Quickly: Will battle for a starting spot at defensive end heading into fall drills... Has shown improvement each season. 2004 (Jr.): Started nine games at defensive end... Recorded 15 tackles... Had two tackles for loss, including one sack, which came against New Mexico State... Broke up two passes as well on the season... Had four tackles against Idaho for best tackle total... Had three stops against Utah the following week. 2003 (So.): Started the first three games of the season before John Chick returned from his broken thumb... Thirteen of his 22 tackles on the year came in those three starts... Had six tackles against Utah and then five against Nebraska and two against Arizona State... Had 1.5 tackles for loss on the year... Recovered a fumble against Middle Tennessee and returned it four yards for a touchdown. 2002 (Fr.): Played as a backup on the line... Recorded three tackles on the year with stops against Nebraska, Iowa and New Mexico. High School: Was ranked in the top 150 players in the state of Texas... Was an all-area top 75 selection by the Fort Worth Star Telegram... Was the district defensive MVP... As a senior he recorded 65 tackles with nine sacks and five other tackles for loss. Personal: Born Oct. 31, 1982 in Arlington, Texas... Son of Linda and M.D. Gates... Plans on majoring in physical education and would like to become a coach... Likes to play basketball.