Spring Football Profile --Terrell Roberts

April 12, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - Senior cornerback Terrell Roberts is one of five seniors expected to start on the defense for the 2002 season. Roberts has played in 32 games for his career, accumulating 62 total tackles, and three interceptions. The Richmond, Cal., native has also been featured on special teams, including as a punt returner. The following comments are from Roberts after a recent practice:

Q. Some of your teammates have stated this year's team belongs to the defense. Do you agree with that assessment?

A. 'Absolutely. The defense brings a certain mentality to this team. We have a dominant mentality, we bring that edge, that confidence, and that carries over to the offense.'

Q. Describe the intensity of practice to this point in spring drills?

A. 'This spring reminds me of the year we went to the Fiesta Bowl. You can definitely see the similarities, as far as the speed on the defense and just the overall mentality. This team has an opportunity to be very dominant on defense, much like what you saw two years ago.'

Q. Is there a noticeable difference this spring session, compared to last year?

A. 'There is more of a focus this year. We got slapped in the face last year after coming off a great season in 2000. There is a lot of intensity and hard work this year, because we have numerous seniors on this team and they want to finish their careers on a high note. This is our last chance, so we want to go out with a bang, and we know we have the caliber of a team to do that.'

Q. Is there one area you thought the defense could really improve upon from last year?

A. 'I don't think that it's so much at one position or another, I think it's more about the consistency. We need to be dominant from start to finish, not just late in the season or late in a game.'

Q. A lot of fans have commented on the change in your body from last fall. What was your regiment during the offseason?

A. 'Mostly just working out with Trent (Trent Greener, strength and conditioning coach) and doing what I was asked to do by the coaches. I did gain a couple of pounds and have become stronger. Mainly, it was just follow the program that was developed for the team.'

Q. You have played cornerback and safety at OSU, do you have a favorite position?

A. 'I really don't. I think I can play both positions equally well.'

Q. Do you have any lasting memories from the hit you received as a punt returner at Fresno State last year?

A. 'I think about it on occasion, and it probably will be more in my mind when we play Fresno State this season. I just have to block that hit out and try to make plays.'

Q. You have been working against the offensive first unit, what are your impressions at this point?

A. 'They are a very talented group. Coach Erickson has a reputation for recruiting talented offensive players. They're young in some areas, but I do see a lot of talent, and hopefully the entire unit can grow throughout spring ball. If the offense develops we should have a very good team, because the defense is ready to go. This team can do a lot of good things this year.'

Q. The wide receivers have more experience this spring than last year, do you notice a difference in their abilities?

A. 'There is a big difference in the talent of the receivers this season. The receivers are more than just good athletes now, they are also technicians. James Newson is a prime example of someone who has become a great technician - he's always been a very talented athlete, but now he is running very sharp and precise routes. I have seen a lot of growth in the play of our receivers over the last couple of years.'

Q. Will the fans in attendance at Saturday's scrimmage notice anything different about this team?

A. 'I can't really speak for the offense, but from a defensive standpoint, you will see a lot of intensity. There will be a lot of hard hits from the defense, and a lot of playmaking.

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