Rouse, Thomas in Mobile, Ala. for Senior Bowl

Jan. 23, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse and safety Phillip Thomas are down in Mobile, Ala. this week practicing with the North squad in preparation for Saturday's 64th annual Senior Bowl.

The NFL Network is televising the practices that run through Thursday and it will air the game live on Saturday, as it is set to kick off at 1 p.m. PT from Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday.

For Rouse and Thomas, they become 20th and 21st Bulldogs to play in the Senior Bowl. Running back Lonyae Miller, who is currently on the practice squad for the Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens, was the last Bulldog to participate in the Senior Bowl back in 2009.

Fresno State is the only Mountain West team with two players participating in the Senior Bowl. Boise State, Nevada, Hawai'i and San Diego State all have one player in the game.

Thomas became Fresno State's first-ever unanimous All-American in 2012, a year in which he was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Thomas led the nation and set a new Mountain West record with eight interceptions as a senior, returning three of his picks for touchdowns. His 84 tackles led the team and he also had 12.0 tackles for a loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles and five pass breakups.

Rouse became Fresno State's all-time leading rusher in 2012 and he finished his career with 4,647 rushing yards - one of 10 school records to his name. He was a first-team All-Mountain West selection in 2012 when he ranked 16th nationally with 114.6 rushing yards per game and tied for fourth in the conference with 63 receptions.

Rouse is the nation's third-leading active rusher and his 21 career 100-yard rushing games are also the third most of any FBS tailback.

The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.

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