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Barkley and Gesicki claim first team honors, while McSorley and Hamilton earn second team accolades
McSorley and Cabinda named co-presidents of Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter
Barkley and Godwin claim All-Bowl Team national honors, while five Nittany Lions honored on ESPN's Big Ten squad
Redshirt freshman claims second Freshman All-America accolade
Jan. 2, 2017
Season: Started eight games at left tackle...Missed games at Michigan State (11/4), vs. Rutgers (11/11) and vs. Nebraska (11/18) due to injury.
Akron (9/2): Helped pave the way for 569 total yards...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 174 rushing yards for his 11th career 100-yard rushing game...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 280 passing yards and two scoring throws...Didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry...Part of the offensive line unit that was named the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack...Blocked for 148 total rushing yards - including 88 from Saquon Barkley - and protected Trace McSorley to the tune of three touchdowns and 164 yards passing. Georgia State (9/16): Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including Trace McSorley's sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10-or-more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to a season-high 579 yards of total offense on a school-record 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Saquon Barkley's career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for Trace McSorley's 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect Trace McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State's career receptions record. at Northwestern (10/7): Protected quarterback Trace McSorley to the tune of 245 yards passing and cleared the way for Saquon Barkley's two touchdowns and game-high 75 rushing yards...Aided the team in piling up 381 yards of total offense to earn bowl eligibility. Michigan (10/21): Helped Penn State pile up 506 yards of total offense, the most allowed by Michigan since 2015 vs. Indiana (527 yards)...The 303 yards gained in the first half by Penn State are the most allowed by a Jim Harbaugh-coached Michigan team in any half...Instrumental in the Nittany Lions five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley's 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Protected Trace McSorley on a 282-yard passing night and one scoring strike...McSorley also ran for 76 yards and three scores, the most by a Penn State quarterback since at least 1967. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards...Protected Trace McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score...Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013.
➤ 2016 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Selected as a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of American and USA Today...Named honorable mention Campus Insiders Freshman All-America...Named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Named to the BTN.com and ESPN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Teams...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. Iowa (11/5).
Season: Started all 14 games...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...One of two offensive linemen to start all 14 games (Brian Gaia)...Started games at left guard and left tackle.
Kent State (9/3): Made his first career start in his first career game...Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 105-yard rushing effort and protected Trace McSorley, who posted his first career 200-yard passing game. at Pitt (9/10): Part of an offensive line that cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s four rushing touchdowns...Blocked for Trace McSorley’s 332 passing yards, which ranks tied for No. 16 in Penn State single-game history. Temple (9/17): Part of a line that didn’t allow a sack...Paved the way for three rushing touchdowns...Protected Trace McSorley in his third career 200-yard passing effort. at Michigan (9/24): Helped Saquon Barkley move into the top-30 on the career rushing list...Protected Trace McSorley, who threw a touchdown pass in his fifth straight game. Minnesota (10/1): Helped Penn State to 471 yards of total offense, the most since racking up an identical total vs. Rutgers in 2015...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 408 yards of total offense (335 passing, 73 rushing), the third-highest total in school history...Opened up the left side on Saquon Barkley’s game-winning 25-yard touchdown run in overtime. Maryland (10/8): Paved the way for 372 total rushing yards, the third-highest total for a Penn State team in Big Ten play and fourth-most in any game for Penn State in the last 20 years...Guided the offense to 524 total yards, the most since 2014 vs. UCF (511) and the most in Big Ten play since 2012 vs. Indiana (546). Ohio State (10/22): Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 99 rushing yards. at Purdue (10/29): Helped Penn State gain more than 500 total yards, ending the game with 511...Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s 207 rushing yards and Trace McSorley’s 228 yards passing...Had a key downfield block that helped spring Barkley on his 81-yard touchdown run...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns in the game...Integral part of Penn State scoring 62 points, its most points since scoring 66 vs. Coastal Carolina in 2006 and the most in a Big Ten game since tallying 63 vs. Illinois in 2005. Iowa (11/5): Blocked for a 167-yard rushing effort by Saquon Barkley and a 240-yard passing night for Trace McSorley...Helped Penn State to 599 yards of total offense, the most since recording 661 yards at Rutgers (1995) and the highest total offense output by Penn State against a Big Ten team since 653 yards against Michigan State (1994)...Overall, Penn State rushed for 359 yards...His efforts enabled the Nittany Lions to go 7-of-14 on third down and the offense did not have a single three-and-out in the game. at Indiana (11/12): Helped protect Trace McSorley during his 332-yard passing game...Started at left guard before moving to left tackle after Paris Palmer left the game. at Rutgers (11/19): Helped Penn State pile up its eighth game of 400-plus yards and fourth game in 2016 with at least 500 yards...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 210 yards passing. Michigan State (11/26): Instrumental in Penn State gaining 463 yards of total offense...Helped Trace McSorley pile up 389 yards of total offense, the fifth-most in program history...McSorley threw for 376 yards - the sixth-highest total in school history - with four touchdown passes and rushed for 13 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Helped Penn State score 38 points, the most scored by a Wisconsin opponent since 2014 (Ohio State; 59)...Protected quarterback Trace McSorley, who threw for 384 yards, which ranks No. 4 in Penn State history and broke the Big Ten Championship Game passing record...Also gave McSorley time to connect on a Big Ten Championship Game-record four passing touchdowns...Paved the way for Saquon Barkley’s 83 yards rushing, which enabled him to break Evan Royster’s Penn State sophomore rushing record. vs. USC (1/2): Helped Penn State become the first team in Rose Bowl history with a 175-yard rusher and receiver in a game (Chris Godwin; 187 receiving yards and Saquon Barkley; 194 rushing yards)...Barkley and Godwin broke the Penn State bowl records for rushing yards and receiving yards in a bowl game, respectively...Penn State’s 465 yards of total offense are fourth in the school’s bowl history and the most since the 1996 Outback Bowl (487)...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 254 yards, including a Penn State bowl-record-tying four touchdown passes.
➤ 2015 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Three-year letterman and a senior team captain at Archbishop Wood High School with fellow Nittany Lion Jake Cooper for head coach Steve Devlin...Won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles in 2013 and 2014 with a combined record of 28-2...2014 Pennsylvania Football News Lineman of the Year...First-team All-Philadelphia Catholic League in 2013 and 2014...Played in Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida...Rated four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked 13th-best offensive tackle in the nation and 129th overall prospect by ESPN...Rated among top five prospects in Pennsylvania by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
Full name is Ryan William Bates...Son of Norman Bates and Theresa Strocen-Bates...Has one sister, Anna...Enjoys playing basketball...Majoring in labor & employment relations...Born February 14, 1997 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.