UTEP Announces Departure of Fred Rouse

March 21, 2008

UTEP Head Coach Mike Price announced on Friday that wide receiver Fred Rouse will not return for the 2008 season.

"Fred will not be coming back for personal reasons, and will most likely be going back to Florida," Price said. "We tried to make it work, and Fred tried hard to make it work. It's unfortunate that he's not going to play for the Miners next year, but we wish him the best."

The 6-3, 195-pound Rouse played one season for the Miners after transferring from Florida State. He appeared in 10 games in 2007, posting 25 catches for 379 yards and two touchdowns. Rouse had a season-high 100 yards receiving at Rice. He also had 88 yards at UCF and 76 at New Mexico State.

Rouse originally signed with Florida State, after coming out of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. rated the top wide receiver in the country by most publications.

"We were thrilled to have the no. 1-ranked receiver in the country playing for our team, and we're both disappointed that it didn't work out," Price said. "We hope that he can find another place to play."

The Miners will start spring drills on April 1.



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