Six Bulldogs to Attend NFL Rookie Mini Camps

April 30, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State has six graduating seniors from its 2012 football team that are scheduled to participate in rookie mini camps over the next two weeks with teams in the National Football League.

NFL teams can run a rookie mini-camp from either May 3-5 or May 10-12.

Attending mini camps May 3-5 are:
WR Rashad Evans and S Shawn Plummer - Atlanta Falcons
RB Robbie Rouse - Minnesota Vikings
OLB Tristan Okpalaugo - Miami Dolphins
S Phillip Thomas - Washington Redskins

Attending the Houston Texans rookie mini camp the following weekend, May 10-12, is punter Andrew Shapiro.

Thomas was the only one of the six that was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, going with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round to the Redskins.

Evans and Shapiro were undrafted free agent acquisitions with their teams while Okpalaugo, Plummer and Rouse were invitees of the teams to their mini camps. Their appearances at mini-camps are nothing more than collective bargaining agreement regulated, non-contact orientations, but it represents their first chance to further their football careers in the NFL.

Condensed Career Biographies

Rashad Evans - WR
Played in 44 career games over course of his five-year career, making 20 starts ... tied for eighth in school history with 138 career receptions ... had 1,321 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a Bulldog ... averaged 9.6 yards per catch with a long of 59 yards as a redshirt sophomore against Cincinnati ... returned 53 punts for 537 yards and two touchdowns in his career - a 56 yarder for a TD as a freshman at LA Tech in 2008 and a 78-yard return for a touchdown as a senior against Wyoming ... averaged 10.1 yards per punt return ... also returned 10 career kickoffs for 182 yards with a long of 40 ... caught three touchdowns on Sept. 29, 2012 in a win over San Diego State. He had 10 receptions for 100 yards in that game and his three TDs were the most by a Bulldog in a single-game in 11 years.

Tristan Okpalaugo, OLB
A former walk-on to the program, he played in 30 career games and made 19 starts ... had 84 tackles in his career, 20.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks ... forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and blocked on PAT in his career ... intercepted one pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown at Tulsa during senior season ... nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy in 2012, which is an award given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on ... tied for second on the team in tackles for a loss as both a junior (8.5) and senior (11.5) ... tied for sixth in the Mountain West in tackles for a loss in 2012 ... was a defensive end his first three years in college before moving to outside linebacker as a senior when team switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

Shawn Plummer, S
Played in 49 career games, making nine starts ... totaled 121 tackles in his career, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks ... forced three fumbles, recovered one fumble, blocked one kick and had five career pass break-ups ... his 37 tackles during redshirt senior season of 2012 were the most of any season in his career ... his six tackles at No. 4 Oregon in 2012 tied his season-high and he also recorded one sack against the Ducks, which forced a fumble that the Bulldogs were able to recover on the play.

Robbie Rouse, RB
Is Fresno State's all-time leading rusher with 4,647 yards, which is one of 10 school records he owns to his name ... First-team All-Mountain West selection as a senior in 2012 when he ranked 16th nationally in rushing with 114.6 yards per game ... First-team All-WAC selection as a junior when he led the league and ranked seventh nationally in total rushing yards with 1,549 ... became the first running back in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons ... broke the 19 year-old school rushing record on Sept. 15, 2012 with a 94-yard touchdown run against Colorado, which also tied for the longest rush in school history ... had 21 career 100-yard rushing games ... caught 110 passes for 794 yards and five touchdowns in his career ... had 63 receptions as a senior in 2012 to go along with his 282 carries ... ranks second in school history with 5,441 all-purpose yards ... was on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award ... two-year team captain and two-time team MVP ... played in 50 career games, making 26 consecutive starts to close out his career.

Andrew Shapiro, P
Played in 51 games at Fresno State ... selected to the 2012 All-Mountain West honorable mention team as a punter ... four-time Academic All-Conference honoree ... punted 189 times for an average of 39.8 yards per punt in his career ... of those 189 career punts, 64 of them were downed inside the 20-yard line, 68 were fair caught and he only had 13 touchbacks in his career ... had 25 career punts of over 50 yards with a long of 69 ... named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 16, 2012 after recording that 69-yard punt ... punted five times for an average of 50.6 yards in a 45-10 victory over Hawai'i on Nov. 3, 2012 to the school single-game record for highest average per punt (minimum of five punts) ... also kicked-off 89 times in his career and had nine touchbacks on kickoffs.

Phillip Thomas, S
Became the first player in Fresno State history to be selected as an unanimous All-American, as he was a first-team All-America pick by the Associated Press, the AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation ... 2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year ... was a finalist for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's most outstanding defensive back ... received the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy as a senior ... his eight interceptions in 2012 led the nation and set a new MW single-season record. It is also the most picks by a Bulldog in 27 years ... he individually had more interceptions than 29 FBS teams had in 2012 ... had 13 career interceptions and four interceptions returned for touchdowns, which was one shy of the NCAA record for career pick-sixes ... his nine total take-aways in 2012 (eight interceptions, one fumble recovery) tied for the most from any one player in the FBS that season ... played in 39 career games, making 25 starts ... had 178 career tackles, 17.0 tackles for a loss and four sacks, all of which came during senior season ... led the team in tackles as a senior with 84 and his 12.0 tackles for a loss also led the team and tied for the fourth-most in the Mountain West.

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