Honors & Awards
Sophomore Craig Roark (pronounced RO-ark) hopes to get his Nebraska career on track this fall after battling through an injury-plagued 2006 campaign. The shoulder injury that kept Roark out of action last fall also sidelined him for the spring. However, the Oklahoma native will enter fall camp with the goal of earning playing time on a defensive line that lost all four starters from last season.
Roark came to Nebraska in 2005 as a highly regarded offensive line prospect. He spent the 2005 season on Nebraska’s scout team, then switched to defense during spring practice in 2006.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman)
Roark battled injuries throughout the year and did not see action.
Roark spent the 2005 season as a redshirt and worked with the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Ada HS)
Roark was one of three Oklahomans in Nebraska’s 2005 recruiting class, and one of seven 2005 signees who played in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio. Roark was a fixture on the Ada offensive line for Coach Steve Dean, helping his team to an 11-2 record and a state semifinal appearance in 2004. Roark was credited with 208 pancakes as a senior and earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors from the Oklahoma Coaches Association and all-state honors from the Tulsa World.
Roark also contributed to the Ada defense, making 58 tackles in 2004 from his defensive tackle spot. Roark was ranked as the No. 13 offensive guard in the country and the fifth-best prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com. Roark also lettered three times in track and once in wrestling. He competed in his first Oklahoma state track meet as a senior, earning third in the Class 5A shot put. Roark was a member of the Superintendent's Honor Roll, received an Army All-American Scholar Award and was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students. Roark only visited NU, but also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Missouri, Florida State and Ohio State.
Roark is the son of Bryan and Christy Roark, and was born on Oct. 15, 1985. He is majoring in social science education and is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Roll pick. He has volunteered with Nebraska’s hospital visits.