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 ... Selected by Conference USA coaches as the preseason c-USA Defensive Player of the Year ... 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 ... Was key player on defense that made the biggest one-season improvement in FBS scoring defense (20.2-point improvement) since 1998 ... Made successful return to the field as an All-Conference USA first team selection at defensive tackle ... Is only player on Herd 2014 roster to have arrived in program prior to hire of Coach Doc Holliday in December 2009 ... Came to Marshall as a 195-pound two-way end ... Changed uniform number from 92 to 11 in spring 2013 to "change his luck" after multiple injuries and surgeries.
R-SENIOR SEASON (2013): All-Conference USA first team pick on defensive line ... 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.
PRIOR TO MARSHALL: 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 ... Coached by Tim Sarver ... Maintained a 3.0 grade-point-average ... Also recruited by Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke.
PERSONAL: Married in 2012 to former Marshall swimmer Lindsey Stock, an MU art graduate ... Graduated in May 2013 with degree in criminal justice; pursuing second degree in psychology ... Son of Angela and James Rouse, Sr.