CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 9, vs. Kansas State (2011)
Tackles For Loss: 2, vs. Nevada (2011)
Interceptions: 1, at New Mexico (2011)
Fumbles Recovered: 1, vs. Texas State (2011)
* Indicates most recent high
2012 Played in 13 games (2 starts) with 34 tackles (27 solo, 7 assisted) with 2.0 tackles for a loss... ranked eighth on the team in total tackles... recorded at least one tackle in 12-of-13 games... notched 11 combined tackles in the final two games of the season - marked his most in back-to-back games... collected five tackles (one solo) against Minnesota (12/28) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium... made six tackles (five solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss of two against Baylor (11/24) at Cowboys Stadium... had one tackle (solo) at No. 24 Oklahoma State (11/17)... posted two tackles (both solo) with a tackle for a loss of one yards against Kansas (11/10)... had a tackle (solo) against No. 22 Texas (11/3)... had two tackles (one solo) at No. 21 TCU (10/20)... tallied five tackles (all solo) against No. 4 West Virginia (10/13)... had one tackle (solo) against No. 14 Oklahoma (10/6)... posted three tackles (two solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss at Iowa State (9/29)... tied for the team high with five tackles (all solo) against New Mexico (9/15)... had two tackles (both solo) at Texas State (9/8)... tallied one tackle (solo) in season opener against Northwestern State (9/1).
2011 Rivals.com Big 12 All-Freshman Team Defense... played in eight games (5 starts) and made 32 tackles (28 solo) with 4.0 tackles for a loss (loss of 7 yards) with one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... led all Tech freshmen in tackles (32) and solo tackles (28)... was the only Tech freshman with an interception... made one tackle (solo) against No. 18 Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (11/26)... made one tackle (solo) against No. 2 Oklahoma State (11/12)... led the team with nine tackles (all solo) with one tackle for a loss of two yards against No. 17 Kansas State (10/15)... recorded three tackles (all solo) against No. 24 Texas A&M (10/8)... forced a fumble and collected three tackles (all solo) at Kansas (10/1)... posted four tackles (all solo), including two for a loss of four yards against Nevada (9/24)... collected three tackles (all assisted) and intercepted - first career - Lobos quarterback Tarean Austin at the 2:10 mark in the first quarter at New Mexico (9/17)... made career debut starting at middle linebacker and finished second on the team with eight tackles (seven solo), including one tackle for a loss with one forced fumble and recovered a fumble in season opener against Texas State (9/3)... became the first Texas Tech true freshman to start season opener at linebacker since 2003 (Brock Stratton)... most tackles (8) by a Tech true freshman in a season opener in more than 11 years... eight tackles in season opener were the most by a freshman in the Big 12 Conference during Week 1 (no other freshman had more than 4)... only two true freshmen in the country had more tackles during Week 1.
HIGH SCHOOL Spanish Fort High School in Spanish Fort, Ala... three-star linebacker (Rivals.com) from Spanish Fort High School in Spanish Fort, Alabama ... No. 39 prospect in the state of Alabama ... PrepStar All-Southeast team ... selected to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game ... helped lead his high school to its first state championship with a win over Briarwood Christian ... in the championship game, he led the defense with seven tackles.
PERSONAL William Blake Dees... born August 29, 1992, in Spanish Fort, Ala... son of Jonathan and Donna Dees... has two older brothers, Josh and Kory... enjoys hunting and working out... majoring in exercise and sports sciences at Texas Tech.