Recipients maintain cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better
Marshall 52, Northern Illinois 23
Marshall 26, LA Tech 23
Western Kentucky 67, Marshall 66 (OT)
Marshall 23, UAB 18
Two-time All-Conference USA first team selection by league coaches, joining former Herd stars Vinny Curry and Albert McClellan as only two-time first team selections on defensive line in MU’s 10 seasons in C-USA … At Marshall’s Pro Day on March 11, did 38 in the pro bench (reps at 225 pounds), topping the high number for any player at the NFL Combine in February … Finished injury-interrupted career (received a medical hardship season from NCAA and C-USA) with two dominant seasons, and compiled 101 career tackles with 25 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks … Was 2014 All-C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year pick by coaches … Was key player on 2013 defense that made the biggest one-season improvement in FBS scoring defense (20.2-point improvement) since 1998 ... Made successful return to the field after nearly two seasons away due to multiple injuries and surgeries … Was only player on Herd 2014 roster to have arrived in program prior to hire of Coach Doc Holliday in December 2009.
MEDICAL WAIVER SEASON (2014): Gained a sixth year of eligibility (2014) by NCAA hardship waiver appeal after losing most of two seasons due to injury and back and Achilles surgeries ... All-Conference USA first team pick for second straight season … Dominant force at three-technique spot on Herd front four; opponents’ double-teamed him consistently … Won Marshall’s Defensive Gridiron Gladiator Award, presented annually to player who is “relentless, gives everything he’s got” … Started all 14 games … Finished season with 43 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, with 2.5 sacks … Forced three fumbles and posted 11 QB hurries … Top tackles performance was in C-USA title game win over Louisiana Tech, with eight … Had four tackles for loss of 24 yards in victory at Southern Miss … Was voted a season (and bowl) captain by teammates, after serving as a coaches-chosen game captain in eight games – the high for the Herd defense..
R-SENIOR SEASON (2013): All-Conference USA first team pick on defensive line ... Voted Marshall 2013 season Team MVP by teammates after helping Herd to 10-4 finish and Military Bowl victory over Maryland ... Also received Herd's Defensive MVP award ... Returned from nearly two years away from the game to star for the Herd after moving from defensive end to defensive tackle ... Elected as one of five 2013 season captains by teammates after coaches picked game captains during the season ... Was coaching staff pick as a game captain eight times in 13 games, tops for the defense ...Started 13 of 14 games, leading Herd with 14.0 tackles for loss and six sacks ... Finished with 39 tackles (22 solos), three pass breakups and five QB hurries ... Blocked a field goal attempt in triple-overtime loss at Virginia Tech, playing before numerous family and friends only 140 miles from his Harrisonburg, Va., home ... Had season-highs of six tackles on Herd losses at Virginia Tech and Middle Tennessee, where he had three TFLs ... Also had five stops in wins at Florida Atlantic and FIU ... In Military Bowl win over Maryland, posted four stops, including two sacks.
R-JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Missed the entire season due to injury after tearing left Achilles tendon in spring practice (April 12) and undergoing surgery ... Returned to limited workouts during regular season, but in October underwent back surgery to repair herniated disc from 2011 injury.
R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Playing defensive end, had his season cut short by injury after just three games ... Suffered back injury in loss at Ohio and didn't play remained of season ... Made one tackle in opener at West Virginia, when he made his seventh career start.
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Made six starts and had 19 tackles (five solo, 14 assists) with a half-tackle for loss against Ohio ... Posted five stops against UCF.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009): Redshirted.
HERD FILE: Born April 13, 1991 … Graduated in May 2013 with degree in criminal justice; pursuing second degree in psychology … Married in 2012 to former Marshall swimmer Lindsey Stock, an MU art graduate ... Son of Angela and James Rouse, Sr. … Changed uniform number from 92 to 11 in spring 2013 to "change his luck" after multiple injuries and surgeries … Came to Marshall as a 195-pound two-way end ... Credited with 75 tackles, nine sacks, eight hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and broke up three passes as a senior (2008) at Harrisonburg High School ... A first-team Group AA All-State, all-region and all-district selection ... Recorded a 46.5 foot triple jump for HHS track team ... Also recruited by Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke.