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February 16, 2005 - WHEELING, WV – The Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the United Indoor Football Association are proud to announce the signing of running back Wesley Cates (6-0, 225, California PA).

Wesley comes to the Greyhounds after a stellar season in 2004 with the Tri-City Diesel, carrying the ball 239 times for 1014 yards (second in the league only to Rayshawn Askew). Cates found the end zone 31 times on the ground, averaging 4.2 yards per tote and 72.4 yards per contest. Wes also caught 33 passes out of the backfield, good for 2nd on the Diesel’s locomotive offense. The Columbus, Ohio native collected 297 yards receiving and three scores through the air. His 113 all-purpose yards per game were fifth in the league, and his 204 points on the season were good enough for second among his indoor peers. Cates was named to the All-Pacific South team as well last season.

The college gridiron was where Cates first blossomed, tearing up the turf for California University in Pennsylvania. Wesley rushed for 5,647 yards in his career, tops on the school’s all-time rushing list. His 64 career TDs are also the highest amount of scores at Cal PA., more than double the next closest player on the scoring list. Wesley’s rushing seasons in 1999, 2000, and 2001 are ranked 1st, 4th, and 3rd on California’s single-season rushing list, respectively, and all three seasons Wes was atop the rushing category in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Cates rushed for 150-plus yards 16 times; 200-plus yards 9 times; and 250-plus yards in 4 different games, including a career-high 307 yards and five visits to the end zone vs. Cheyney in 2001.

Cates also garnered many accolades while running wild for the Vulcans from 1998 to 2001. Wes was a First-Team All-Northeast Region Division II selection in 2000 and 2001 as well as a Second-Team nod in 1999. He was a three-time member of the PSAC All-West First Team, and he was selected as the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Year in 2001. Daktronics also named the tailback a Second-Team All-American in 2000 and 2001. Wes was a finalist for the Harlan Hill Award in 2001, given to the most outstanding player in Division II.

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