Louisiana Tech and coach Skip Holtz have announced that they have added 5 new players to its football squad. Two of the new additions are 5th year student athletes are from the Big-10. Both defensive end Houston Bates (formerly of Illinois) and quarterback Cody Sokol (formerly of Iowa) have graduated and have one year of eligibility remaining.
All five additions – Bates, Sokol...
Starting LEO Houston Bates has decided to forgo his senior at Illinois to move closer to home.
The Illinois defense lost one of its returning starters from 2013 this week, as rising senior Houston Bates has decided to transfer closer to his home of Covington, La. to finish his college career.
Bates started all 12 games at the LEO position (linebacker/end option) for the Illini in 2013. He will graduate in May with a degree in community health, making him eligible to play...
LEO Houston Bates talks about Illinois' upcoming matchup with Washington in Chicago's Soldier Field.
It takes time to adapt to a new position, especially for a defensive end moving to an inside linebacker position. Fighting Illini sophomore Houston Bates was a pass-rushing defensive end in high school, so it is not surprising he needed time at the WILL linebacker position. But he's now listed as a starter, and he expects to continue his development this season.