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Aaron Bates
Aaron Bates

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Concord, Ohio

High School:
John Glenn

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 198

Position:
P

Experience:
4L


12/17/2013

Mark Dantonio Weekly Press Conference Coverage

No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.

Bio in PDF Format | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010
Feature: Far From the Ordinary


CAREER NOTES: Played in every one of Michigan State's 52 games during his career, all as the starting punter and holder . . . finished his career ranking among MSU's all-time leaders in punts (second with 260), punting yards (second with 10,907 yards) and punting average (seventh at 42.0) . . . proved to be a valuable weapon in terms of changing field position with his ball placement, placing 85 of his 260 career punts (33 percent) inside the opponent's 20 . . . former high school quarterback was 3-for-3 passing in his career for 68 yards (18-yard completion to Charlie Gantt on fake field goal vs. Texas Tech in 2010 Alamo Bowl; 29-yard TD pass to Charlie Gantt on fake field goal vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 18, 2010; 21-yard pass to Bennie Fowler on fake punt at Northwestern Oct. 23, 2010).

2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Elected a captain by his teammates, becoming the first punter in Michigan State's 114-year history to be named captain . . . ranked first in the Big Ten and 13th in the nation with his 45.0-yard punting average . . . earned second-team All-America honors by SI.com . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten first team . . . second-team All-Big Ten pick by Rivals.com . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third straight year . . . recipient of the team's Downtown Coaches Club Award (Outstanding Senior, Special Teams) . . . punted seven times for 304 yards (43.4 avg.), including two inside the 20 and two over 50 yards, in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama . . . placed two of his four punts inside the 20 at Penn State and also had two punts over 50 yards . . . pinned three of his five punts inside the 20, including two inside the 5, while averaging 43.4 yards per punt in win over Purdue . . . booted a 54-yarder and placed two of his three punts inside the 20 against Minnesota . . . averaged a career-best 48.5 yards per punt at No. 18 Iowa (291 yards on six punts), including two over 50 yards and one inside the 20 . . . named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Northwestern; averaged 43.0 yards on six punts and his 21-yard completion off a fake punt helped fuel Michigan State's fourth-quarter comeback . . . averaged 50.0 yards on two punts, including a 60-yarder that was downed on the 1-yard line, against Illinois . . . averaged 45.0 yards on four punts, including a career-long 69-yarder, while placing two punts inside the 20 in victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in the overtime win against Notre Dame...threw the game-winning, 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt in overtime on a fake field goal...in addition, he averaged 45.4 yards on eight punts, including three kicks of 50-plus yards and two kicks downed inside the Irish 20-yard line . . . booted a 57-yarder in his only punt against Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . averaged 44.6 yards on seven punts against Western Michigan, including a 57-yarder.

2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award for the second year in a row . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight year . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten and No. 44 in the NCAA in punting with his 41.6-yard average . . . placed 37 percent (23 of 63) of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . hit 15 punts 50 or more yards, including a season-long 59-yarder at Illinois . . . averaged 45.2 yards on four kicks vs. Texas Tech in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, including two inside the 20 and a 51-yarder . . . his 18-yard completion to Charlie Gantt off a fake punt late in the third quarter against the Red Raiders set up a touchdown that gave MSU a 28-27 lead . . . recorded season highs in punts (9) and punting yards (337) vs. Penn State while placing three punts inside the 20 . . . averaged 41.0 yards on four punts at Purdue, including a 56-yarder . . . averaged 43.5 yards on four punts at Minnesota, including a 51-yarder . . . averaged 42.8 yards on six punts against No. 7 Iowa, including two kicks downed inside the Hawkeye 20 in the first half . . . averaged 38.1 yards on seven punts at Illinois, including three kicks placed inside the Illini 20 . . . Illinois went three-and-out on two of those three possessions that started inside its own 20 . . . averaged 43.0 yards on three punts vs. No. 22 Michigan, including two kicks downed inside the Wolverine 10-yard line . . . averaged 45.0 yards on three punts at Notre Dame, including two kicks downed inside the Irish 20-yard line . . . averaged 45.6 yards on five punts against Central Michigan, including four kicks downed inside the Chippewa 20 . . . produced a pair of 57-yarders in the season opener vs. Montana State.

