With all the notable names at running back for the Boston College Eagles in 2014, we ask: What about Tyler Rouse?Rouse was the last 2013 football recruit to sign on, playing the “hat game” with Boston College and picking the Eagles on February 5, 2013. This upstate New York native came to the Heights as the best high school football player in the state at the time and arguably one of the best players in his school’s history.
While a senior at Baker High School, Tyler Rouse was named Gatorade’s New York Football Player of the Year, and received similar recognition by the New York State Sportswriters Association for Class AA.
In case you were wondering why he received such high honors as a senior, it would have to do with his 2,977 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns in 2012. If there was a video game for New York high school football, one might think Rouse’s stats could only come from there.
In 2013, he played as a true freshman for new head coach Steve Addazio, working his way into the lineup as the third running back behind Andre Williams and Myles Willis. In limited playing time over the course of ten games, Rouse still managed to score two touchdowns.
What does 2014 have in store for him?
Tyler Rouse #35: Fast Facts
- Position: Running back
- Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York
- High School: Charles W. Baker High School, Baldwinsville, NY
- Measurements: 5-foot-9, 192 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Sophomore
- BC games played: 10
Tyler Rouse #35: 2013 Season
- Third-string running back
- Games played: 10
- Cumulative statistics: 26 rush, 125 yards, 2 TD
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
When it comes to running backs on the 2014 Eagles, we have talked about Willis, Marcus Outlow, and Jonathan Hilliman, the latter two of whom are highly-touted incoming freshmen. What about Tyler Rouse, indeed.
While all of those aforementioned players figure to play prominent roles on the Eagles going forward, don’t rest on Rouse. He is an able football player who, unlike the freshmen, already has experience at the collegiate level. He could find himself as the primary backup to Willis, but for one thing: Willis and Rouse are both listed at exactly 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, with similar styles. If Rouse finds himself as a third-stringer again, it is because the coaches went with a bigger body and different running style, a la Andre Williams, to complement Willis.
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