Fred Rouse (born December 17, 1985) is a former professional gridiron football wide receiver. He was originally signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2011.

Fred Rouse
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1985-12-17) December 17, 1985 (age 34)
Tallahassee, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Lincoln (Tallahassee, Florida)
College:Concordia–Selma (AL)
Undrafted:2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

High school careerEdit

Rouse attended Lincoln High School in his home town of Tallahassee, Florida, and was teammates with Antonio Cromartie until his sophomore year. As a senior, he had 608 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, for an average of 20.1 yards per catch. He was a Parade All-American and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he had five receptions for 29 yards and 55 yards in punt returns.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Rouse was ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver prospect in his class behind only Patrick Turner.[1] He once declared that he felt ready to jump straight from the high school level to the NFL.[2] He was heavily recruited out of high school and signed with the Florida State Seminoles, over scholarship offers from Alabama, Texas, Miami (FL), and Florida.[3]

College careerEdit

During Rouse's sole NCAA season, he was in the Seminoles' starting lineup at the 2006 Orange Bowl against Penn State and finished the season with 6 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman.[4] Rouse then transferred to UTEP, where he sat out the 2006 season, due to NCAA transfer rules. Rouse later transferred to Concordia College, Selma.[5][6]

Professional careerEdit

Rouse worked at the Troy University Pro Day in March 2011 in hope of being drafted. measuring in at almost 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, with a 40 time reported to be in the 4.4 range. One scout told me Rouse worked out well and excelled at catching the ball. "If you didn't know anything about his whole story, you'd say he's kind of interesting," the scout said. "But it's kind of a tale of squandered talent, judging from where all he has been."[7] Rouse was undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks as an undrafted free agent on August 25, 2011.[8] He was later released without seeing playing time with the Nighthawks.

He was later signed to the Calgary Stampeders' practice roster on October 11, 2011 where he spent two weeks before being released. He was re-signed during the following off-season on February 22, 2012.[9]

He was later one of the first three signings by the expansion Ottawa Redblacks on November 27, 2013.[10] He was released by the Redblacks on July 31, 2014.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-873
  2. ^ Bruce Feldman on Fred Rouse's long road -- and Ohio State recruit hosting
  3. ^ NCAA Football at Yahoo.com
  4. ^ "Seminoles.com". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  5. ^ "Fred Rouse finds way to happiness". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  6. ^ Former Florida State top prospect Fred Rouse leaves jail, finds self at Selma's Concordia College
  7. ^ Don Banks, NFL Draft Prospects, Sports Illustrated, 2011
  8. ^ UFLFootball.com
  9. ^ Stamps sign McDaniel and three other receivers Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine, cfl.ca
  10. ^ A Day of Firsts: Ottawa signs first three free agents
  11. ^ Holder, Gord (July 31, 2014). "Receiver Fred Rouse released by Redblacks". ottawacitizen.com. Retrieved November 1, 2014.

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