CAREER -- Moved to linebacker as a sophomore after playing safety as a freshman in 2009 ... Six double-digit tackle games in his career.
2011 -- Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC Fourth Team ... Started all 13 games and led the team with 104 tackles ... The 104 stops equal the most by an Auburn player in the last 10 years (Josh Bynes, 2009) ... Finished fourth in the SEC in tackles per game (8.0) and 84th nationally ... Five double-digit tackle efforts, including three in the last four games of the season ... Third on team with 8.5 tackles for loss (-30), 2.5 quarterback sacks (-15), and nine quarterback hurries ... 8.5 TFL most by an AU linebacker since Will Herring (9.5 in 2006) ... Averaged 10.5 tackles during last four games of season ... Totaled seven tackles, one TFL in the opener against Utah State ... Career-high and team-leading 12 tackles in win over Mississippi State ... 10 tackles at Clemson ... Four tackles and two QB hurries against FAU ... Totaled five tackles and his first sack of the season in win at South Carolina ... Seven tackles and two QB hurries at Arkansas ... Solid all-around game in win over Florida with four tackles and 0.5 TFL ... Also recovered a fumble, credited with a breakup and picked up two QB hurries against the Gators ... Totaled nine tackles in loss at LSU ... Four tackles and half a sack in win over Ole Miss ... Tied his career high with 12 stops in consecutive games at Georgia and versus Samford ... 10 tackles against Alabama
2010 -- Appeared in 12 games with nine starts ... 8th on team with 48 tackles ... Made first collegiate start at linebacker in season opener vs. Arkansas State and led Tigers in tackles with 10 (seven solo) ... Against Mississippi State, totaled three solo tackles ... Against Clemson, had one QB hurry to go with five total tackles, three solo ... Against South Carolina, forced first career fumble (which led to AU go-ahead TD in fourth quarter), had a QB hurry, one TFL and five total tackles ... In limited action vs. ULM, recored one assisted tackle with one QB hurry ... Against Kentucky, finished second on team with eight tackles, including six solo stops ... Also forced a fumble in second quarter that led to AU field goal ... Three tackles, two solo, vs. Arkansas ... Against LSU, registered five tackles with one QB hurry before leaving game with injury in the second quarter ... Did not play vs. Ole Miss or UTC due to injury, breaking streak of 21 consecutive starts since 2009 freshman season ... Against Georgia, had one solo tackle with a QB hurry ... Played vs. Alabama but did not have a tackle ... In SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, finished with third-most tackles with six and had an interception which halted a Gamecock scoring threat at the AU 24-yard line ... Against Oregon in BCS National Championship Game, tallied one solo tackle.
2009 -- Ranked T-39th in SEC in tackles per game, 5.4 tpg ... Started all 13 games ... Totaled 70 tackles with 2.5 TFL and one fumble recovery ... Started at safety in season opener vs. Louisiana Tech ... Recorded AU's only interception of the game, making a leaping grab at the AU 2-yard line to halt a Tech scoring threat ... Had three assisted tackles and two QB hurries in SEC opener vs. Mississippi State ... Totaled four solo tackles vs. West Virginia ... Led Tigers with seven tackles vs. Ball State ... Also registered half a sack (-12 yards) and 1.5 TFL (-14 yards) vs. Ball State ... seven tackles against Tennessee, six of them solo ... Had six tackles, with five solo, against Arkansas ... Against Kentucky, eight tackles with six solo stops ... Had a QB hurry to go with four assisted tackles vs. LSU ... Against Ole Miss, tied for team lead with nine tackles ... Also recovered a fumble and broke up a pass vs. Rebels ... In limited action vs. Furman, two solo tackles ... Finished with three tackles vs. Georgia ... Finished with seven tackles, five solo, including a TFL (-5 yards) vs. Alabama ... In Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern, recorded seven tackles, including six solo stops, with one pass breakup.
HIGH SCHOOL -- High School Coach: Scott Samsel ... Collected 90 tackles and four interceptions and had nearly 900 yards of total offense as a senior ... MHSAA All-Region 1 Class 5A team ... Selected for the Commercial Appeal Shelby Metro All-Suburban team ... BankPlus Player of the Week by the DeSoto Times following a 49-22 victory over Horn Lake in which he had 107 total yards and three touchdowns, 10 tackles and an interception.
PERSONAL -- Born Nov. 27, 1990 ... Son of Michael and Weslynn Bates ... Major: Philosophy.