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Thursday August 11, 2011 As far as first impressions go, Gators freshman Roberson has made a strong one

Handing out praise to a true freshman after five days of fall camp is sort of like saying a movie will be great because you read the book.

You just never know.

Gators freshman CB Marcus Roberson

Still, as the Gators give their impressions of camp so far, freshman cornerback Marcus Roberson’s name seems to keep popping up. Click here to read Roberson's player bio on

“A lot is expected of him,’’ safety Josh Shaw said. “We’ve seen him this offseason and he looks pretty good.’’

Josh Evans also mentioned Roberson by name – unprompted – recently after practice.

Defensive tackle Omar Hunter likes what he’s seen of Roberson, too.

“He reminds me of a Joe Haden almost,’’ Hunter said. “He even wears that No. 5, so maybe that’s what it is. He comes out and he’s young, and he never lets anything get to him.

“He always holds his head up and he goes out to work.’’

Roberson arrived at UF with strong credentials. He played at St. Thomas Aquinas on a defense that featured co-defensive coordinator Robbie Wenger, older brother of recent UF offensive line transfer Dan Wenger.

Roberson was a late addition to Florida’s 2011 recruiting class, having developed a strong relationship with defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson when Robinson was recruiting him for Texas Tech. When Robinson joined Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida, Roberson chose the Gators over Texas Tech, Auburn and USC.

Roberson is considered an excellent cover man and he was a playmaker for St. Thomas Aquinas, helping the Fort Lauderdale powerhouse go 15-0 as a senior.

Muschamp has noticed Roberson as well early in camp.

“He’s a guy that football is very important to him,’’ Muschamp said. “He spends an awful lot of time studying the game, spending extra time in the meeting room. He’s always early to the meeting room.

“I’ve been very pleased in five practices. He’s got to continue to do it.’’

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