Unquestioned leader of the defense and the team...most experienced of the defensive linemen...is expected to be a playmaker on the defensive front from the end position after spending last season at tackle.
As the lone returning starter, provides veteran leadership to the defensive front...team leader in sacks (4.0) and second in tackles for loss (6.0)...two sacks, five tackles vs. Connecticut...recorded six tackles vs. Pittsburgh...had three tackles for loss and two sacks in the win over Eastern Michigan.
Versatile performer who became a mainstay at defensive tackle after serving as a backup DE in 2003...recorded 32 tackles...made eight tackles, including a career-high seven solos, and had a blocked FG vs. Syracuse...had 2.5 tackles for loss and four QB hurries vs. UAB...aggressive defender who exhibits good strength and quickness...earned his third letter.
Saw extensive playing time as a backup, primarily subbing for all-conference choice Trent Cole...played in all 12 games and started the Rhode Island game in place of the injured Cole...40 total tackles with a tackle for loss...had a career-high nine tackles vs. Rhode Island...made six tackles vs. Louisville...earned his second letter.
Reserve defensive tackle who played in every game, making 16 tackles. . . played 141 defensive downs, adding five tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and one quarterback hit. . . had a season-high four tackles, including two for losses, in win over Houston.
Two-year starter at Milford Academy, playing for coach Bill Chaplek. . . started at linebacker in 2000 and defensive end in 2001. . . had seven sacks in 2001. . . helped team to an 8-2 record each season.
High School: First team all-city choice as a senior at Midwood High, playing for coach Marshall Tames. . . named to the Big 44 team by the New York Daily News after setting school record with 139 tackles.
Born August 28, 1982 in Brooklyn, N.Y. . . son of Colin and Delia Roberts. . . is an only child...communications major.