Monroe to WR; Roberson to LB

Speedy freshman D.J. Monroe, the Offensive MVP of the 2008 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Stars Game, will begin his collegiate career at WR, Longhorn coach Mack Brown said. Meanwhile, freshman Ryan Roberson will begin at linebacker when the 2008 preseason begins Monday.
Most expected D.J. Monroe to help build depth in the secondary, but he’ll instead start out on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, the 5-10, 226-pound Ryan Roberson chose defense over running back.

“(Defensive coordinator) Will (Mushcamp) has really been recruiting Ryan,” Brown quipped.

Both freshmen are expected to be involved on special teams with Monroe getting a close look as a return specialist.

Monroe has been clocked at just under 4.4 and is a two-time state 100-meter champion. Widely considered one of the top three corners to play in the state of Texas last season, Monroe strictly played on offense last week at the Alamodome. He finished with 120 yards and one TD on just nine carries.

“Anybody who saw D.J. in the All-Star game knows where his heart is,” Brown said. “He loves to get the ball in his hands.”

Monroe averaged 5.6 yards-per-carry and 16 yards-per-catch as an Angleton senior. He also recorded eight career INTs and was a 4A All-State selection at FS.

Roberson excelled at both RB and LB while at Brenham. He was a third-team 4A all-state selection at FB after notching 1,154 rushing yards and 21 TDs during his final two seasons.