Cougars (7-2, 4-1) and Cardinals in pivotal American Athletic Conference match up
Houston (7-1, 4-0) travels to Orlando, Fla. and plays on ESPN2 on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Hear from head coach Tony Levine, Thomas Bates, Rowdy Harper and Daniel Spencer
Thursday night game broadcast on ESPN at 6 p.m.
Hear from head coach Tony Levine, Kenneth Farrow and Zach McMillian
AP Photos: Houston at East Carolina
2009-10 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
2013: One of Houston's starting cornerbacks in 12 games this season ... missed the Rutgers game with a slight ankle injury ... led the team with nine passes broken up ... tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles against Southern and Rice ... had a career-high two interceptions vs. BYU ... broke up a career-best four passes against USF ... had a tackle for loss against UCF.
2012: Backup cornerback for the majority of the year, started the final three games of the season after the season-ending injury to D.J. Hayden ... had at least seven tackles in each of the three games he started including a career-high 11 tackles against Tulane ... had second career tackle for loss against Tulsa ... recovered a fumble at UCLA ... broke up 10 passes on the season including a career-high three against Tulsa.
2011: Played in all-14 games, making three starts ... Tied for second on the team with three interceptions and seven passes broken up ... Had two critical interceptions in the road win at Louisiana Tech and a third pick against East Carolina ... Broke up a season high three passes in wins against East Carolina and at Tulane ... Made the start in the road win at Tulane ... Had six solo tackles and a sack against SMU ... Had two solo stops in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl win against Penn State.
2010: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... Had two stops at SMU ... Posted a career-best four tackles at Memphis ... Recorded one tackle vs. UCF.
High School: Competed at Robert E. Lee High for head coach Dick Oline ... Ranked No. 43 Safety by Scout.com ... Shared MVP honors at team banquet ... Won Henry Armstrong Award for top defensive back, as well as Pi-Yi Kern "Spirit and Determination" Award and one of four winners of the Michael Clement Scholarship Award ... Was a First-Team All-District selection at defensive back, kick returner and punt returner ... Posted a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash.
Personal: Full name is Thomas Edward Bates... Born July 20, 1990, in Baytown, Texas ... son of Thomas and Rita Bates ... graduated in May of 2013 with a degree inkinesiology-sports administration.
Thomas Bates' Career Bests