Oakland-Craig Football Standout Robby Mayberry is heading to Dakota State next season. Mayberry, who was also in talks with schools like Midland and Peru State, says he wants to experience something new and different. “Dakota State really standed out to me because of what I planned on going into and the distance away. I kind of wanted to get a little bit farther away from Oakland and stuff, and hopefully meet some new people, get a new atmosphere, but also have a great opportunity for what I want to do after college, etc.”
Mayberry says he plans to major in Math Education at Dakota State, and also plans to do Air Force ROTC through South Dakota State.
He will play running back for the Trojans and will also have to learn an entirely new offense. “They were planning on putting me at running back. It will be kind of a different type of feel because the offense is going to be a lot different cause they run a lot more read option type gun, pistol stuff, where they’re in a lot more double wing, I-formation, and then a slight version of spread in there. I think it will workout great. I’ve always kind of wanted to kind of work in that kind of offense anyway.”
Mayberry, who also played basketball and does track for the Knights, and also plays Legion Baseball for Tekamah-Herman, says the contact aspect of football factored into his decision to play the sport in college.
Mayberry, who helped guide the Knights to the State Semifinals this past season, feels the team lived up to expectations. “Yeah we were really expecting a lot of ourselves coming into this season. I know some teams kind of thought we were going to be a pushover, losing another All-State player, and a couple other good players, and losing a lot on the offensive side of the ball. But we really felt like we were all being no pushover. And our season was a lot what we expected. We actually expected a lot more out of ourselves cause we really wanted to go down to Lincoln and get a title.”
Mayberry also says he feels the senior class helped set up the underclassmen for future success.
He is the son of Rob and Kim Mayberry.