New Coach, New Role

New Coach, New Role

Despite giving his verbal commitment to Charlie Weis, running back Cameron Roberson is a happier man today, because he sees different opportunities under Brian Kelly.

Cameron Roberson (6-foot-1, 219-pounds) is finishing his last days of high school, but his attention has been on his future for some time. He's been preparing to transition from high school running back to college freshman and he feels that he's put himself in position to be successful.

"Pretty much just finishing the last week of school and training," Roberson responded when asked what has occupied his final days before heading to Notre Dame. "I've doing the same workouts I've been doing, but Notre Dame sent me a workout packet and I've been incorporating it into my training.

"I workout with a trainer at Proactive Sports. It's the same place that Michael Floyd, Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate work out at when they come out here. I've been going three times a week since January.

Roberson isn't sure what to expect when he gets to Notre Dame, but he understands that there is a lot of work ahead of him.

"I have to go in there and work as hard as I can and prove myself on the field," he said. "If I can't get some carries, I hope to be able to help the team out on special teams.

"The coaches said show up in shape. They said that they'd like to keep me around 215-220-pounds. I feel pretty good based on what I'm able to do. I feel that I'm in pretty good shape.

"I'm pretty anxious to get out there," Camerson said. "It's going to be a lot different when I go out there, but I think I've prepared myself. I'm anxious to start summer workouts and start my classes. I'm just excited to get out there and move into the dorms. "

Cameron has always wanted to carry the football, but he wasn't sure he was a good fit for Charlie Weis' offensive system. Despite his concerns Roberson committed to Notre Dame and never looked back. As things turned out, the right system seems to have found him.

"A lot of people were skeptical after coach Weis left," he explained. "He recruited me to be a big-back, but my original position was running back, and I think I'm a running back first. Coach Weis wanted to use me in a two-back set as more of a back that would run the ball up the middle... more of a bigger back.

"When coach Kelly came in, he said he needed me to be a back that can do more than run the ball, but also a guy that can catch the ball and be big enough and strong enough to block. He uses versatile backs in his offense and that's pretty much how I was used in high school. It definitely was a change for the better.

"I wasn't too big on going in and playing a fullback role, but I was going to do it. But now, I can't believe it. I'm going to be going in and be used the same way I was used in high school. We used a spread offense in high school and we'll be doing the same thing at Notre Dame. And being the only running back in the class definitely gives me more confidence.

"I wanted to go to Notre Dame, so my decision wasn't based on the coach," he said. "On my official visit I was kind of between Notre Dame and Northwestern. I was thinking about committing the whole trip, but it hit when I was on the campus tour. I was riding around campus and looking at the buildings, when I was done I told my parents that's where I wanted to go to school."

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