Competed in two games... made his season debut against Northwestern State during the season opener... played as a reserve against Conference USA-rival Rice during the regular-season finale.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2008)
Competed in four games against Southern, at Colorado State and against Conference USA rivals UAB and Tulane... made his collegiate debut against Southern in the season opener... finished with six tackles, including three solo stops, against the Jaguars.
Sat out as a redshirt.
PRATTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Played under coach Bill Clark at Prattville High... helped team to a 15-0 record and a state championship... earned All-State First Team Defensive Back in 2007... 2006 All-Metro honoree... earned 2007 Best Defensive Back in the state of Alabama... senior year had a grade point average of 3.0 and academic honors.
Full name is Ricardo Demetrius Bates... Born Dec. 9, 1988, in Montgomery, Ala... son of Reoma Bates and David Williams... also recruited to Memphis, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Arkansas State... enjoys drawing in his spare time... has one cousin, Antoine Smith, who earned two Super Bowl rings and played with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints... majoring in consumer sciences and merchandising.
Ricardo Bates' Career Bests
Tackles: 6, vs. Southern (8-30-08)