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Roberson bolts for NFL

GAINESVILLE -- Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson became Florida's third underclassmen -- and second cornerback -- this offseason to declare for April's NFL Draft, the school announced Friday. 

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Roberson, an All-SEC standout in 2012, played in just seven games this season, battling knee and ankle injuries and recording just three pass breakups. The Fort Lauderdale native was also suspended for the South Carolina game, but the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback opted to forgo his senior year after receiving a favorable grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. 

Despite an enigmatic junior campaign, ESPN's Scouts Inc. tabs Roberson as the fourth-best draft-eligible cornerback and the No. 26 player overall. Although durability issues are a concern, Roberson projects as a late-first to mid-second round pick due to his size, physicality and ball-skills. 

“I’m very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career," Roberson said in a release. "From Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach [Will] Muschamp and the entire coaching staff. It’s been a great experience here and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level.”

Roberson is the sixth player -- and third defensive back -- to leave early for the NFL under Muschamp since 2011. 

“Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL,” Muschamp said in a statement. “Marcus was part of our first recruiting class and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays and, like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree.”

With Roberson and tag-team cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy leaving early for the NFL, Florida is left with just three returning (scholarship) cornerbacks -- Vernon Hargreaves III, Brian Poole and Nick Washington. Senior safety Cody Riggs, formally a corner, could transition back to his old position this spring. Meanwhile, UF currently has four verbal commitments from cornerback prospects in its 2014 class and is among the favorites to land five-star athlete Adoree' Jackson, the nation's No. 6 overall recruit. 

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Lmao...4-8 ? He aint comin back. Who would want to endure another season with the same coach that led them to that record? I was told that if muschamp was fired he would stay another year to better his skills. Guess these guys are smarter than their state institution gives them credit for. Well at least driskel is coming back....bwahahaha!

Cant buy that one muschamp ...gonna take more than 400$ these days

Speaking of 400, Miami gonna need 400 million to upgrade that awful high school facility of theirs. Geez!

Doc, is it true Al G is going to interview for that PSU job?

all will be well once Butch returns...settle down turds

Love your tweets jesse....keep it up.

maybe the canes can put a crowbar in their wallet and buy Golden, Butch or whoever a chair for his office -- instead of that milk crate you guys make him sit on now.

They can change the coach Doc, but they can't polish that turd of a facility anymore than they already have.

Why do yall keep bringin up UM when we are talking on a ufelons blog? Cant argue my facts? LOL! Did your daddy teach U " if U cant beat them, change the subject"?

Man ,jesse your hard in those tweets.lmao.

Dr. Lou thanks for your delusional thoughts since Miami just built at $5MM athletic facility and has the best of everything needed to get a top 40 University rated education as well as being in a World Class City. Why would anyone want to go to a University with no money to update the 1930's buildings and infrastructure of a below average state school. Oh yea and a 4-8 football team with a janitor as the coach, Texas never added him to the list but did take Charlie Strong, guess you gator boys screwed the pooch on that one. BAWAHHHHHAAA

Lol he does look like a janitor....

LOL jesse at your tweets! Clogged toilet offense? Maybe they can call the " janitor" from the football team.lmao. . Also, why didnt texas call muschamp ?

Speaking of janitors, why does UM bother, that s-hole of a football facility can only be polished so much. No wonder Golden is looking to leave, he's sick of telling his recruits to bring their own pads to play in. No wonder he only recruits kids that live close by -- they have to go home to Momma's house to shower every night rather then endure that sewer! BWWAAAAHHHHH!!

Lol lou...its obvious U have never been to uf.

At least penn st is offering lou. Did they offer muschamp? Is he even on the long list? If texas didnt offer, he will be a coordinator where he belongs after next year. Or an assistant janitor at least.

Yup, the whole country is still laughing....at my comments about the awful UM facilities and horrible fans. Who cares if Al leaves or stays. Mark Maye and I only pointed out the obvious.

$5 million? Maybe a big spend 30 years ago. Now-a-days...not so much.

Jlo/Dr. Lou its easy to see through your sophomoric banter and delusional name changing post. You are correct on one thought however uf is the laughing stock of the whole country, maybe next year the defensive lineman can tackle each other when the other teams runs the ball BAWAHHHAAAAA

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