Avery Roberts career at Nebraska has come to an end.
Roberts, a sophomore, requested a release from his scholarship, a request that has been granted a university spokesperson confirmed to Hail Varsity.
Roberts, a 4-star linebacker from Wilmington, Delaware was perhaps the crown jewel of Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class on defense. He was rated as the seventh-best inside linebacker in the 2017 class and chose Nebraska over Clemson, Penn State and Miami, among others. Roberts was one of four true freshmen to play in 2017, though most of his action came on special teams.
When Scott Frost and his staff arrived, Roberts fell behind in the spring. Dedrick Young II, Mohamed Barry, Collin Miller and Will Honas all made strong cases to be in the mix for playing time this season. Before the summer, inside linebacker coach Barrett Ruud challenged Roberts publicly.
“He's got to get in shape and he's got to get his movements a lot better," Ruud said.
"He's a smart kid and he's worked hard at it, but his movements aren't where they need to be and his conditioning's not where it needs to be, so the summer's going to be huge for him. I think he needs to lose a little bit of weight and I think he needs to really, really buy in to what Coach [Zach] Duval wants him to do this summer."