Tre Roberson
No. 31 – Calgary Stampeders
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 28)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central
College:Illinois State
Career history
*Minnesota Vikings ( 2016 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
*Grey Cup champion (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Player stats at
Player stats at

Trerein "Tre" E. Roberson (born October 22, 1992) is a Canadian football cornerback who is currently playing for the Calgary Stampeders. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. Prior to entering the NFL, Roberson was a collegiate quarterback at Indiana University and Illinois State University. Roberson had a 3–4 win/loss ratio for his career as the starting quarterback at Indiana and a 23–5 ratio for Illinois State.

Roberson played high school football at Lawrence Central High School, where he was a two sport athlete, and won the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football. He committed to Indiana University on April 10, 2010, and became the first ever true freshman to start at quarterback for the Hoosiers. In June 2014, Roberson announced his intentions to leave Indiana and transfer to Illinois State University of the FCS.[1]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Roberson was born on October 22, 1992 to Gajuan Roberson and Monica Highbaugh. He began his high school career as a student at North Central High School, where he was a member of the basketball team. After his freshman year, he transferred to Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was a member of the football (coached by Jayson West) and basketball (coached by J.R. Shelt) teams. In his first football season with Lawrence Central, he was thrust into the starting quarterback role after the regular start left the game with an injury. With his team trailing 14–0, and playing North Central, Roberson went on to lead the team to a 28–16 second half victory.[2] Roberson went on to be the starter for the next 3 years leading his team to a 13–2 record and an appearance in the Indiana Class 5-A football state championship game his senior season, losing 38–19 to Fishers High School.[3] With outstanding numbers during his senior season, which saw him complete 144 passes on 237 attempts for 2,611 yards, 24 touchdowns and four interceptions, while also running for 1,950 rushing yards and 21 scores, Roberson was named the 2010 Indiana Mr. Football.[4] He received 19 of 50 first place votes from the Indiana Football Coaches Association. Roberson beat out Fishers High School quarterback/defensive back Koby Orris, who led his team to the 5A title over Roberson's Lawrence Central team, was second with 13 votes.[5] He was also named to the Associated Press All-State football team 2010.[6]

Recruiting[edit | edit source]

Roberson committed to Indiana University on April 10, 2010.[7] Roberson was offered football scholarships by Purdue and Toledo, while also gaining interest from Oregon, Illinois and Ball State, but he quickly signed with the Hoosiers after they offered him a scholarship.[8] On November 28, 2010, Indiana fired their head coach Bill Lynch, who had recruited Roberson.[9] On December 7, the Hoosiers announced that they had hired Oklahoma's offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, as their new head coach.[10] Wilson made it clear that he wanted to keep most of the players that had committed to Lynch's staff, and Roberson did not change his mind about coming to Indiana and signed with the Hoosiers on National Signing Day.[11]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Tre Roberson
Indianapolis, Indiana Lawrence Central High School 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 170 lb (77 kg) Apr 10,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 172 (WR)   Rivals: 28 (QB), 11 (IN)
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career[edit | edit source]

Indiana[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

Roberson arrived on the Indiana University campus on the summer of 2011, and was one of five candidates to replace starter Ben Chappell, who had graduated.[12] Within a few weeks it was between Roberson, Edward Wright-Baker and Dusty Kiel for the starting spot, and come September 3, Wright-Baker was named the team's starter with Roberson as the 3rd stringer.[13] For the five games of the season, Roberson appeared in two games where he was used a wildcat quarterback running for 7 yards on 3 carries. During a October 10 game against Illinois, Roberson came in after Dusty Kiel proved to be ineffective. Completing 11 of 17 passes for 148 yards while throwing an interception. His play was impressive enough to cause a stir amongst the media,[14] but with the Hoosiers next game being at No. 4 Wisconsin, it was decided that Wright-Baker would again start for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers lost 59–7 against the Badgers with Roberson seeing playing time in relief of Wright-Baker. He completed two passes on just five attempts for 10 yards.[15] On Friday, November 21, the Hoosier program learned that top recruit, Gunner Kiel, had decommited from the program, and would explore other options. Without Gunner's commitment, the Hoosiers seemed to place their future in Roberson's hands.[16] The following day Roberson was named the Hoosiers starting quarterback against the Iowa Hawkeyes. With his first snap, he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Hoosiers in program history.[2] In the game, he completed 16-of-24 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed the ball 15 times for 82 yards.[17] For his efforts, he was named the Big Ten freshman of the week.[18]

