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A Rouse-ing return

MU football
Sep. 04, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It had been nearly two years since Marshall defensive tackle James Rouse took the field for the Herd.

Apparently, he made the most of his return in Saturday's win 52-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

On Tuesday, Rouse was one of four game-week captains named for the Gardner-Webb matchup, as announced by head coach Doc Holliday.

"You talk about a guy that's overcome adversity," Holliday said. "Most players out there, or people out there, if they'd have had to go through what he's gone through, they would've given up football."

Rouse's last game came on Sept. 18, 2011 in the Herd's 44-7 loss to Ohio. His 2011 season came to a premature end after just three games due to back issues.

He looked on par to make a strong return in 2012 before tearing his Achilles and missing the entire 2012 season.

In his first game back with the Herd, he registered two tackles, including a tackle for loss, while also contributing a pass breakup while pressuring Miami quarterback Austin Boucher.

"He persevered, worked extremely hard and has a great attitude," Holliday said. "He played Saturday and played extremely well, which was great to see because he's a great player and a great kid."

He and fellow defensive lineman Alex Bazzie, who was also named a captain for the week, were part of a Marshall defensive front that pressured Boucher enough that the RedHawks' quarterback completed just two of his final 14 passes in the game after completing his first eight throws.

The offensive captains for this week are Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and tight end Gator Hoskins, who both showed why they were on the preseason watch lists for being the best nationally at their respective positions.

Cato finished the game 22-of-34 for 253 yards and five touchdowns with two of those touchdown passes coming to Hoskins in the pivotal third quarter where Marshall outscored the RedHawks 21-0.

Hoskins had just three catches in the contest as Marshall used its ground attack much more frequently on Saturday, but his 20-yard touchdown grab with 13:17 left in the third quarter gave the Herd the lead for good.

He followed with a 14-yard scoring catch in the middle of the field following a Cato rollout to make it 35-14.

"Gator is a matchup problem for a lot of people because sometimes he's matched up with a linebacker," Holliday said. "He just has a good feel for the game. He's very athletic and runs good routes. He just finds a way to get open."

Holliday said each week, he will announce captains at the beginning of his press conference.

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