Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
2013 (Sophomore): Switched from wide receiver to defensive back early in the season ... played in 11 games ... was the teams primary kick returner for much of the season, returning 28 kickoffs for an average of 21.5 yards ... his long kickoff return went for 56 yards against Rutgers and came when the Bulldogs were down by seven with 2:34 left to play, setting Fresno State up with the ball on the Rutgers 40-yard line ... he had a season-high seven kickoff returns for 181 yards in that win over the Scarlet Knights in the season opener ... recorded three tackles on the year, two of which came on sacks in back-to-back plays at Idaho ... recorded one carry for four yards in the Cal Poly victory, Sept. 7 ... finished the season with 605 all-purpose yards ... moved back to wide receiver in the spring of 2014.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in 12 games ... caught two passes for 73 yards on the year ... first catch went for 26 yards against San Diego State ... second catch was a 47-yard touchdown against Hawai'i ... had two rushes for three yards on the season ... converted from running back to wide receiver in fall camp.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Ran for a total of 1,854 yards on 262 carries as a senior ... longest rush of the season went for 85 yards ... carried the ball 33 times against Mt. Whitney for a season-high ... had a season-high 311 rushing yards against Hanford ... recorded 29 rushing touchdowns ... helped the Rangers to an 8-4 mark in 2010 ... had 14 receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown ... had 12 kickoff returns for 206 yards with a 17.2 average ... longest return was 41 yards ... named second-team all-state and first-team All-Bee ... named WYL Offensive Player of the Year ... ran a 10.8 in the 100-meter and reached the finals of the state track meet.
Personal: Born Dec. 5, 1992 in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... one of three children of Erica and Brent Root ... he likes to fish and wakeboard ... his favorite athlete is Emmitt Smith because he is a good role model ... biggest athletic thrill was his first touchdown on varsity during a rivalry game ... most admires his grandfather for telling him to play football when he was younger ... chose Fresno State because of the history, tradition, and honor that comes with wearing the Bulldog red ... also recruited by Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Nevada, and Washington ... majoring in kinesiology.