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Bates and Gonzalez named co-presidents of Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter
Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Freshman Team by BTN.com...Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. Nebraska (11/18).
Season: Appeared in all 13 games with nine starts...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2) on special teams...Made his first career start vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017...Joins Ryan Buchholz, Shareef Miller and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017.
Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Appeared on both special teams and offense. Pittsburgh (9/9): Appeared on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career start at left guard...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. 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. at Michigan State (11/4): Helped the offense post 466 yards of total offense, including 401 yards passing...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 381 yards passing and three touchdowns...Blocked for Saquon Barkley's game-high 63 rushing yards...Helped Penn State sustain a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive - its longest in terms of yards and tied for the longest in terms of plays in 2017. Rutgers (11/11): Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 16-of-21 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns...Blocked for a pair of Saquon Barkley rushing scores and one McSorley touchdown scamper. Nebraska (11/18): Helped the offense pile up 609 yards of total offense, its most since 1995 vs. Rutgers (661) and the third-most in a Big Ten game...Paved the way for 32 first downs, the fourth-most in Penn State's Big Ten history and most since gaining 35 first downs vs. Minnesota in 2005...Protected Trace McSorley in his ninth-career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns...Opened lanes for Saquon Barkley's 158-yard, three-touchdown contest. at Maryland (11/25): Paved the way for a Penn State Big Ten-record 66 points, besting the 63 points scored against Ohio State (1994) and Illinois (2005)...Blocked for Trace McSorley's 21st career 200-yard passing game, as McSorley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns...Helped three players rush for touchdowns, including three from Tommy Stevens, two by Saquon Barkley and one for McSorley...Cleared the way for Stevens' first career 100-yard rushing game, with 113 yards on the ground. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State's offense to the 23rd-straight game with at least 20 points, which is a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley's 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns.
➤ 2016 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Three-year letterman for head coach Erik Rosenmeier at Cranford High School...Team captain as a senior...Helped lead the Cougars to the Mid-State 38 Conference Championship in 2014 and North 2 Group 3 State Championship in 2015...Played on both the offensive and defensive lines...Selected to the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout...Ranked No. 17 at offensive guard and No. 9 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals...Ranked as the No. 38 offensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in state and No. 52 in region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 41 offensive tackle and No. 11 in New Jersey by 247Sports...Ranked No. 47 at offensive guard overall, seventh in the East and second in New Jersey by Scout...Also a four-year letterman for the track and field team in the shot put and discus and a one-year letterman in basketball...Academic Honor Roll all four years.
Full name is William Connor Fries...Son of Harold and Maureen Fries...Has two sisters, Mallory and Kristen, and a brother, Matthew...Hobbies include fishing and working out...Plans on majoring in finance...Born April 4, 1998 in Staten Island, New York.