Roberts selected National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete
PRESCOTT – After a stellar senior campaign for the Prescott football team that saw linebacker Luke Roberts earn a first-team All-Section nomination this past fall, he can now add another award to his mantel.
On April 2, the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation recognized Roberts as a “Top 60” High School Football Scholar Athlete for the class of 2016.
Roberts was also nominated after his junior season, but wasn’t selected, and when the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Badger linebacker found out he was selected this year, he said it was “pretty cool.”
“I was surprised to make second team. I was awestruck, and there were a lot of kids from different high schools,” Roberts said. “It was cool to hear all their stories on how they got there, and what they want to do and where they want to go.”
Former Prescott head football coach Cody Collett said Roberts was the “perfect” candidate for such a prestigious award.
“He’s always had great time management skills, always dependable. He worked hard for us and did a great job,” said Collett, who nominated Roberts for the award. “He epitomizes the player that we wanted in our program, which is a kid that works in the classroom and on the field. He was a very deserving kid.”
Held at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, the 35th annual NFF Awards Banquet and blue-ribbon selection committee honored Roberts with the chapter’s second team nomination, and a one-time scholarship of $750 to the university of his choice.
Roberts, who had 78 tackles (73 solo), 11 sacks and one interception for the Badgers this past fall, anchored a defense that helped Prescott finish 7-3 overall.
A two-year team captain, Roberts was named on the Arizona Varsity Rivals’ second team All-State list and he won the “Tough Boot Award” in 2015.
Posting a perfect 4.0 GPA, Roberts was a Prescott High School Baird Scholarship nominee, and a National Academy of Future Physicians Scientist Award of Excellence nominee.
Roberts will be attending the University of Arizona with a pre-physiology major and plans a career in medicine.
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