TU adds running back in 2014

January 23, 2014

Trinity Valley Community College running back Tavarreon Dickerson has enrolled at The University of Tulsa, said Coach Bill Blankenship.

Dickerson will have three years of eligibility with the Golden Hurricane.

Dickerson, a 5-9, 185-pound running back from Arlington, Texas, rushed for 555 yards on only 65 carries for an 8.5 average per carry in 2013 at Trinity Valley Community College, ranked No. 5 in the final NJCAA poll. He only had 5.4 rushing attempts per game at TVCC. Dickerson’s best games in 2013 came against Coffeyville CC when he rushed for 116 yards on four carries and in the Champs Heart of Texas Bowl as he gained 126 yards and one TD on seven carries against Mesa Community College.

Dickerson, who was a Rivals.com three-star recruit, signed with Utah State and later transferred to Trinity Valley Community College. “It’s exciting to have a playmaker from a highly-ranked junior college program join our team. The maturity that Tavarreon brings will be important in the running back competition this spring,” said Blankenship. “Coach Peach at Arlington High School and Coach Smiley at Trinity Valley College speak so highly of Tavarreon and his ability as a running back, that I’m extremely excited to see the things they talk about when discussing him.”

At Arlington High School, Dickerson rushed for 1,815 yards on 192 carries for a 9.5 average per carry with 24 touchdowns his senior year. He also had 11 receptions for 191 yards and two TDs. As a junior, Dickerson rushed for 1,584 yards and 21 touchdowns, while gaining 892 yards his sophomore campaign.

Dickerson finished his prep career as Arlington High School’s all-time rushing leader with 4,400 yards and the school’s record-holder for rushing touchdowns with 53 TDs. He  originally chose to attend Utah State over Pittsburgh, Indiana, Kansas and Tulsa.

Blankenship said two recent high school graduates, Jabe Burgess of Greenwood (Ark.) High School and Nigel Carter of Tulsa’s McLain High School, began classes this spring.

Blankenship said Thomas Roberson’s playing career has ended. Roberson missed four games in the 2013 season due to concussion-type symptoms and has decided not to continue his career for medical reasons. Roberson is a fourth-year senior academically and is expected to graduate this May.

Roberson caught 86 passes for 1,219 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 career games, while catching 27 passes for 363 yards and four TDs this past season.

Freshman cornerback Ray Crockett has been dismissed from the team, while true freshman quarterback Jaylen Lowe has decided to transfer. Burgess (6-3, 200) led his Greenwood High School team to a 12-1 record as a senior, while completing 152-of-221 passes for 2,110 yards and 21 touchdowns.

A two-year starter, Burgess completed 72-percent of his passes for 5,238 career yards and 47 touchdowns, while leading his Greenwood High School team to a two-year mark of 26-1. Burgess has a three-star rating and is ranked as the 22nd top pro-style quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Carter (6-3, 185) played at McLain High School and caught 25 passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns in just six games as a senior. In his junior campaign, Carter had 33 receptions for 641 yards and seven TDs, while also scoring on two kickoff returns.