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.
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