Played in one game for the Illini.
Backup long snapper took over for an injured Nathan Hodel for four games … Snapper for both the field goal and extra point protection units as well as the punt team … In on 31 plays, including six snaps against Indiana and Minnesota … Field goal unit was 76 percent accurate with no blocks in 26 tries and a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt … PAT team was a perfect 44-of-44 also with no blocked kicks … Net punting (36.1) ranked sixth in the Big Ten.
Backup long snapper, member of travel squad, assisted in coordinating special teams.
High School Highlights
Earned All-Big 12 Conference and second-team all-area honors from the Champaign News-Gazette as a senior … Played tight end, center and defensive for Coach Craig Bundy at Champaign Centennial … Caught six passes for 53 yards as a senior … Helped lead Centennial to 8-3 mark as a junior, including first IHSA playoff win in school history . . . Also earned letter as third baseman for league and regional champion Charger baseball squad … Caught game-winning pass in homecoming game as a junior … Performed in school talent show, Spectrum, for three consecutive years.
Full given name is Patrick Leo Rouse . . . Nickname is Barney … Born July 8, 1979 in Champaign . . . Parents are George and Sarah Rouse . . . Father, George, is President of First Federal Savings & Loan and attends nearly every football practice . . . Speech Communications major, would like to pursue a career as a college football coach … Grew up in Champaign, admiring former Illini wide receiver Johnny Wright and basketball star Doug Altenberger … Sports a 9-handicap in golf and carded a 74 at Ironhorse Golf Club in Tuscola … Avid hunter and bowler . . . Favorite athlete is Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre . . . Past summer jobs include Little League umpire in Robeson Little League, Champaign Asphalt and golf course maintenance at Stone Creek in Urbana.