Bell, Woods receive first team honors
Bulldogs and Illini meet for second time
Conference USA Championship Game: Louisiana Tech at Marshall
Marshall defeated LA Tech, 26-23, to claim the C-USA Championship on Saturday in Huntington, West Virginia
LA Tech defeated Rice, 76-31, to clinch the C-USA West Division Title
Photos from the LA Tech game at ODU.
Photos from the 2014 Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky game
Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss in Rivalry in Dixie game
Louisiana Tech vs. UTSA
Louisiana Tech vs. Northwestern State football game
2013 (Illinois): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by media ... Started all 12 games at LEO (DL/LB hybrid) and totaled 40 tackles, 12.0 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 5 QB hurries, 2 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a safety on the season ... Ranked second on the team and ninth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (1.0) ... Had four tackles, including two TFLs and a sack, at Purdue ... Forced his second fumble of the season against Ohio State ... Recorded a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack against Indiana ... Recorded his fourth career fumble recovery against Penn State and also broke up a pass ... Had four tackles and his first solo sack of 2013 against Michigan State ... Notched four tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and forced a safety at Nebraska by tackling Husker RB Imani Cross in the end zone ... Had a TFL and a QB hurry against Miami (Ohio) ... Recorded a career-high eight tackles and had 1.5 TFLs against Washington ... Recorded two tackles, including a half-TFL, notched a QB hurry and recovered a fumble against SIU ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 (Illinois): Played in 10 games at linebacker and made two starts, the first two games of the season ... Had 18 tackles, one forced fumble and one recovery on the season ... Recovered a fumble and recorded three tackles at Northwestern ... Registered two tackles at both Ohio State and Michigan ... Recorded three tackles against Penn State after not playing against Louisiana Tech and Charleston Southern due to injury ... Registered two tackles at Arizona State ... Recorded five tackles and forced one fumble in win over Western Michigan ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 (Illinois): Played in all 13 games, making two starts ... Had 23 tackles, 2.0 TFLs and one sack on the season ... Posted a career-high seven tackles in win over Indiana ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after posting five tackles, two TFLs, one sack and a fumble recovery against Arkansas State.
2010 (Illinois): Redshirted the 2010 season.
High School: Named LHSAA 5A Defensive Player of the Year, All-State and New Orleans All-Metro in 2009 ... Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, and an All-Region selection by Rivals.com ... Led team to 10-2 record and a District title in 2009 ... Racked up 12 sacks and 16 TFLs as a senior at defensive end ... St. Paul's advanced to state quarterfinals twice and won two District championships during Bates' career ... High school coach was Ken Sears ... Also played baseball and ran track in high school.
Personal: Full name is William Houston Bates ... Son of John and Fran Heaton ... Born Dec. 20, 1991 ... Received Bachelor's degree in community health from Illinois before transferring to Louisiana Tech.