2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches . . . presented Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award . . . named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten and No. 30 in the nation in punting with his 42.0-yard average in 2008 . . . 22 of his 71 punts (31 percent) were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . had at least one punt downed inside the opponent's 20 in 11 of the 13 games . . . hit 15 punts 50 or more yards. . . matched his career high with four punts placed inside the 20 against Georgia in the 2009 Capital One Bowl . . . averaged 43.4 yards on five punts vs. Purdue, including a season-long 59-yarder and two kicks downed inside the Boilermaker 20 . . . averaged 45.4 yards on seven punts vs. Wisconsin . . . averaged a career-best 45.7 yards on six punts vs. Ohio State, including one downed inside the Buckeye 20 . . . averaged 43.8 yards on four punts at Northwestern and pinned the Wildcats inside the 10-yard line three times . . . averaged 41.2 yards on five punts vs. Indiana, including one downed on the 1-yard line that led to a Hoosier safety . . . averaged 45.2 yards on five punts vs. Notre Dame, including a 52-yarder and one downed inside the 20 . . . registered career highs in punts (10) and punting yards (408) vs. Florida Atlantic.

2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America recognition from The Sporting News after averaging 39.7 yards on 69 punts, including 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20- yard line . . . had at least one punt downed inside the opponent's 20 in 11 of the 12 regular-season games . . . also hit seven punts 50 or more yards . . . . became a valuable weapon down the stretch, in terms of changing field position . . . averaged 40.2 yards on 39 punts over the last six games, including 11 placed inside the opponent's 20 . . . averaged 42.0 yards on six punts vs. No. 14 Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . averaged 39.8 yards on five punts vs. Penn State, including three kicks downed inside the Nittany Lion 20 . . . averaged 41.0 yards on four punts at Purdue . . . averaged 41.7 yards on a season-high nine punts against Michigan and pinned the Wolverines inside the 20-yard line four times . . . his season-long 67-yarder was downed at the Michigan 6 in the second quarter . . . averaged 41.0 yards on eight punts at top-ranked Ohio State, including a 54-yarder . . . averaged a season-high 44.2 yards on four punts at Wisconsin.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in June 2007 Ohio North-South Classic in Columbus . . . two-time first-team All-Ohio selection as the placekicker/punter . . . averaged 43.2 yards per punt as a senior . . . made nine field goals in 2006, including a school- and Muskingum Valley League-record 50-yarder vs. Tri-Valley . . . placed 85 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone in 2006 . . . also started at quarterback for Coach John Kelley at John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio . . . accounted for 844 total yards and six touchdowns in 2006 while helping the Muskies advance to the Division III playoffs . . . completed 50-of-110 passes (.455) for 775 yards, five TDs and two interceptions . . . hit 6-of-8 throws for 146 yards and two scores vs. Morgan . . . averaged 42.4 yards per punt as a junior . . . averaged 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists for John Glenn's basketball team in 2006-07. . . scored in double figures in 18 of 22 games as a senior . . . graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . competed in The Voice of Democracy . . . son of Jon and Mary Bates . . . born Sept. 25, 1988 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in general management.

BATES' CAREER STATS

RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2007................ 13 1 14 0 14 14.0 1.1 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 52 1 14 0 14 14.0 0.3

PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2007................ 13 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2008................ 13 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 13 1- 1- 0 18 0 18 100.0 18.0 1.4 251.2 2010................ 13 2- 2- 0 50 1 29 100.0 25.0 3.8 475.0 TOTAL............... 52 3- 3- 0 68 1 29 100.0 22.7 1.3 400.4

TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2007................ 13 14 0 14 1.1 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0.0 2009................ 13 0 18 18 1.4 2010................ 13 0 50 50 3.8 TOTAL............... 52 14 68 82 1.6

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2007................ 13 14 0 0 0 0 14 1.1 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2009................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2010................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 52 14 0 0 0 0 14 0.3

PUNTING G No. Yards Lg Avg 2007................ 13 69 2742 67 39.7 2008................ 13 71 2979 59 42.0 2009................ 13 63 2621 59 41.6 2010................ 13 57 2565 69 45.0 TOTAL............... 52 260 10907 69 42.0

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2007................ 13 1 0 1 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2009................ 13 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2010................ 13 0 1 1 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 52 1 1 2 0.0-0 0 0 0 0