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Arnaz Battle


Height: 6-1

Weight: 217

Position: WR

College: Notre Dame

Drafted: Pick 24 of the 6th round by San Francisco
Analysis
Positives: Has an athletic frame with defined thighs and calves...Shows good quickness, size and power for his position...Consummate team player who made the adjustment to wide receiver from quarterback in 2001...Has a smooth release off the snap, showing good speed to escape the jam...Has break-away acceleration upfield and the elusiveness to make the initial tackler miss...Shows above average balance and an explosive burst out of his cuts, maintaining proper body control in his routes...Does a very nice job of eying the quarterback, coming back quickly for the underneath throws...Natural hands catcher who will extend, snatch and secure the ball away from the framework...Makes natural body adjustments when combating for the ball in traffic...Displays a natural lift and rise when attempting to get to the ball at its highest point...Very shifty running with the ball, showing good wiggle and shake to elude...Technique blocker who is particularly effective delivering the crack block at the second level...Shows quickness in his release and proper knee bend as he drops his weight out of his cuts...Very intelligent, with a great grasp of the playbook.
Negatives: Still learning the rudiments of the game, as he has only two seasons at the flanker position...Durability is a concern (especially right leg)...Will stalk and face up as a blocker, but has problems handling the edge rush (lack of power to wall off the defensive linemen)...While he possesses good speed, he still needs to learn how to get into his patterns quicker.
Career Notes
The former Irish quarterback has made steady progress in his two years as a flanker...Sat out most of the 2000 season with a broken wrist and then missed the bulk of the 2001 campaign with a fractured right fibula, but more than made up for lost time in his final year...Made 53 receptions for 742 yards (14.0 avg) and five touchdowns, adding 314 yards and a score on 62 carries (5.1 avg) and 438 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 30 of 69 passes (43.5%) in 32 games for the Irish.
2002 Season

All-American honorable mention and All-Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...One of four players to win the team's Captains' Award...Westwood One/State Farm Insurance Student-Athlete of the Year Award recipient...Added academic honors while maintaining a 3.22 grade point average in Sociology and Computer Applications...Started all year at flanker, leading the team with 48 receptions (fifth-best season total in school history) for 702 yards (14.6 avg) and five touchdowns...Completed one of two passes for 30 yards and carried once for a 4-yard loss...Returned 16 kickoffs for 335 yards (20.9 avg) and two punts for 12 yards (6.0 avg)... Averaged 87.1 all-purpose yards per game.


Maryland...Began the season with 4 catches for 68 yards.
Purdue...Did not have any receptions, but returned 3 kickoffs for 89 yards.
Michigan...Turned the ball over on a fumble, rushed once for a 5-yard gain and had 3 kick- off returns for 49 yards.
Michigan State...Snared 3 passes for 78 yards and a 60-yard touchdown, tossed a 30-yard pass to QB Carlyle Holiday and gained 66 yards on 3 kickoff returns.
Pittsburgh...Caught a career-high 10 passes for 101 yards and an 11-yard touchdown...His 10 grabs rank fourth on the school's game-record list.
Air Force...Followed with 8 catches for 112 yards...His 18 receptions in consecutive games were the most by an Irish receiver since Tom Gatewood hauled in 21 passes in wins vs. Purdue and Michigan in 1970.
Florida State...Gained 77 yards on 3 catches, including a 65-yard score.
Boston College...Made 6 catches for 86 yards.
Rutgers...Became the first Irish receiver since 2000 (Joey Getherall vs. Air Force) to have a pair of touchdown catches in a game, finishing with 3 grabs for 108 yards.
Southern California...Returned 4 kickoffs for 82 yards.
2001 Season

Played in seven games, starting vs. Michigan State, Navy and Purdue at flanker...Finished with five receptions for 40 yards (8.0 avg)...Completed his only pass attempt for 17 yards and rushed three times for 8 yards (2.7 avg)...Also recorded a solo tackle.


Nebraska...Had a pair of catches for 8 yards.
Michigan State...Followed with a 15-yard grab before suffering a fractured right fibula early in the second period that kept him out the next four games.
Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Southern California...Did not play (leg).
Boston College...Returned to action, making 2 catches for 17 yards...Had a key third-down catch on the first Irish offensive series of the game and a fourth-down catch on Notre Dame's last possession of the game.
Stanford...Completed his only pass attempt of the season, a 17-yarder to Carlyle Holiday.
2000 Season

Began the year as the team's quarterback and started the first two games before a fractured left navicular (wrist) on the first play against Nebraska (though he played the entire game) forced him to miss the rest of season after having surgery September 12th... Completed 13 of 31 passes (41.9%) for 173 yards and two touchdowns...Carried 26 times for 157 yards (6.0 avg).


