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Jessie Bates III
Jessie  Bates III

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, IN

High School:
Snider

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195

Position:
DB

09/30/2017

No. 25 Florida State Surpasses Wake Forest Late, 26-19

The Seminoles scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game to break a tie and earn the victory.

12/27/2016

Deacs Defeat No. 23 Temple to Win Military Bowl

Wake Forest earns its first bowl title since 2008 with a 34-26 victory, the first over a ranked team in five years.

11/26/2016

Wake Forest Falls to Boston College 17-14

John Wolford throws two touchdown passes in the loss

11/19/2016

No. 4 Clemson Defeats Wake Forest, 35-13

Jessie Bates III, Marquel Lee and Josh Okonye each tallied 12 tackles in the losing effort.

11/05/2016

Deacs Clinch Bowl Berth, Defeat Virginia 27-20

Jessie Bates III interception return for a touchdown clinches comeback

09/30/2017

Florida State @ Wake Forest

Florida State @ Wake Forest

09/23/2017

Wake Forest at Appalachian State

Wake Forest at Appalachian State (Sept. 23)

09/09/2017

Wake Forest at Boston College

Wake Forest at Boston College - Sept. 9, 2017

08/31/2017

Wake Forest vs. Presbyterian

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 51-7, on Thursday, Aug. 31 at BB&T Field.

11/19/2016

USATSI Gallery - Clemson @ Wake Forest

USATSI Gallery - Clemson @ Wake Forest

2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Had an outstanding redshirt freshman campaign in 2016 ... Was a consensus Freshman All-American ... Earned first team Freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today, Campus Insiders, ESPN, Athlon and Sports on Earth ... Runner-up for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year to Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... Was second in the ACC in interceptions with 5 ... Led the ACC in interception return yards with 158 ... Led all ACC freshmen in interceptions ... The only freshman in the country with two interception returns for touchdowns ... Fifth in the ACC in PR Average (5.3) in league games ... Finished 14th in the ACC in tackles per game with 7.7 ... Was the second-leading tackler in the conference among freshmen behind only Duke’s Joe Giles-Harris ... Tied for the league lead in solo tackles with 70 along with Virginia’s Quin Blanding ... Had the most solo tackles of any freshman in the ACC ... 20th in the ACC in passes defended with nine ... His 70 unassisted tackles were the second-most ever recorded by a redshirt freshman at Wake Forest behind Kelvin Moses who had 71 in 1995 ... Set the school record for interceptions by a redshirt freshman with 5 ... Had interception returns for touchdowns against Indiana (55 yards) and Virginia (39 yards) ... Led the team with eight tackles, seven solos, in his collegiate debut vs. Tulane (9/1) ... Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week on 9/26 for his performance against Indiana ... Intercepted two passes and returned one 55 yards for a score ... Had 94 yards in return yardage ... Led the Deacons with eight tackles, fielded a pair of punts and recovered Indiana’s last-gasp onside kick with 11 seconds remaining in the game ... Received honorable mention from the Jim Thorpe Player of the Week as ranking among the nation’s top defensive backs following the IU game ... Led the team with a career-high 15 tackles vs. NC State (10/1) ... Second on the team with eight tackles vs. Florida State (10/15) ... Added his third interception of the year vs. the Seminoles ... Had an interception and 25-yard return vs. Army West Point (10/29) ... Intercepted a Virginia pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown and the game-winning score in a 27-20 win over Virginia (11/5) ... Led the team with 13 tackles vs. Louisville (11/12) ... Added a forced fumble vs. the Cardinals and a season-long 29-yard punt return ... Tied for the team tackle lead with 12 vs. Clemson (11/19) . . Tied for the team lead with seven tackles in the Military Bowl victory over Temple ... Had interceptions in three consecutive games (Florida State, Army and Virginia) ... On the field for 993 plays, the most among all returning players in 2017 ... Earned his first varsity letter.

2015 (True Freshman)
Redshirted.

High School
Team captain as a senior ... Rated as a 3-star recruit by 247 and ESPN ... A two-time first team all-state selection by the Associated Press in 2013 and 2014 ... Earned first team all-state honors from USA Today in 2014 ... As a senior, recorded nine interceptions tying the mark of NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson ... Recognized as All-Northeast Indiana first team by The Journal Gazette ... Helped lead Snider to a 10-3 record as a senior ... Also played point guard for the Snider basketball team ... Coached in football by Kurt Tippman.

Personal
Son of Theresa Ladd ... Born Oct. 11, 1996.

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