It's always said the bigger the better, but not in this case. For Fresno State recruit Robbie Rouse, being small is an advantage for this running back from San Diego, California.
Rouse is shifty, quick, fast, elusive, and very explosive once he gets in to the secondary.
I know Rouse personally and have played against this shifty running back. In the talks I've had with him, he would tell me that it doesn't matter how small you are, but what does matter is what you do with your size.
Being a 5'6" running back is a great advantage to him, and that's part of what makes this tailback so good. He hides behind the offensive line very well, and you have no idea where he is until you hear the roar of the crowd and he's in the end zone. By then it's way too late.
In his senior year at Madison High, Rouse rushed for 2,632 yards with 37 touchdowns and averaged an insane 219 rushing yards per game.
There have been times where he is in the middle of four or so defenders, and he squeaks out and scampers down the sideline for a touchdown. He does it so much, yet he never ceases to amaze me.
Rouse is also as tough a running back as I have ever seen come out of San Diego County. He played the last four games of the season with a cast on his left arm and still put up big numbers.
If there is even the slightest chance of him playing in a game, he will find that other lower percent and go out there and contribute greatly.
Fresno State picked up a running back that will put up numbers and be a "small" force to reckon with in the WAC.
So, while you're watching Rouse run up and down that football field on Saturdays, really ask yourself this question.
Does size really matter?