Texas A&M...Was 10 of 16 for 133 yards with the first two touchdown passes of his career...Threw a 9-yarder to Joey Getherall to tie the game at 7-7, then hit Javin Hunter for 46 yards (his longest career completion) to put the Irish ahead for good at 14-10...Also rushed 12 times for 50 yards, earning NBC Sports/Chevrolet Player of the Game andCollegefootballnews.com Independent Player of the Week honors.
Nebraska...Threw for 40 yards on 3 of 15 tries and gained 107 yards on 14 carries before injuring his wrist.
1999 Season

Served as the Irish's backup quarterback, playing in seven games...Completed 7 of 15 passes (46.7%) for 84 yards and rushed 19 times for 100 yards (5.3 avg) and a touchdown.


Kansas...Capped a five-play, 89-yard drive with a 74-yard run for a touchdown.
Tennessee...Hit on 4 of 6 passes for 43 yards.
Stanford...Completed 2 of 3 tosses for 35 yards and rushed 6 times for 21 yards.
1998 Season

Saw action as a reserve quarterback vs. Michigan State, Stanford, Baylor and Southern California...Gained 134 yards on 8 of 20 passes (40.0%) and 53 yards on 13 carries (4.1 avg).


Michigan State...Made his college debut with a 40-yard pass completion, adding 22 yards on 4 runs.
Southern California...Threw for 94 yards on 2 of 7 tosses and ran 7 times for 25 yards.
Injury Report
Missed nine games in 2000 after suffering a right wrist fracture on the first play of the Nebraska contest...Sat out four games in 2001 due to a right fibula fracture suffered in the Michigan State clash.
Campus Agility Tests
4.48 in the 40-yard dash...33.5-inch vertical jump...9'9" broad jump...300-pound bench press...31 1/4-inch arm length...9 1/4-inch hands...Right-handed...17/26 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

30 3/4 9 21 4.57 2.74 1.63 35 9'9" 4.06 6.74


High School
Parade All-American selection and rated the 39th-best player nationally by The Sporting News and 52nd-best player by the Chicago Sun-Times at C.E. Byrd (Shreveport, La.) High... Rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News, named to the Super Southern 100 list by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today honorable mention All-American and third-team All-South quarterback by Fox Sports South...Earned three letters in football, leading Byrd to the 1997 state playoff berth despite playing on an injured ankle late in the season...Helped Byrd to a 9-2 mark by completing 34 of 76 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 107 times for 677 yards and 11 scores in '97...Named Shreveport MVP, All-District and honorable mention All-State as a junior as the team finished 10-0...Completed 35 of 73 passes as junior in '96 for 848 yards and 10 touch-downs, and rushed for 1085 yards (14.7 avg) and 17 scores...Accounted for 1481 yards and 29 TDs (20 rushing) as a sophomore...Helped the team to a combined 27-6 record as a three-year starter as Byrd won two district and conference championships (first time since 1935 for Byrd)...Finished his career with 5137 total offense yards (2,406 passing) and rushed for 49 career touchdowns while throwing for 28 more and scored one on a kickoff return...Earned two letters in basketball.
Personal
Sociology and Computer Applications major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters... Earned school academic honors with a 3.22 grade point average...Earned a 3.0 grade point average during the '98 and '99 fall semesters and a 3.5 GPA during the 2000 fall semester...Father, Ronnie, played football at North Texas...Cousin, Kevin Ollie, played basketball at Connecticut...Born Arnaz Jerome Battle on 2/22/80 in Dallas, Texas...Resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.
PASSING STATISTICS
YEAR ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD YD/ATT YD/CMP INT I/PCT LG GM/AVG

1998 20 8 40.0 134 0 6.70 16.75 2 10.00 40 33.50

1999 15 7 46.7 84 0 5.60 12.00 1 6.67 30 12.00

2000 31 13 41.9 173 2 5.58 13.31 1 3.23 46 81.50

2001 1 1 100.0 17 0 17.00 17.00 0 0.00 17 17.00

2002 2 1 50.0 30 0 15.00 30.00 1 50.00 30 15.00

TOTAL 69 30 43.5 438 2 6.35 14.6 5 7.25 40 27.38
NOTE: GM/AVG reflects 16 games played behind center.
RUSHING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG

1998 04 00 13 53 4.1 0 14

1999 07 00 19 100 5.3 1 74

2000 02 02 26 157 6.0 0 44

2001 07 03 3 8 2.7 0 17

2002 12 12 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4

TOTAL 32 17 62 314 5.1 1 74
RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG

2001 07 03 5 40 8.0 0 15 0.71 5.71

2002 12 12 48 702 14.6 5 65 4.00 58.50

TOTAL 19 15 53 742 14.0 5 65 2.79 39.05


PUNT RETURNS KICKOFF RETURNS

YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG

2002 2 12 6.0 0 10 16 335 20.9 0 34


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