Robbie Rouse already has set a Fresno State record for career rushing yards and is one of the most prolific running backs in school history. He holds or has a share of eight schools records, and on Saturday against Hawaii will become the first Bulldogs’ back to put together three 1,000-yard seasons.
He is sitting on 999 yards. ‘’I think he’ll get it,’’ Coach Tim DeRuyter joked.
But Rouse also is close to two career milestones that will be a separator years down the line when debating the merits of Fresno State running backs – with 96 receptions he is four short of 100 and he is just 155 all-purpose yards from joining Bernard Berrian as the only Bulldogs to top 5,000.
With 49 receptions just this season, Rouse already has more than Ryan Mathews (19) had in his Fresno State career and almost as many as Ron Rivers (56) and Dwayne Wright (51) had in theirs; Mathews, Rivers and Wright ranking third, fifth and second on the Bulldogs’ career rushing list.
‘’He’s done a great job,’’ offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said. ‘’It was one of the aspects I wanted to gain, to show people we have a back and you don’t have to just worry about him I the run game he’s going to catch the ball out of the backfield. We’ve designed some things to get him the ball, some screens and things like that, but a lot of times they’re just check downs.
‘’That guy in the open field, in space, when they’re covering our receivers down the field, that’s critical for us. That’s been a great aspect to the offense so far this year.
‘’We’re seeing some teams that want to drop eight guys and play a lot more pass defense, but they always have to know where he is. I mean, you can drop it down to him and a 2-yard pass can turn into a 25-yard play just because he’s so good with the ball in his hands.’’