2012[edit | edit source]

The Hoosiers began their 2012 campaign at home against Indiana State. Roberson had one rushing touchdown and completed 26 passes for 280 yards including a 71 yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Shane Wynn. Indiana won the game 24–17. Against Massachusetts, Roberson broke his left leg and missed the remainder of the season.[19] Prior to his injury, he had rushed for 114 yards with two touchdowns and had completed 7 of 14 passes for 88 yards with one touchdown and one interception during the game. During his absence, Indiana's record was 2–8. He was replaced by Cameron Coffman and Nathan Sudfeld.[19] Because Roberson was injured so early on in the season, he was granted a medical redshirt, so he would still have three years of eligibility remaining.

2013[edit | edit source]

Roberson entered the 2013 Spring Game as the starting quarterback. Throughout the first few weeks of the season, Roberson and Nate Sudfeld switched off with the quarterbacking duties. In the opening win against Indiana State, Roberson started the game and threw two touchdowns and 71 yards through the air before Sudfeld was subbed in. He appeared briefly in the second game against Navy in which the Hoosiers would lose, and rushed for a touchdown in the third game, a win against the Bowling Green Falcons. In the fourth game of the season against the Missouri Tigers, Roberson entered the game in the third quarter and completed 8 of 14 passes for 148 yards, a touchdown through the air and another on the ground. Indiana lost the game 45–28. Throughout the remainder of the season, Roberson appeared on and off until the final game of the season against the Purdue Boilermakers. In that game, Roberson threw for 273 and 6 touchdown passes, and led IU to a 56–36 victory over their arch rivals.

Illinois State[edit | edit source]

2014[edit | edit source]

After finishing spring practice in Bloomington, it was expected that Roberson would continue to split snaps with teammate Nate Sudfeld in the upcoming season. However, on June 11, Roberson announced his decision to transfer from Indiana.[20] In doing so, he became the second former starting QB to leave the team in offseason after Cam Coffman's transfer to Wyoming.[21] Just two days later, Roberson tweeted that he would be transferring to Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois to join head coach Brock Spack and the Redbirds. Because ISU is an FCS school, Roberson was eligible to play immediately as a redshirt junior with two years of NCAA eligibility remaining. After winning the job for starting quarterback, Roberson began the 2014 campaign with a 62–0 blowout victory over Mississippi Valley State. In the game, he passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns, and was finally rested for backup Blake Winkler. Roberson and fellow teammate running back Marshaun Coprich would lead the team to a 13–2 record on the season, making it all the way to the division championship before losing 29–27 to North Dakota State.

2015[edit | edit source]

The Redbirds opened up the 2015 season against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. After much hype for the new season, Illinois State was defeated by a score of 31–14. Roberson completed just 5 of 12 passes for 49 yards before leaving the game due to cramps and being replaced by Jake Kolbe. The Redbirds would rebound the following two weeks, defeating Morgan State 67–14 and Eastern Illinois 34–31. The Redbirds finished the regular season with a record of 9-2, and then advanced to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs. After defeating Western Illinois by a score of 36-19, they would go on to lose to Richmond by a score of 39-27 and ending their season with a 10-3 record. Roberson finished with 18 touchdown passes to 9 interceptions on the season and adding 11 more scores on the ground.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft[edit | edit source]

Due to eligibility constraints, Roberson's collegiate career ended after January 2016. Although he was eligible for the NFL Draft, he was not invited to the combine and was not expected to be drafted.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 196 lb33 34 in9 in 4.52 s 1.47 s 2.54 s 4.20 s 6.79 s 37 ½ in 10 ft 1 in 14 reps

Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

After switching to cornerback, Roberson worked out at Illinois State's Pro Day and was offered a tryout by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 9, 2016, it was announced that Roberson had signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Despite a strong performance in the preseason, he was released by the Vikings as part of final roster cuts on September 3, 2016.[22] Shortly afterwards, Roberson was signed to the team's practice squad.[23] On September 6, 2016, he was released from the Vikings' practice squad.[24] On September 13, he was re-signed to their practice squad.[25] He was released on October 5, 2016 and re-signed again on October 18. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Vikings on January 2, 2017.[26]

