Defensive end Roseboro will return for senior season at NC State

The junior will follow in the footsteps of teammate Bradley Chubb, whose decision to return this season has paid off with national awards

NC State's Darian Roseboro puts pressure on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson earlier this season at Carter-Finley Stadium (Rob Kinnan/ USA TODAY Sports)

Following the lead of teammate Bradley Chubb, NC State defensive end Darian Roseboro has announced his intention to return to the Wolfpack for his senior season.

“There’s been a lot of talk about me leaving N.C. State and declaring for the draft,” Roseboro wrote on his Twitter page late Sunday night. “After discussing everything with my family, I have decided to return for my senior year. There’s a lot I want to accomplish as a player and as a student. I made a promise to my father to graduate with my degree. I want to do it the right way and this is the right way and the right thing for me.”

Roseboro’s father, Johnny, died in October, prior to the Wolfpack’s game at Pittsburgh. He played in that game and put on an inspired performance with five tackles, including three for losses, a sack and a victory-clinching forced fumble.

For the season, the 6-foot-4, 287-pound junior has been credited with 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and that forced fumble.

Those numbers are expected to jump next season after Roseboro takes Chubb’s place as one of the Wolfpack’s featured pass rushers.

Chubb made a similar decision to return for his senior season at this time last year and went on to earn first-team All-American honors while winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s best defensive player. He is expected to be a top-five pick in next spring’s NFL draft.

Roseboro and his teammates will finish their 2017 season in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 29 in the Sun Bowl against Arizona State.