Not many people have heard of him, but Buffalo Bulls WR Naaman Roosevelt is a name that many people will know within the next few years.
Roosevelt is a native of Buffalo, New York and was the Western New York record-holder for most touchdowns thrown in a single season. He threw 35 during his senior year at Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, New York.
When Roosevelt moved on to college, he changed his primary position from QB to WR, as the second string QB during his first two seasons. He was also the primary return guy for the Bulls his freshman season.
During his freshman year at UB, Roosevelt caught 31 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 11 punt returns for 144 yards, and 28 kick returns for 724 yards. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Bowling Green State, getting him special teams player of the week.
In his sophomore campaign, Roosevelt caught the ball 63 times for 766 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 10 punt returns for 76 yards and 21 kick returns for 471 yards.
Roosevelt is currently in his junior season and is having a great year thus far. He has 68 catches for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. One of his touchdowns won the "Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the week" award as he caught a "Hail Mary" pass with time expired against Temple, to win the game.
His play is also up for the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the year award. With two games left in the regular season, Roosevelt is expected to finish off the year with 82 catches for 1145 yards and 10 touchdowns.
It is not very often that a receiver coming out of the Mid-American Conference drafts high in the NFL Draft or even makes an NFL team, but everyone needs to keep an eye on this young talent.
After he graduates next year he will get drafted anywhere between the fifth and seventh round. And, at the very least, could be a key special teams player in the NFL within the next few years.
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