Getting to Know: Joe Bates

Rocket Digest continues it's Q&A introduction to the 2008 Toledo Rockets football team with defensive back Joe Bates. Who is his favorite NFL team? What brought him to Toledo? What does he do when he's not on the football field? What was the first position he played on the football field? All that and more inside this Rocket Digest Q&A.
August 17, 2008

Laney DB Joe Bates says he's a Spartan

Rangy cover safeties are tough to find, but San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey liked the look of Laney College DB Joe Bates enough to hand him an offer. Bates was on campus this past weekend and gave his commitment to the Spartans before he left.
December 4, 2006

Laney CB Good to Go After Fall

Laney College (Calif.) cornerback Joe Bates had D1 options coming out of Skyline High School in Oakland but chose Division 1AA Portland State over offers from San Jose St., UNLV, Hawaii and Utah State. His choice didn't matter. The NCAA Clearinghouse told him he didn't qualify, so his football life was thrown for a loop.
June 15, 2006