Tegarrius “Tay” Roberts remained patient.
After his senior football season at South Jones, Roberts, already having the talents needed to play at the next level, remained unsigned and in some ways left out - despite being in contact with several colleges.
“With this past season being a COVID year, there were a lot of different college rules that allowed players to return and we were concerned,” said South Jones head coach Todd Breland. “But he found a home. Even through a frustrating process, he never gave up. He kept working. He’s been working out since the seasons been over and kept a positive attitude. Now here he is getting an opportunity.”
Roberts signed with Miles College Wednesday morning inside the Media Center at South Jones in the company of coaches, administrators, family, and friends.
“I had to be patient,” said Roberts. “I kept working and kept a positive mindset throughout it all.”
Roberts said the opportunity is a blessing.
“It’s a good opportunity,” said Roberts. “I’ve worked hard for a lot of stuff. Finally getting a chance to play at the next level is a blessing.”
Breland, who just completed his first season at South Jones as its head coach, complimented Roberts in many ways.
“I knew when I got here that he was a really good football player,” said Breland. “When I got to know him as an individual, I realized what kind of passion he had for football. I knew immediately that he could play and contribute to the next level. He had the desire to do it.”
“Breland means a lot to me,” added Roberts. “It’s hard to explain, but he’s like another dad to me.”
Roberts had several colleges interested in him, but finding a spot of their rosters because of COVID rules allowing current players an extra year of eligibility was the challenge.
“I have several colleges talking to me, but the problem was finding an open spot,” said Roberts. “After seeing my film, [Miles College] gave me an opportunity and a chance, so I took it.”
Miles College is located in Fairfield, Alabama, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).