Leesburg, VA (July 6, 2016) – Tuscarora graduate Jonathan Roebuck will play football for Concord University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“It felt great to commit to Concord and know where I was going to be for the next four years of my life, said Roebuck. At times, my recruiting experience was very stressful. I had some schools overlook me, but once Concord contacted me I knew they would be the right fit. It was great that I didn’t have to worry about where I would be going to college, and could focus on training in preparation for competing at the next level.”
Concord University is a public, liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia. Known for its picturesque campus which has been dubbed “The Campus Beautiful”, Concord was founded in 1872, has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,259, its setting is rural, and has a campus size of 123 acres. Concord University’s ranking in the 2016 edition U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Regional South is #47.
“Location was a big factor in my decision to commit to Concord, said Roebuck. Concord is far from home, but close enough to maintain the support from family. I also liked the Concord culture. I’m used to the football team having a family atmosphere, and it felt that way with Concord. I feel the environment is set up to me to succeed on both the field and in the classroom.”
Roebuck’s head football coach will be Paul Price. Coach Price was announced as the head football coach in January 2016 after his five year stint as defensive coordinator helped make the CU defense one of the best in the region. Under Price’s guidance, the Mountain Lions’ defense has been a regular near the top of just about every one of the Mountain East Conference defensive statistical categories. This past season, the Mountain Lions had the second-best scoring defense in the MEC (20.8), and ranked second in rushing defense (115.9) and fourth in passing defense (226.4). In 2014, Price’s defense was first in the MEC in takeaways (32) and second in sacks (23). Additionally, CU ranked in the top among all Division II teams in interceptions (22). Concord’s ability to create turnovers and put pressure on the opponents’ offense helped the Mountain Lions make an appearance in the NCAA Division II national semifinals, and win both the Super Region One Championship and MEC Championship.
“My expectations first year are to do great in the classroom, keep my head straight, work hard on the football field, and compete for an opportunity to play.”
Roebuck, a 2016 VHSL 5A North 2nd Team All-Region and Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Football Team selection at defensive back, has played football since the seventh grade. Asked about one of his fondest gridiron memories during that time, Roebuck shared, “Just playing the game of football, playing the game I love on Fortune Field. It was the best feeling in the world. I will miss the blood, sweat, and tears shared with the Tuscarora brotherhood.”
“I am thankful of my Mom, Jeannie Brown and my Cousin, Greg Fenner for all the support and love they have given me, said Jonathan. They both pushed me to be the man that I am today. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it this far. I’d also like to thank the whole Tuscarora football staff for everything and all they’ve done to help me get to this point. And a special shoutout to my teammates for sticking together as one and never giving up on each other when times got hard. #fortunestrong”
Asked what advice he’d give other on pursuing their dreams, Jonathan shared, “Always do the extra. When it comes to workouts, be the first one there and the last one to leave. That extra, and hard work will carry you a long way. Never give up on your dreams, no matter how hard it is. You only get four years of high school sports. Don’t take it for granted and enjoy every moment of it.”
Please join us in wishing Jonathan Roebuck the very best on the gridiron and in the classroom as he pursues a degree in Business Management from Concord University.
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