Ryan Bates Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team

By Mike Treb on January 11, 2017 at 8:30 am
Penn State Nittany Lions guard/center Ryan Bates (52) blocks Michigan State Spartans defensive end Demetrius Cooper (98) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan State 45-12.

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Starting your college career at guard, playing well, shifting to left tackle in the face of multiple injuries, doing it all very, very well and raking in awards for your play.

That's Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Bates, who this week was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

Bates, 6'4 and 305 lbs., played guard and later left tackle during Penn State's Rose Bowl run, displaying impressive versatility as a redshirt freshman. He was thrown into a difficult situation as Penn State lost three different starting tackles during the course of the year to injury: Andrew Nelson, Brendan Mahon and Paris Palmer.

The Warrington, Pa.-native joined Big Ten offensive line colleagues Michael Jordan of Ohio State, Donnie Corley of Michigan State and Ben Bredeson of Michigan on the Freshman All-America Team.

Ohio State running back Mike Weber also made the first-team offense. So, too, did USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who helped the Trojans beat Bates and the Nittany Lions in the 2017 Rose Bowl.

This isn't Bates' first honor for his play. USA TODAY Sports named Bates a Freshman All-American in December.