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Taz Bateman
Player Profile:
Taz Bateman 2231340
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Inglewood, Calif.
High School: Junipero Serra/Long Beach City


AT GEORGIA STATE: Versatile skill player with speed and explosiveness but has been hampered by injuries ... Sat out the 2016 season after suffering a knee injury (torn ACL) on the first day of preseason camp ... Missed six games in 2015 with a broken arm ... Enrolled for the summer 2015 after one season at Long Beach City College ... Changed to jersey No. 8 after wearing No. 22 in 2015.

2015: Made an impact at running back in his first year with the program, despite missing six games due to injury ... Was off to a great start before suffering a broken arm in Game 2 vs. New Mexico State. Missed six games ... Finished the season with 270 yards rushing and 11 receptions for 118 yards ... Averaged 5.1 yards per carry ... Scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving.

Caught a 24-yard touchdown pass vs. Charlotte in his GSU debut. Totalled 100 all-purpose yards with nine rushes for 63 yards and three catches for 37 yards ... Made an immediate impact in his return vs. Texas State (Game 9), rushing for 51 yards on eight carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run ... Rushed for 52 yards on 10 attempts and caught two passes in win over Troy ... Had a season-long 45-yard reception in win over Georgia Southern.

JUNIOR COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 161.7 all-purpose yards per game in one season at Long Beach (Calif.) City College … Played running back and rushed for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 103.2 yards per game … Added 36 receptions for 452 yards and three scores … Also returned 16 punts for 130 yards, including one touchdown, and three kickoffs for 62 yards … Earned all-state honors for coach Brett Peabody ... Played at Junipero Serra High School, where he suffered an ankle injury as a senior in 2012 …Also attended Blair Academy prep school.

PERSONAL: Given name is Anterio DeAndre Bateman but goes by Taz ... Son of Tamara Latta ... Born April 30, 1995.

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