All-State football team: Norman's Donovan Roberts played early and hurt in becoming school's career rushing and scoring leader

DONOVAN ROBERTS — His performance and the Sooners' loss of running backs earned the Norman High runner a scholarship offer from Oklahoma. But Roberts says he's sticking with his commitment to Arkansas.
By RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: January 1, 2012

“They're both such competitors,” Patterson said. “The more you give it to them, the better they get. Donovan is a between-the-tackles runner. He might not have the speed that Flanders does on the corner but he's got incredible instincts when he's got the ball.”

Roberts, just a week after missing much of Norman's game against Jenks with an injury, rushed for more than 200 yards against the Rams.

Even on the sidelines just after his injury, Roberts told Tigers coach Greg Nation not to worry.

“He just kept saying, ‘I'm going to play. No matter what it says, I'm going to play,'” Nation said.

Roberts, like fellow All-Stater Keon Hatcher, had long been committed to Arkansas. Postseason transfers and Roberts' numbers this season were enough to draw an offer from Oklahoma but Roberts is sticking with the Razorbacks.


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