Robbie Rouse Interview
RB / Fresno State / Sr.

Updated - 7-10-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Robbie Rouse:  5’7, I weigh 190 and I run a 4.47 forty. 


Alex Khvatov:  What schools were interested in you when you were coming out of high school?

Robbie Rouse:  I was recruited heavily by Fresno State and San Diego State which is my hometown.  Then in January, I was recruited by Michigan and Kansas State.  


Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Fresno State?

Robbie Rouse:  I went to Fresno State because I visited their team camps since I was a freshman in high school.  I was able to see the facilities and see the coaches first hand.  I really liked it.  I saw that the town and the community supported their football program.  It was the main reason why I decided to come here.            


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your junior season to us.

Robbie Rouse:  We had an injury bug last year.  Injuries played a factor in our disappointing season.  I was kind of happy with the individual stats that I put up, but I wasn’t satisfied with the final score at the end of games. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for your senior campaign from the individual and team standpoint?

Robbie Rouse:  We are just going to play fast at all times.  We are always going to be moving.  We are going to be fast on offense, defense and special teams.  That is how we are training and it is how we plan to play.          


Alex Khvatov:  How tough was it to see head coach Pat Hill get fired at the end of last season?

Robbie Rouse:  It was tough to see him leave.  He recruited me.           


Alex Khvatov:  What can we expect from the new coaching staff?

Robbie Rouse:  I like how it is all working out with the new coaching staff.  We are putting in a new offense with the spread.  It is kind of similar to what I ran in high school.  I am just excited.  I was happy that I was able to keep my running backs’ coach with me.  That is what kept me excited as well.                     


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

Robbie Rouse:  My competitive nature.  I always want to win.  I always want to win in every aspect of life.  I am quick.  I am a great leader.  I am a team captain.  I try to lead because I realize that it is a team sport.           


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Robbie Rouse:  I just want to continue to get faster and stronger.       


Alex Khvatov:  What are the highlights of your football career up to this point?

Robbie Rouse:  I had 36 carries in a game against Nebraska and I was able to come out healthy after that game.  They are a Big 12 school and they have great players.  I was happy to have a good game against them with that many carries.  I also had a 43 carry game and 286 rushing yards against Louisiana Tech during my sophomore year.  I was hurt earlier in that year.  I felt good because I was able to bounce back and finish strong that year.                       


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing football?

Robbie Rouse:  I just love the game.  I have been playing the game since I have been six years old.  I want to keep playing this game for as long as possible.          


Alex Khvatov:  What do you like to do away from the football field?

Robbie Rouse:  I love to play video games. 


Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of the leader? 

Robbie Rouse:  Just need to lead by example.  If you want them to do right, then you need to do right.     


Alex Khvatov:  What five words best describe you? 

Robbie Rouse:  Competitive, loving, highly-motivated, energetic and unselfish.



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