When asked what this game against Cal signifies for him, Bates replied "It's the last time playing at Sun Devil stadium, and there will be lots of emotions going through the game. But we have a lot to play for. For the senior class it's a lot motivation to play well this week. We know we're going to a bowl, and maybe even the Rose Bowl. When you make a play, that's what you think of, and that's what keeps your drive." The linebacker said that he won't have many family members at the game this weekend, and even if he did that won't serve as a disruption. "Only my parents and uncle are coming down for the game, but they won't be a distraction to me. This is it as far as playing my last game at home, and I'm just gonna leave it all on the field."
Bates was singled out as one of the bright spots in the loss to Washington State last week. What was even more remarkable was that he was barely getting over a case of the flu when he took the field. Nevertheless, he downplayed his individual accomplishments, and chose to look at the greater picture. "I don't think it was one of my better games, and I know Coach (Koetter) said it was (smile). It was a tough game, and we played a great team. We obviously didn't come to play, and we made too many mistakes. We know what we're capable of doing, and we're upset that we let that game pass us by. We just have to take everything out against Cal this week."
This senior class is currently enjoying its greatest success during their ASU career. No senior (or upperclassmen for that matter) ever won seven games as a Sun Devil. Thus, it was hardly a shocker when we asked Bates which game was the most memorable to him during his maroon and gold years. "Looking back I played against a lot of great teams. But, the Oregon win this year was probably the most memorable game. It took me four years to beat them, and to win that one on the road was huge." Nostalgia will have to take a back seat to the great feats that are yet to be achieved this season. This group of 19 senior players are likely going to commence their College Football career on a high note, and in the next few weeks they and their teammates will determine how sweet of an ending their ASU tenure will have.
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