2005: Played in all 11 games and started eight times at center ... Was third among all linemen with 557 snaps played to go along with 93 knockdowns and a cumulative grade of 81 percent ... Shared the team lead with 10 knockdowns at Alabama, then came back against North Texas to register a team-best 15.5 in 77 snaps ... Played 65 snaps and earned a grade of 85 percent in the loss to Akron ... Had 14 knockdowns in 59 plays at FAU ... Earned the team's knockdown award against ULL with 14.5 while grading out at 83 percent in 64 snaps ... Did not start against Arkansas State but played 27 snaps and graded out at 87 percent ... Played just 11 snaps in a reserve role against Louisiana-Monroe ... Was in on 35 plays and had a grade of 87 percent in loss to NC State ... Started at Troy and responded with a team-high 14 knockdowns in 54 snaps (also graded out at 80 percent) ... Started at FIU and played 62 snaps and earned a grade of 81 percent.
2004: Moved from defensive end to offensive center during the second week of spring practice in 2004 ... Started nine of 11 games on the season with eight at center and one at right guard ... Played 627 total snaps to go along with 109 knockdowns and a cumulative grade of 76 percent ... Had a career-best 19 knockdowns and a grade of 86 percent in the win over Utah State ... Tallied 76 snaps and 14.5 knockdowns in win at Akron ... At ULL, Gates played 76 snaps and had 12.5 knockdowns ... Collected 16 knockdowns in 68 snaps against Idaho ... Graded out a season-best 89 percent at New Mexico State ... Played 78 snaps and registered 11.5 knockdowns at Florida.
2003: Played in all 12 games ... Ended the year with three total tackles ... Collected one tackle against the Bulldogs and one against NMSU.
2002: Took a redshirt year.
High School: Registered 109 tackles and three sacks in leading LaGrange High School to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship in 2001 ... A teammate in high school of current Blue Raider Shavaskey Brown ... Gates helped LaGrange to a 11-1 mark in 2000 ... Broke the bench press school record (previously owned by Shavaskey Brown) with a lift of 370 pounds ... Played for coach Steve Pardue, a former teammate of Andy McCollum's at Austin Peay.
Personal: Parents: Jerome and Mary Gates ... Born: 11/5/83 ... Major: Liberal Arts.