Tight End
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 255lbs.
Class: Senior
City/State: New Orleans, La.
High School: Karr HS
Experience: 4 Letters


  • 2001 Second Team All-SEC (AP)
  • 2000 All-SEC, First Team (SEC Coaches)
  • 2000 All-SEC, Second Team (AP)

Big, athletic tight end that LSU used to stretch the defense ... Caught 18 passes for 224 yards and 1 TD as a senior ... Closed out career with 2 catches for 15 yards, including a 7-yard TD reception, in 47-34 victory over Illinois in the Sugar Bowl ... Caught 5 passes for 72 yards vs. Utah State ... Scored TD vs. Tulane ... Snapped a streak of 2 games without a reception with a 23-yard catch vs. Ole Miss ... Ranks third in school history among tight ends in receptions (59) and yards (707) and is second in career TDs (7) ... Holds LSU tight end record for TDs in a season with 5 in 2000 ... Named to the Playboy All-America Pre-Season Team ... Drafted in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

JUNIOR SEASON (2000): Set an LSU record for tight ends with five touchdown receptions ... Finished the year ranked fourth on the squad with 22 catches for 340 yards and five scores, four of which came in SEC action ... Scored a pair of touchdowns, including the game winner against Alabama ... Finished with three receptions for 71 yards, including a 50-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter that setup what proved to be the game-winning touchdown two plays later against the Crimson Tide ... Caught at least one pass in all 11 regular-season games ... Had three catches against Houston, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama ... Caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 25-yard strike from Rohan Davey in LSU's 38-31 victory over Tennessee ... Also scored against Houston and Florida ... Turned in cleats for basketball shoes in January and played in five games for the LSU men's basketball team before retiring from the sport in late January ... In five games with the basketball team, played 37 minutes and scored 10 points (2.0 per game) to go along with six rebounds (1.2 per game).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (1999): The Tigers' primary f-back for the entire season ... In starting lineup at Miss. State ... Missed Alabama game due to injury ... One of the best receiving threats for LSU in 1999 ... Also a key member on special teams ... Finished four on the team in receptions ... Had 19 catches for 143 yards, including a touchdown ... Had his best game at Miss. State where he caught three passes for 43 yards, including a long reception of 18 yards ... Had a solid performance against Florida in which he caught two passes for 18 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown ... Also made four tackles on special teams.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (1998): Played in nine games as a reserve f-back and did not record statistics ... Valuable blocker ... Saw action on 120 plays on offense and 42 on special teams ... Special teams action came on kickoff return and punt return units ... Missed first 2 games as he recovered from a hernia.

HIGH SCHOOL: Posted 80 tackles and five sacks at defensive end his senior year ... Mostly used as a blocker, but did catch nine passes for 177 yards, for an average of 19.7 yards per catch his senior season ... Karr finished with a 5-6 record in '96 ... Coached by Don Wattigny.

PERSONAL: Full name is Robert Shelton Royal, Jr. ... Born on May 15, 1979 in New Orleans, La. ... Parents are Robert and Anette Royal ... Has one sister, Alleaney ... Set to graduate in August of 2001 with a degree in Kinesiology.

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Robert Royal TD Catch vs. Tennessee (2000)