Roberson heads to the NFL

Roberson heads to the NFL

Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson announced on Friday that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. The junior was a part of Will Muschamp's first recruiting class but dealt with an injury-plagued 2013 season.

"Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Will Muschamp said. "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."

Roberson played in seven games and started four during the 2013 season, totaling 11 tackles with three pass breakups. In his career, Roberson made 56 tackles with 17 pass breakups and three interceptions.

His best season came in 2012. Roberson was named to the All-SEC Second Team while tallying 23 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 12 pass breakups.

His departure leaves holes in the Florida secondary. After fellow cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy also announced his intentions to enter the draft, Florida returns only Vernon Hargreaves with cornerback experience last season. Brian Poole could slide outside after serving as the team's nickel last year, and Cody Riggs has experience at cornerback before serving at safety the last two years.

"I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career," Marcus Roberson said. "From Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach 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."

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