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#17 Wilson Cates
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Allons, Tenn.
High School: Livingston Academy

At Princeton — 2009:recorded six tackles, including one for loss, and a forced fumble against Brown... recorded 10 tackles and an interception against No. 23 Colgate; it was his second straight game against Colgate with 10 tackles and his second straight game against the Patriot League with an interception...named to the Ivy League Honor Roll after recording six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with an interception, a sack and a pass breakup in the 17-14 win over Lehigh.  2008: finished third on the team with 67 tackles and led Princeton with 41 solo stops ... recorded at least four tackles in all 10 games as the starting strong safety ... recorded career-best 10 tackles at Colgate, including nine solo stops ... recorded three tackles for loss, including 1.5 in home victory over Lehigh ... returned an interception 25 yards in season opener at The Citadel ... added one pass breakup and seven tackles in Ivy-opening win at Columbia. 2007: led all returning safeties with 33 tackles, including 16 solo stops, and recorded two pass breakups ... also recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions ... played in all 10 games and started several, based on defensive package ... had career game in ESPNU victory over Cornell, when he recorded a season-high eight tackles, including five unassisted, and added a tackle for loss and an interception ... had multiple tackles in eight of final nine games, including seven at Brown ... recorded final interception of the season in overtime win at Dartmouth.

At Livingston Academy — lettered four years in both football and basketball ... earned all-region honors four times and all-state honors twice in football as both a quarterback and defensive back ... two-time region most valuable player ... three-year captain ... led team to Blue Cross Bowl as a senior ... four-time all-district and two-time district most valuable player as a point guard for the basketball team ... region most valuable player as a senior ... selected to the Spanish Honor Society, the Beta Club, and the National Honor Society ... won the Drama Award ... ranked third in his class.

Personal — born Feb. 24, 1987 ... son of James and Connie Cates ... father is a physician, mother is a nurse ... interests include church, water sports, camping and hiking ... a religion major.


Year Tackles (U/A)
Pass BrUp
33 (16/17)
67 (41/26)
2009 37 (20/17) 2.5/13 1/6 0/0 2/0 2


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