Auburn On The Rise For Roberts

Stephen Roberts

Opelika standout DB and Alabama commitment Stephen Roberts made another visit to Auburn on Saturday and says the Tigers are making an impact.

Opelika, Ala.--Even though he's committed to Alabama, Opelika four-star defensive back Stephen Roberts has been a regular at Auburn games this fall. In fact he's been to every Auburn home game this season at Jordan-Hare Stadium, including Saturday's win over Florida Atlantic.

Spending time with several Opelika teammates and watching as Gus Malzahn's team dismantled the overmatched Owls to improve to 7-1 on the season, Roberts says he has another good visit seeing Auburn take home a victory.

"It was great," Roberts tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The atmosphere was great. The players were great and really it was everybody. I think it was just a great atmosphere."

While he's still a verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide, Roberts admits that Auburn is making more and more of a move with every visit he makes to the Plains. One of the reasons why is that he says everything Malzahn told him during the recruiting process is coming true on the field this fall.

"Auburn gets better and better every time I go there," Roberts says. "I think it's kind of awesome right now. They are rising like coach Malzahn said.

"I like that they never give up," Roberts adds of the Tigers. "They always talk about playing together and I like that as a team. I think you should be that way and win as a team."

Playing for the team is something Roberts is very familiar with as he has been forced to do what is best for the Bulldogs this season. With his strength on defense and returning kicks, the 6-1 Roberts has played quarterback the last two games for Opelika because of an injury to the starter. That was the case on Friday night as Malzahn and Auburn assistant Charlie Harbison looked on as Opelika fell in a tough battle to rival Auburn.

Now forced to go on the road in the playoffs to McGill-Toolen in the first round in two weeks, Roberts says he feels like by the time they take on the Yellow Jackets they could be hitting their stride in the hopes of making another deep run in the 6A playoffs. If that's the case Roberts will be at the center of it all.

"It has made me a little bit tougher," Roberts says. "It has shown I can do more things and just be a leader. It has forced me to step up and help us through it."

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