Dominick Roseborough, City, football


Linebacker-running back Dominick Roseborough leads the No. 2-ranked Knights, who are 9-0, having outscored their opposition, 272-18, with seven shutouts. Roseborough, 5 feet 11 and 225 pounds, has helped the Knights win 19 of their past 20 games and earn a berth in last season's Class 3A state semifinals. A B-average student, Roseborough has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons. In that span, he also has seven sacks, six fumble recoveries (two for touchdowns) and two interceptions (one for a touchdown).

What schools are you interested in playing football for and at which position?

It's been Maryland, Virginia and I'm meeting with a representative from Penn State [this] Friday. They're mostly talking about running back or converting me to a safety because of my height. They consider me as being undersized, which I respect and have no problem with. I'll do whatever it takes to play.

Have you replaced receiver Sheldon Bell, now a Duke freshman, as the leader on this year's team?

Sheldon brought a lot of energy to the team and was a real motivator. Now, it's more of a team effort. I feed off of everyone else and they feed off of me.

Has this team been truly tested?

To me, the Edmondson [a 16-6 win] and Dunbar [28-12 win] games were huge tests. There was a lot made of both of those games as far as which of our teams was going to be the best in the city. They're kind of from around the neighborhood, so they brought everything they had, and we passed the test.

You replaced the three graduated players from last year with two quality transfers, but do you feel as if observers consider City to be a serious threat to win a 3A state title?

I feel as though people think, "Yeah, they can win in the city, but they'll choke in the playoffs." We're not respected as we deserve to be.

How will you define success personally and as a team?

We didn't like losing [to Westminster in last year's state semifinals]. We feel like we fell short of our expectations, which are high. Winning the city, repeating as regional champions and winning states. If we do that, I'll consider the season a success.

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