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Roberts to play football
for Ottawa University



Devin Roberts (front, left) signs his letter of intent to play football at Ottawa University. With him are Ottawa head coach Kent Kessinger and (back) his parents, Debra and Eric Roberts.

Gretchen Hunt
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Recent Hoxie graduate Devin Roberts will continue his football career at the collegiate level.

He recently signed his letter of intent to play for Ottawa University, an NAIA Division II school in Ottawa, Kan. The Braves, who are ranked 10th nationally in the NAIA, are expected to use Roberts in the running back position.

He ran for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in that position.

Roberts, who also played linebacker for the Mustangs, was named All-Conference and second-team All-State his senior year.

On defense, he finished with 53 tackles, four quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also returned one interception for a score, a play that set a school record for the longest interception return for a touchdown.

Hoxie head coach Tom Sears said he is excited to see Roberts take this step.

"I'm very proud of Devin and his accomplishments," Sears said. "He had a great senior year for us. He was a great leader, and I believe his best football is going to be ahead of him."

Roberts, who is the son of Eric and Debra Roberts of Hoxie, received interest from several Division II teams before reaching his decision to play for the Braves. He will be moving to Ottawa on Aug. 10.

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