2011: Will compete for playing time for The Union after redshirting his first season at Nevada in 2010.
2010: Joined the team as a true freshman and redshirted his first season at Nevada.
A graduate of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. ... Was a three-year letterwinner for coach Pete Duffy.
Born Avery Orlando Poates on Nov. 12, 1992 ... Son of Avery Poates Sr. and Melanie Ruffin ... Has three older brothers: Dwayne, Donte and DeAndre ... Chose Nevada over UTEP, San Diego State and New Mexico because of the academics and success of the football program ... Has not decided on a major but wants to be a sports agent.