The Golden Eagles appeared in their first bowl Game since 2011 at the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
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Southern Miss and UTSA meet for the first time this week in a Thursday night contest.
Southern Miss fell to LA Tech, 31-20
A total of 126 Golden Eagle student-athletes were recognized.
2015 (Redshirt Junior): Played in all 14 games, starting four…Helped pave the way for record-setting offense that piled up school-record 7,133 total offense…Ranked fourth on the team with 39 pancake blocks during the regular season.
2014 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in seven games on the season, making a pair of starts ... Earned first collegiate start against Rice ... Helped the team rush for 1,149 yards, while passing for an additional 3,231 for a total offensive production of 4,380.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games on the season ... Helped the Golden Eagles' offense to 3,786 yards of total offense, including 2,911 yards passing and 875 yards rushing ... Made collegiate debut in the season-opener against Texas State.
2012 (Freshman): Named to the 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Two-star offensive lineman by Scout.com ... Played for coach Walter Denton at Tylertown High School ... Helped lead the Chiefs to an 11-2 record and a No. 21 ranking in Mississippi by MaxPreps.com ... All-Area selection by the McComb Enterprise-Journal ... First-Team All-District 7-4A selection ... Participated in the 61st Bernard Blackwell North/South All Star Classic ... Also played baseball and was a member of the track & field team ... Named All-Region and All-District in track & field, placing third in the State Championship in the discus ... Helped THS to State Track & Field Championship in 2012.
Personal: Full name is Oliver Davion Bates ... Son of Lisa and Oliver Bates ... Has one brother, Tadrick Gathright, and two sisters, LaKiena Downs and Alessia Mathews ... Born on April 16, 1994 in Tylertown, Miss. ... Majoring in architecture engineering.