NFL Combine invites Fresno State’s Rouse, Thomas along with McDonald, Bray, Jefferson and Wilson

Fresno State senior running back Robbie Rouse enters Bulldog Stadium before the Bulldogs’ game against Air Force on Nov. 24, 2012. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE)

Running back Robbie Rouse — Fresno State’s all-time leading rusher — and safety Phillip Thomas – a unanimous All-American at safety this past fall for the Bulldogs — have been invited to the NFL Combine, scheduled for Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis.

USC All-America safety T.J. McDonald from Edison High also was invited.

In addition, three juniors with ties to the Fresno area earned invitations: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray from Kingsburg High, Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson from El Diamante High and former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson out of Tulare High.

Here is the schedule of workouts, with coverage on the NFL Network:

** Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams.

** Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers.

** Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers.

** Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs.

VIDEO: Fresno State Coach Tim DeRuyter press conference, part 2

Fresno State faces a big challenge this week trying to slow down Nevada and an offense that is averaging 260.6 rushing yards and 262.7 passing yards per game and ranks eighth in the bowl subdivision in total offense. A big part of that is running back Stefphon Jefferson, the Visalia El Diamante High product, who is leading the nation in rushing with 149 yards per game.

DeRuyter opens part 2 of his weekly press conference discussing Jefferson and the difficulties he presents to the Bulldogs’ defense.