Born in Ogden, Utah ... parents are Doug and Brooke Bates ... served a Church mission to Nuku'alofa, Tonga (2002-2004) ... returned from Tonga in April, 2004 ... married to Tiffani Clark ... an Eagle Scout.
A two-year letterwinner in football at Boise HS ... played linebacker and fullback ... team went 0-10 as a senior ... team had one victory in his two seasons with the Braves.
Redshirted as a true freshman (2000) at Ricks JC ... started 11 games at linebacker for the Vikings as a redshirt freshman ... helped Ricks to a 10-1 record and a top-10 ranking in the program's final season.
Earned letterman honors as a sophomore ... saw action in seven games throughout the season, including time at linebacker and on special teams ... credited with two tackles on the season.
Earned letterman honors as a junior ... saw action in seven games throughout the season ... recorded four tackles, all against Eastern Illinois ... had one punt return on the season ... participated in spring drills ... credited with three tackles in the annual Blue-White game.