PERSONAL — Born Jackie Lee Bates on Oct. 12, 1986 in Sacramento, Calif. Parent: Valencia Bates. Family: One brother, one sister. High School (Coach): De La Salle (Bob Ladouceur) 2004. Major: Undeclared.
HIGH SCHOOL — The PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American received votes for Best in the West inclusion by the Long Beach Press-Telegram despite being limited to only three games his senior year due to a foot injury. Was ranked among the top 25 defensive backs in the country by SuperPrep magazine as well as the 21st-best prep prospect in the state after converting from safety to cornerback in 2003. The two-year defensive starter for a program ranked No. 1 in the country for his last three years (151-game winning streak) also averaged 6.5 yards per carry in brief running back stint before suffering physical setback. Accumulated second-team all-state honors as a junior, averaging 10.1 yards per carry (747 yards) and scoring 15 touchdowns.
OREGON — As program’s most experienced cornerback (seven career starts), coaches hopeful that now is the time he assumes the leadership role he is capable. Possesses the ability to become a premier defensive back in the conference as well as be as good as any of his predecessors in recent memory. Increased his intensity and focus in the spring and needs to be a dominating force for the secondary to be successful in 2006. Is the type of player who could have benefitted down the road from redshirting his first year, yet possessed too much talent to sit on the bench as a true freshman in ‘04. Clocked team’s fastest electronic 40 time during the spring (4.46) in addition to squad’s third-best vertical jump (34 inches). One of program’s better cover cornerbacks and is a good open-field tackler. Only Rashad Bauman (1997-01) has completed a faster 40 time among school’s all-time defensive backs than Bates’ 4.31 in 2005 off-season. Tied for most tackles in the Spring Game with eight. Will begin fall drills as the starter at left cornerback
2005 — Presence may have been slightly overlooked by the casual observer compared to his first season due to the talents of team’s starting cornerbacks but delivered when called upon in 10 appearances. Missed team’s final two games of the regular season while recuperating from injuries. Filled in as a starter vs. Arizona State and Washington, logging 94 and 62 snaps, respectively. Oregon’s fifth-leading tackler in the secondary equaled career-high five tackles against Montana and added tackles for losses vs. Houston, Stanford and the Grizzlies. Also nabbed career’s second interception vs. the Cardinal in addition to returning a pair of kickoffs for 25 yards against Fresno State. Tied for fifth on the team with nine special teams tackles, leading the team’s efforts against Houston and Montana.
2004 — Broke into the starting lineup for five of his nine appearances as a true freshman, finishing as the secondary’s fourth-leading tackler. Posted collegiate-best five tackles vs. Stanford and UCLA in addition to recording tackle for loss against Washington State and intercepting one pass vs. Arizona. Experienced most extensive action against the Bruins (88 plays). Awarded team’s top newcomer honor (Len Casanova Award) in addition to receiving third-team Freshman All-America plaudits.