Fresno State running back Marteze Waller is on track to start in the Hawaii Bowl on Wednesday after returning to practice about a week ago from a shoulder injury.
Waller was injured during the third quarter against Boise State in the Mountain West championship Dec. 6 and didn’t return. The junior also missed a few early bowl workouts.
“He’s been practicing all week, looked good,” coach Tim DeRuyter said Monday. “He should be ready to start.”
The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Waller has left a game because of injury three times this season, the first time because of a shoulder injury and the second due to a hit to the head.
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He was held to 23 yards on 15 carries during the Mountain West championship, but on the season he has 1,292 yards and 11 touchdowns on 210 carries, as well as 120 yards on 26 receptions. Waller ranks No. 33 in the nation with an average of 99.4 rushing yards per game and No. 19 with an average of 6.15 yards per carry.
Rice ranks No. 47 in the country and third in the Conference USA in rushing defense, allowing 151.8 yards per game. But in its regular-season finale, Rice gave up 269 rushing yards and six touchdowns on just 36 plays during a 71-36 loss at Louisiana Tech.