Bradley Roby's Top 5 Pass Break-Ups of 2012

By Jeff Beck on June 24, 2013 at 2:00p

Bradley Roby is a bad man. 

Roby IslandRoby Island. The worst vacation destination on the planet.

Buckeye fans have known it since he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman in 2011. 

During that season, Roby tallied three interceptions (tied for the team lead), 47 tackles, nine passes defended (good enough for ninth in the B1G) and 3.5 tackles-for-loss.

The performance earned Roby notoriety in the locker-room, as the coaches presented him with the Buckeye 1st Year Defensive Player Award at season’s end.

But Roby’s freshman campaign was just a taste of what the Georgia product was able to achieve. In 2012, Bradley proved he was one of the best corners in the nation.

Statistically, you could make an argument he was the best. His 19 passes defended (17 pass break-ups and 2 INTs) led the nation and his 17 break-ups tied the OSU single season record. 

He was named a 2012 first-team All-American by ESPN, a second-team All-American by The AP and Walter Camp, and was named a first-team All-B1G player by both the coaches and media.

Roby’s record-setting season garnered him a semi-finalist nod for the Thorpe Award, but that wasn’t good enough for No. 1.

“The Thorpe Award, I feel like I should have been in the finals last year, but I can’t really control stuff like that. That’s definitely on my list. But I really want to be the defensive player (of the year), the Bednarik. I definitely want that one."

With that said, Roby has made a conscious effort to put team first in 2013. He believes if he is able to lead the Silver Bullets in the right direction, individual awards will follow:

“It starts with leadership. I have to show leadership to make our whole defense better, because you can’t be a Bednarik winner on a bad defense. … I’m worried about everybody else first, and all my accolades that are out there are going to fall in place.”

It’s no secret the 2013 season will be Roby’s last in Columbus. If everything goes as planned there’s no question Bradley’s name will be called during the first round of the draft.

He’s a supreme talent that is able to change a game from the cornerback position. Opposing offenses must plan around him, and the Buckeye defense feeds off of his game-changing intensity.

2013 looks bright for Roby as NFL scouts are salivating at the chance to land the Buckeye star. So let’s take a look at what is making said scouts hot under the collar with Roby’s top 5 passes defended of 2012.

#5 Nebraska

Roby had his best game of the season against the Cornhuskers. Both of his 2012 INTs came against Nebraska including a 41-yard pick six.

Here’s No. 1 going HAM in the endzone and subsequently ruining WR Kenny Bell’s evening.

#4 Michigan State

Roby changed the game against the Spartans with a ridiculous punt block. But it was workman-like plays like this that let Dantonio know throwing to Roby’s side on third down is ALWAYS a bad decision.

#3 Cal

This play should have been a catch for Cal, unfortunately for the Golden Bears Roby has next level closing speed in his tool-kit.

#2 Miami

Here’s a rare clip of Roby getting beat on a vertical route. QB, Zac Dysert put the ball exactly where it needed to be, but Roby had other plans. This is No. 1 willing an incompletion.

#1 Penn State

Truth-be-told I have no idea how Roby made this play. This is a player relying on unreal instinct to know exactly where a ball is based on a receiver’s eyes.

What follows is the moment Bradley Roby unfolded a beach chair, firmly planted it in the sand and declared himself a citizen of Roby Island, population: 1.

Honorable Mention (That Should Have Been Included)

Thanks Urban Nation Army you're absolutely right, this should have made the cut. Luckily the speed of edits on the Internet is almost as fast as Roby's closing speed. 


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Urban Nation Army's picture

@2:40 didn't make the cut?


Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

MotownBuck's picture

That break on the ball was unreal. Pure Robeast.

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I have to thank you so much for posting this video. A great game to relive. I love it man. Thank you.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

MassiveAttack's picture

I was thinking the same thing!
Roby did get jobbed on awards and recognition last year.

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Jeff Beck's picture

Yes that should be in there.

In fact I meant to include it but it got lost in the shuffle. Thanks, we'll make it an honorable mention.

Urban Nation Army's picture

I appreciate the edit and recognition.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

TheBadOwl's picture

That video makes me miss John Simon even more. What an absolute monster down the stretch for us last year.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Knarcisi's picture

Thought it was his biggest of the year for sure. 

TatumRuled's picture

That was my favorite Roby-play of the year.

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BTBuckeye's picture

A Bradley Roby Haiku:
Ball Rise in the Air
Number One Blows Your Sh*t Up
Headset Off; Punt Time

bucknasty13's picture

I'm a sucker for a Haiku, you get an upvote from me.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The Wisconsin play has to be on this list.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Should be #2, IMO, based on the impact on the game.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

steensn's picture

Just a question, isn't the last one a penalty? I thought the DB has to look back for the ball?

MotownBuck's picture

I believe since he made contact with the ball before making contact with the receiver it was all good.

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

chicagobuckeye's picture

No because he had the ball first. If he makes contact prior to either one touching the ball then it would have been a penalty.
EDIT: ^got in just before me.

BenW's picture

I may be wrong, but I think that's an NFL rule. 

yrro's picture

All of our WR's need to watch #1. That is why as a receiver you GO GET THE BALL instead of trying to catch it on your chest.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

WRs, prepare to be "dis-Robyed"

BuckeyeSki's picture

Love this series of offseason articles. Patiently waiting for a trip back in time for:
Top 50 J.B. Shugarts False Starts

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

S/O to Tressel's staff for finding Roby, the 3* big time sleeper. Great find!

Vonn Bell once asked me in class if he could borrow my pencil and he never gave it back. Ain't even mad.

pjtobin's picture

I hope he stays for his sr yr. He is a beast. And fun to watch. I hope to see him and Apple  tormenting opposing offenses this year. 

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