Roberts finishes 3rd in camp competition

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pleasant Home’s Zachery Roberts wanted to see how he’d do against some of the nation’s top football athletes for a second time.

Roberts, a rising senior, didn’t do too bad at all, finishing in third place in the defensive lineman category Saturday at the Step It Up Elite Camp in Miami.

The Step It Up Camp isn’t anything new to Roberts. In March, the 6-foot-4, 292-pounder finished as the top lineman at the same camp, but in Pensacola, Fla.

“Since I went to the first one, I wanted to see how I did against others in this one,” he said. “I wanted to see how well I compete compared to people around the country.”

Roberts drove the 11 hours down to South Beach last Thursday for the one-day camp, where he participated in combine-like drills such as the 40-yard dash, the shuttle and the broad jump.

From there, players were separated into different groups for individual position activities.

Toward the end of the camp, the skill players played in a 7-on-7 tournament, while the linemen participated in a one-on-one competition.

The main difference between the March camp and Saturday’s camp was the skill set of the players, Roberts said.

“Everybody was a lot better at this one,” he said.

Roberts said he learned a bunch of new stuff while at the camp.

“At this camp, we had coaches from small colleges there,” he said. “They taught us what they teach their players. It was a good learning experience.”

Roberts is the son of Tammy Smith of Andalusia, and Ashley Roberts of Florala.