GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman football standout Harris Roberts has been named Furman ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month for December, it has been announced.
The redshirt senior quarterback from Cumming, Ga., will be presented the award at halftime of Furman's Jan. 24 men's basketball game versus Chattanooga.
Roberts, a team captain, served as the starting signal caller on the Paladins' 2018 Southern Conference championship team, overcoming a preseason thumb injury and mid-season concussion to pass for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games. In the final contest of his career he completed 16-of-23 passes for 189 yards and career best five touchdowns in a 35-30, conference title clinching road victory over Mercer.
He finished the campaign with a 182.59 passing efficiency rating, a new school season record.
Last week he was among 47 players nationwide named to the 2018 Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
A four-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll selection, he sports a 3.67 GPA and is on schedule to secure bachelor's degrees from both Furman and Clemson this spring as part of the Furman-Clemson dual degree cooperative engineering program. He has completed his required curriculum at Furman (pre-engineering) and is now enrolled full-time in Clemson's mechanical engineering studies.
On Sept. 2, 2018, Roberts became the first known player in NCAA football history to start a game against the school in which he was enrolled as a full-time student (Clemson) when he took to the field as the Paladins' quarterback against the eventual FBS national champion Tigers.
Roberts' unique story was profiled by several major news organizations, including USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Associated Press, and ESPN.com, and featured on ESPN's SportsCenter (video) following a campus visit by Marty Smith.
The Furman ScanSource Student-Athlete Leader of the Month award was created to honor Paladin student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.
Hunter Reid, Sports Information