The Steelers selected linebacker Quincy Roche in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the 216th overall pick. Roche, who played defensive end primarily in college, said he has no problem making the transition to outside linebacker.
"I feel like I have displayed the ability to play in space on film," said Roche. "I have been asked to do a lot over my time at Temple and Miami. I have some improvement, I have some work to do, but I am 100% confident in my ability to play linebacker.
"My goal every time I step on the field is to be disruptive. Whatever the case may be. My goal when I step on the field every time is to just be disruptive."
Roche played one season at the University of Miami after transferring from Temple, where he possessed the 'Temple Tough' mindset.
"Temple Tough is a mentality, not just physically tough, but mentally tough," said Roche. "It's something you have to bring every day. It's something we are conditioned to be."
He started 10 games in 2020 for the Hurricanes, finishing the season with 45 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for a loss, ranking second on the Hurricanes and third in the ACC, and added 4.5 sacks. He was tied for the lead in the ACC with three forced fumbles and he had two fumble recoveries.
Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said he was surprised to see him there in the sixth round as they had him rated late third, early fourth, all the way into the fifth round.
"It's a dream come true," said Roche. "I appreciate the opportunity. It's a huge blessing to be drafted in any round. I expected to go higher in the draft. It was a long three days sitting on the couch. That is the story of my life. I wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school. I had to earn a starting role at Temple. I always had to prove myself and just work a little bit harder. It's nothing new to me."
Roche wasn't a Steelers fan leading into the draft, rather on the opposite side of a big rivalry as he grew up a Ravens fan living in Baltimore. It's all changed now.
"I know a lot about the Steelers," said Roche. "Growing up in Baltimore I was on the opposite side of the rivalry. I watch them every year. I have always watched this defense. It's right up my alley, hard-nosed rugged football. I am excited to be here.
"I am in a house full of Ravens fans. I told them today I don't even want to see the color purple. I have someone dropping off Terrible Towels to me tonight."
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6th Round - 216th Overall
Delivered standout season in lone year with Hurricanes after transferring from Temple ... started all 10 games at defensive end in regular season and finished with 45 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks ... tied for ACC lead with three forced fumbles and had two fumbles recovered ... ranked second on Hurricanes and third in ACC with 14.5 tackles for loss ... earned one ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor ... started season opener against UAB (Sept. 10) and finished with four tackles, including first sack (five yards) of Miami career ... added one quarterback hurry ... sack was 27th of FBS career ... started and posted three tackles in road win at top‐20 Louisville (Sept. 19), including game‐high 2.5 tackles for loss ... finished with 2.0 tackles for loss, including seven‐yard sack, in start against rival Florida State (Sept. 26) ... sack in romp of Seminoles was 28th of FBS career ... posted four total tackles and credited with one quarterback hurry in start at Clemson (Oct. 10) ... named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after dominant outing in start vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 17) ... finished with season‐high seven tackles (four solo), including 4.0 tackles for loss in win over Panthers ... added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... wore Turnover Chain for second straight game in start versus Virginia (Oct. 24) after recovering fumble on last play of game ... started and finished with four tackles in win over Cavaliers ... started and credited with six tackles (two solo), 0.5 TFLs, one PBU and one hurry in come‐from‐behind win at NC State (Nov. 6) ... helped lead Miami to another road win in start at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14), finishing with four total tackles including one tackle for loss ... earned second ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor after dominant outing in start at Duke (Dec. 5), finishing with six tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... started regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12) and finished with four tackles, including one half‐sack.
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Midseason First Team All-American (PFF) ... AAC Defensive Player of the Week (Tulane) ... AAC Honor Roll (USF) ... Defensive Player of the Game (#21 Maryland, USF, Tulane) ... awarded a single-digit midway through the season (Temple awards single-digit jerseys to the toughest players on the team ... filled up the stat sheet against #21 Maryland and was all over the field notching a sack, a blocked kick, a TFL, and six tackles ... recorded two TFL and a sack at ECU, his first game as a single digit ... recorded a new career-high and tied the third most sacks in a single game in program history with 3.5 sacks, while also recording 3.5 TFL in a win at USF ... had a record setting performance with 3.0 sacks, a strip sack, and a career-high and Temple single game record 6.0 TFL in a win against Tulane ... ranks first in the conference in sacks (0.95) and TFL (1.45) per game through twelve weeks.
AAC Defensive Player of the Week (Tulsa) ... APEX Predator Defensive Player of the Game (Tulsa) ... #theSTANDARD Player of the Game (Villanova, Tulsa, Houston, USF, UConn) ... 2017 - Co-American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (UMass) ... APEX Predator Defensive Player of the Week (UMass) ... #theSTANDARD Player of the Game (UMass) ... recorded a career-high two blocked kicks against Villanova ... made first career start against Buffalo ... forced career-high two fumbles against Tulsa, one of which was recovered and returned for a touchdown ... led the team and tied his career-high with nine tackles vs. USF ... led the conference (5th in the nation) in blocked kicks (two) ... finished fifth in the conference (24th in the nation) in fumble recoveries (two).
Made collegiate debut opening day at Notre Dame and recorded first career sack ... recorded career-highs in sacks (3.0), TFLs (four), tackles (eight), forced fumbles (one) and recovered fumbles (one) vs. UMass en route to Co-AAC defensive POTW honors ... led the team with three forced fumbles, second in TFLs (11.5), and third in sacks (7.0).
Was part of the 2016 recruiting class ... redshirted.
Born Quincy G. Roche (pronounced: roe-SHAY) in Baltimore, Md. ... parents are Marlene and Franklin Roche Sr. ... has three brothers and three sisters ... took a week-long class in Rome as part of Temple's STHM (Sports, Tourism, Hospitality Management) program in the 2019 spring ... communication studies major.