Roberts named Eastbay All-American

Friday, January 17, 2014
LMS eighth grader David Roberts was recently named to the Eastbay Youth All-American football team and competed at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. Photos submitted

David Roberts, an eighth grader at LMS was recently awarded an East Bay Youth Football All-American tag, competing on the East squad in an ESPN 3 broadcasted game at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX on Jan. 5.

Roberts and his parents spent the first week of the New Year in San Antonio, practicing with his new team that included top-notch players from all over the United States.

"We are more than pleased with the experience David gained," said his father David. "He was playing with and against the top players in the country."

Big move

David Roberts won the job as long snapper on the East squad.

Primarily a defensive tackle at home with the LMS Tigers, Roberts was moved to offensive guard on the East squad and also won the position of long snapper for the contest.

The East squad would eventually lose 22-10 in a well-played ballgame.

"I am thankful for the opportunity and the skills I learned with the Eastbay All-American team," said Roberts. "I will work hard to make it back to San Antonio as a freshman."

The road to get to the Alamo dome started back in the early fall when LMS was playing a game at West Wilson Middle School in Lebanon.

Recruiter's notice

Roberts, as well as a couple other LMS players caught the eye of former NFL player and current recruiter for the Football University (FBU) Dennis Stallings.

After several attempts to convince the young players to come be a part of team Nashville and compete for a chance to play for the FBU National Championship, Roberts' parents David and Joetta Roberts made the decision that this was a great opportunity for David to play with and against top players in the country.

"With coaching by former NFL players, we felt this was a no brainer to add to his skills in football," said Mr. Roberts.

In November, Roberts joined team Nashville in Murfreesboro where he practiced all day long every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month.

Among the best

The FBU eighth-grade team was handpicked with some of the top players in the state of TN and the squad garnered a lot of attention because of the great coaching staff and talented ball players.

"David was one of my favorite kids," said Team Nashville Director and former Florida Gator wide receiver Lorenzo Spikes. "This was a great experience for him and his family."

With high hopes of reaching the Alamo Bowl, Team Nashville won 48-0 in a first round contest at Brentwood Academy on Dec. 14, 2013, played in bitter cold conditions.

Round two against Kentucky resulted in 38-8 win as Roberts recorded eight tackles and had four sacks in the first two games.

Team Nashville would lose in round three 28-7 to the eventual national champion Georgia squad, as they were denied their dream of going to San Antonio and playing in the National Championship game.

In a loser's bracket contest, Nashville beat East NC 25-6 as Roberts earned four tackles and two sacks.

Special honor

After the game in Atlanta, Spikes and Eric Richards, National Youth Director for FBU and the Youth All American Game announced that Roberts and two of his Team Nashville teammates were named to the Eastbay Youth All American Team.

"You see a lot of kids from these small towns that don't get a lot of attention, so when we get a chance we like to go in there to give them a shot and David did very well," said Spikes. "He has a great future ahead of him and we will keep monitoring his progress. He now has his name out there and he also has a fast track to come back next year and he can work his way toward the big Army American Bowl in the future."

After the whirlwind week in Texas, Roberts and his family are glad to be back in TN, as young David will soon begin preparation for his freshman season with MCHS Tigers.