2017: Started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... Led the team with 114 tackles and ranked third in the SEC with 9.5 tackles per game ... Led the SEC and was No. 13 nationally in solo tackles (70) ... First Rebel to reach 100 tackles since Patrick Willis did in 2006 ... First Rebel to lead team in tackles for three-straight years since Abdul Jackson accomplished the feat from 1992-94 ... Named to the Butkus Award Watch List (Best LB) ... vs. UT Martin (9/9/17): Leading tackler with nine total stops, including five solo ... vs. South Alabama (9/2/17): Posted two stops and one pass breakup ... at Cal (9/16/17): Tied his career high with 14 stops, including a career-best 11 solo tackles ... at No. 1 Alabama (9/30/17): Made eight tackles including five solo stops ... at No. 12 Auburn (10/7/17): Made four tackles including one TFL ... vs. Vandy (10/14/17): Leading tackler with 10 stops (six solo) including two sacks ... vs. No. 24 LSU (10/21/17): Second-leading tackler with 10 stops (5 solo) and 1.0 TFL ... vs. Arkansas (10/28/17): Had a career-high 15 tackles including 10 solo stops ... Also had 3.0 TFL and the first fumble recovery of his career against the Razorbacks ... at Kentucky (11/4/17): Had 14 tackles, his fourth-straight outing with double-digit stops, and fifth overall ... vs. Louisiana (11/11/17): Had four stops including one QBH ... vs. Texas A&M (11/18/17): Made 11 stops including 0.5 TFL and had one pass breakup ... at No. 14 Mississippi State (11/23/17): Led the team in tackles with 13 in Egg Bowl victory.
2016: Led the team in tackles (79) for the second straight year ... Ranked 10th among SEC players with 7.2 tackles/game ... Second on team with 4.0 sacks, tied for second with 5.5 TFLs ... Also recorded a pair of pass breakups and a forced fumble ... Played in 11 games with eight starts (three at Mike LB, five at Stinger LB) ... Did not play vs. Memphis ... Earned third letter ... vs. #4 Florida State (9/5/16): Started at Mike linebacker and tallied seven tackles (four solo) with his first two career sacks and a PBU ... vs. Wofford (9/10/16): Made six tackles (two solo) ... vs. #1 Alabama (9/17/16): Posted eight stops (two solo) and a QB hurry in start at Mike LB ... vs. #11 Georgia (9/24/16): Game-high nine tackles (four solo) and two QB hurries in start at Stinger LB ... at #22 Arkansas (10/15/16): Made seven tackles (three solo) with a sack and a PBU in start ... at #23 LSU (10/22/16): Registered seven tackles (five solo), including a sack for a 7-yard loss ... vs. #15 Auburn (10/29/16): Led the Rebels with nine tackles (seven solo), posting a TFL and a forced fumble ... vs. Georgia Southern (11/5/16): Totaled 11 tackles (four solo) with 0.5 TFL in start ... at #8 Texas A&M (11/12/16): Tallied six tackles (three solo) in start ... at Vanderbilt (11/19/16): Made five tackles (four solo) in start ... vs. Mississippi State (11/26/16): Recorded four tackles (one solo).
2015: Led team with 76 tackles, adding 2.0 TFLs, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles ... Helped Ole Miss rank top three among SEC teams in tackles for loss (8.1/game - 7th in NCAA), interceptions (15 - t23rd in NCAA) and takeaways (23 - t38th in NCAA) ... Played in every game with four starts at Stinger linebacker ... Earned second letter ... vs. UT Martin (9/5/15): Made four tackles (three solo) ... vs. Fresno State (9/12/15): Posted four stops (three solo) ... at #2 Alabama (9/19/15): Made four tackles (one solo) and had a QB hurry ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/26/15): Recorded six tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup ... at #23 Florida (10/3/15): Made four tackles (three solo), including his first career TFL ... vs. New Mexico State (10/10/15): Made one solo stop ... at #22 Memphis (10/17/15): Posted seven tackles (five solo) with a TFL and a pass breakup ... vs. #15 Texas A&M (10/24/15): Led the Rebels with six tackles (four solo) and added a QB hurry ... at Auburn (10/31/15): Posted five solo stops and broke up a pass in first career start ... vs. Arkansas (11/7/15): Recorded seven tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble ... vs. #15 LSU (11/21/15): Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after racking up a career-high 14 tackles (six solo) with a pass breakup and a QB hurry, in second career start ... at #21 Mississippi State (11/28/15): Tallied nine stops (six solo), a forced fumble and a QB hurry, in start ... Sugar Bowl vs. #16 Oklahoma State (1/1/16): Made five tackles (two solo) in start.
SPRING 2015: Led the blue team with five tackles and had a pass breakup in the Grove Bowl
2014: Played in every game on special teams and as a backup linebacker ... Totaled 13 tackles and a forced fumble ... Earned first letter ... vs. Boise State (8/28/14): Made one tackle in his Rebel debut, playing Mike linebacker and on special teams ... vs. UL-Lafayette (9/13/14): Posted two solo stops ... vs. Memphis (9/27/14): Made two tackles ... at #14 Texas A&M (10/11/14): Made one tackle ... vs. Tennessee (10/18/14): Made three tackles (two solo) and forced a fumble ... at #23 LSU (10/25/14): Assisted on a tackle ... vs. #3 Auburn (11/1/14): Posted a solo stop ... vs. Presbyterian (11/8/14): Made a solo stop ... Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. #6 TCU (12/31/14): Had one tackle ... Member of the 2014 signing class.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated as a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com ... Rivals.com lists him as the No. 19 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 14 prospect in Georgia ... Missed his senior season due to a torn ACL ... A preseason Class 6A All-State selection by GHSF Daily ... Recorded 132 tackles as a junior and was named All-Region ... A three-year varsity starter from his freshman through junior seasons ... Helped Lovejoy reach the Georgia 6A state championship game as a sophomore and junior ... Coached in high school by Al Hughes and Edgar Carson ... Also played basketball and ran track.
PERSONAL: Son of Christopher Gates ... Raised by aunt and uncle Tia and Leon Dillard ... Full name is DeMarquis Larenz Gates ... Born: March 7, 1996 ... Majoring in criminal justice with an emphasis in corrections.
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