SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento State standouts Charles Roberts and Ricky Ray were each named to their all-division teams in the Canadian Football League, it was announced today. Roberts was a unanimous selection in the East Division while Ray was the lone quarterback for the West Division.
Roberts has been an East Division All-Star each of the last five years. He won the CFL rushing title for the third time in the last four years after amassing 1,609 yards on a league-leading 303 carries. He was also the CFL leader in yards from scrimmage (2,020) and combined yards (2,020). Roberts was just one of seven unanimous selections of the 57 players named all-division.
One year after leading Edmonton to the Grey Cup, Ray was the leading passer in the CFL. This past season, he threw for 5,000 yards and was fourth in the league with 21 touchdowns. The honor was the first for Ray who recently completed his fourth CFL season.
While at Sacramento State, Roberts and Ray guided the Hornets to winning records in 1999 and 2000. Roberts left Sacramento State as the leading rusher in NCAA Div. I-AA history with a career total of 6,553 yards. He still holds the I-AA single-season record with 2,260 yards in 1998.
Despite playing just two seasons with the Hornets, Ray ranks fourth in school history in passing yards, touchdowns and completions and is the school leader with a career completion percentage of .619. He also holds the school single-season record for passing touchdowns (20, 1999), and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (10, 2000).
Following his collegiate career, Ray was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. He later played for the Fresno Frenzy of Arena Football 2 before signing with the Eskimos. After two seasons in the CFL, he joined the New York Jets for the 2004 campaign and then returned to Edmonton in 2005.