On September 2, 2017, Roberson was waived by the Vikings.[27]

Calgary Stampeders[edit | edit source]

Roberson signed with the Calgary Stampeders in May 2018.[28]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

College[edit | edit source]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Indiana Hoosiers
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2011 81 142 937 57.0 3 6 111.0 109 426 3.9 2
2012 33 50 368 66.0 2 1 137.0 12 133 11.1 3
2013 83 138 1,128 60.1 15 4 158.9 85 423 5.0 5
Illinois State Redbirds
2014 208 359 3,221 55.1 30 10 155.31 171 1,029 6.0 11
2015 119 243 2,225 49.0 18 9 171.2 123 777 6.3 11
NCAA Career Totals 524 1,121 7,879 46.7 68 30 120.5 500 2,788 5.6 32


Personal life[edit | edit source]

Roberson's grandfather, Larry Highbaugh (1950-2017), played as a defensive back and ran track at Indiana University from 1968 to 1971, where he won the 100 and 220, long jump and sprint relay as a sophomore at Big Tens, becoming the first athlete to win the "Jesse Owens Slam". He also played briefly with the Dallas Cowboys, spent 13 years in the Canadian Football League playing for the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2004.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sean Merriman (June 13, 2014). "Tre Roberson announces transfer to Illinois State". Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alex McCarthy (October 26, 2011). "Tre Roberson becomes 1st true freshman quarterback to start for IU football team.". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  3. Kyle Neddenriep (November 28, 2010). "Containing Lawrence Central's Tre Roberson key for Fishers". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.[dead link]
  4. Kyle Neddenriep (December 14, 2010). "Meet Indiana Mr. Football: Lawrence Central's Tre Roberson". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  5. "Lawrence Central QB Tre Roberson is Mr. Football".,0,4504940.story. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  6. "Lawrence Central QB Tre Roberson heads APs All-State high school football team". Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  7. "Tre Roberson". Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  8. "Tre Roberson". Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  9. "Indiana Hoosiers fired coach Bill Lynch after another losing season.". Archived from the original on 2013-10-20. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  10. "Okalhoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is Indiana's new football coach".,0,4020896.story. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  11. Andy Proffet (February 3, 2011). "Hoosiers land Indiana Mr. Football Tre Roberson in signing day". Tribune-Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  12. Cliff Brunt (August 9, 2011). "IU has 5 QBs competing for starting job". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  13. John Taylor (September 3, 2011). "Wright-Baker to start at QB for Indiana over ‘other’ Kiel". NBC. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  14. Terry Hutchens (October 8, 2011). "OK, Tre Roberson played but should he play next week?". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  15. "Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers – Box Score". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  16. Terry Hutchens (October 23, 2011). "Indiana loses 5th in row to Iowa 45–24". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  17. Scott Agness (October 22, 2011). "IU loses at Iowa, but they found their quarterback in Tre Roberson". Vigilant Sports. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  18. "Five Big Ten Schools Earn Weekly Football Honors". Big Ten. October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson could be back to campus by Wednessday(sic)". Indianapolis Star. September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  20. Brent Yarina (June 11, 2014). "Indiana QB Tre Roberson announces he will transfer". Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  21. Dustin Dopirak (May 16, 2014). "Coffman announces he is transferring to Wyoming". Bloomington Herald-Times. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  22. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set 53-Man Roster". September 3, 2016.
  23. "Vikings Sign 9 Players To Practice Squad".
  24. "Vikings Sign Bykowski to Practice Squad, Release Roberson".
  25. "Vikings Sign Cornerbacks Tre Roberson and Julian Wilson to Practice Squad".
  26. Peters, Craig (January 2, 2017). "Vikings Sign 9 Practice Squad Players to Futures Contracts".
  27. "Vikings Announce Roster Moves, Set Roster". September 2, 2017.
  28. "STAMPS NOTES: Roberson following in grandfather’s footsteps". 30 May 2018.
  29. "Tre Roberson". Sports Reference LLC.. Retrieved September 12, 2014.

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