Former Ole Miss football player DeMarquis Gates has made a name for himself in the new AAF and was recently named Defensive Player of the Week.
There is no doubt Ole Miss football fans love our former players and love seeing them perform well at the next level after their playing days in Oxford are over. With the new Alliance of America Football league we have seen some great former Ole Miss players hit the field again and none have made more of an impact than DeMarquis Gates. Gates with the Memphis Express (2-5) was named as the AAF Defensive Player of the Week with a dominating linebacker performance.
DeMarquis Gates has certainly made the most of his time in the new league with the Memphis Express and it really comes as no surprise to some of us. Rebels fans can easily remember the impact he made on the field in Oxford and it was expected he would do well in Memphis. However, nobody imagined he would have the same impact there he had at Ole Miss.
Gates This Spring
Ole Miss Rebels
So far the new spring football league has been a hit with most Ole Miss football fans. In the new AAF there is a former Ole Miss player who is turning out to be one of the best in the league. This season Gates has emerged as the best linebacker in the AAF leading the league as the best line-backer.
So far in the 2019 inaugural AAF season Gates has premiered at LB position with the Express. Gates in the new season leads the Alliance of American Football with 47 solo tackles. Gates has 65 total tackles with 4 forced fumbles and a blocked punt.
While at Ole Miss Gates finished out his Rebels career with 282 total with 163 solos. Gates had 17.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles with 1 recovery and 9 pass deflections. Gates is one of three Rebels players to lead the team in tackles three consecutive seasons in program history.
Ole Miss football fans will be able to see more from DeMarquis Gates and the Memphis Express this Saturday as the Express hosts the Orlando Apollos. Kickoff from Memphis is set for 1pm CT and the game will be aired on TNT. Hotty Toddy!