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AS A SENIOR: Former Irish quarterback who returned to lineup for senior year as flanker after missing much of 2000 season with a broken wrist ... recorded first two career catches with two receptions for eight yards vs. Nebraska. . .had a 15-yard reception in the first quarter in starting effort vs. Michigan State before suffering a fractured fibula early in the second period that kept him out the next four games . . .returned to action against Boston College, making two catches for 17 yards. . . made a key third-down catch on the first Irish offensive series of the game vs. Boston College and a fourth-down catch on Notre Dame?s last possession of the game?attempted and completed only pass of the season, a 17-yarder to Carlyle Holiday vs. Stanford.

AS A JUNIOR: Began 2000 as top Irish signalcaller and started first two games of season before injury ended his year . . . fractured left navicular (wrist) on first play against Nebraska (though he played the entire game) and missed rest of season after having surgery Sept. 12 . . . made first career start vs. Texas A&M . . . was 10 of 16 for 133 yards with the first two touchdown passes of his career . . . threw nine yards to Joey Getherall to tie game 7-7, then hit Javin Hunter for 46 yards (his longest career completion) to put Irish ahead for good at 14-10 . . . also rushed 12 times for 50 yards vs. the Aggies . . . named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Player of the Game against A&M and Independent Player of the Week . . . became the 10th consecutive Irish quarterback making his first start in a season opener to lead Notre Dame to victory . . . led team with 107 rushing yards vs. Nebraska . . . played every offensive snap in the first two games and was leading team in passing and rushing yards at the time of his injury . . . led Irish backs in yards per carry (6.0) . . . should be able eventually to apply for additional season of eligibility.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish backup quarterback played in seven games in '99 . . . played 12 plays vs. Kansas, scoring final Irish touchdown on 74-yard run with 2:08 left in game . . . played first series in second period with Irish leading Kansas 20-0, with that march ending in blocked field goal after moving 45 yards . . . took over for Jarious Jackson midway through fourth period and first handoff went to Tony Fisher who scored from 46 yards out . . . also played final series vs. Kansas, leading Irish on five-play, 89-yard march that ended with his own 74-yard TD run (the longest Notre Dame play from scrimmage in '99) . . . his 75 yards on the ground against the Jayhawks marked a career high . . . played third series of Michigan State game, throwing incomplete on his only pass attempt . . . saw action in first series of second quarter vs. Oklahoma, completing first pass of season . . . quarterbacked Irish on two drives vs. Arizona State but did not throw a pass . . . quarterbacked last Irish drive of game vs. Tennessee, completing four passes and throwing one interception . . . played on fourth drive of game vs. Boston College . . . quarterbacked Irish on three drives vs. Stanford . . . completed season-long 30-yard pass to Jay Johnson in first quarter to the Stanford five-yard line, setting up Tony Fisher's touchdown to get Notre Dame on the scoreboard.

AS A FRESHMAN: Earned a monogram as rookie Irish quarterback in '98 . . . played in four games in '98, seeing action vs. Michigan State, Stanford, Baylor and USC . . . from same mold as Irish starter Jarious Jackson in terms of style of play . . . worked his way into top backup spot behind Jackson once he came off bench in second contest of season at Michigan State . . . saw first varsity action on final series vs. Michigan State, throwing for 40 yards to Joey Getherall, rushing four times for 22 yards, and leading Irish on 80-yard scoring march . . . his 40-yard throw marked longest Irish completion of the night and his 13-yard run marked longest Irish rushing gain of game . . . played briefly in final moments vs. Stanford . . . had 11-yard rushing gain vs. Baylor, then suffered sprained right shoulder and did not play vs. Boston College, Navy or LSU . . . did return to travel to the Navy game and dress vs. LSU though he did not play in either contest . . . came into regular-season finale vs. USC equipped to share time at quarterback with Eric Chappell . . . might have earned starting nod vs. USC except for injury in Baylor game that set him back . . . came off bench to enter USC game with 11:53 remaining in second period and played the rest of the way at quarterback, calling signals for the final 11 Irish possessions and 43 plays in all . . . completed seven of 19 throws vs. Trojans and rushed seven times for 25 yards, including season-long 14-yarder.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade prep All-American . . . rated 39th best player nationally by The Sporting News and 52nd best player by Chicago Sun-Times . . . rated one of top 100 players nationally by Dallas Morning News . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . USA Today honorable mention All-America pick . . . third-team All-South quarterback by Fox Sports South . . . earned three letters in football at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport . . . led Byrd to '97 state playoff berth despite playing on injured ankle late in the season . . . helped Byrd to 9-2 mark by completing 34 of 76 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing 107 times for 677 yards and 11 TDs in '97 . . . Shreveport MVP, all-district and honorable mention all-state as junior as team finished 10-0 . . . completed 35 of 73 passes as junior in '96 for 848 yards and 10 TDs - and rushed for 1,085 yards (14.7 per carry) and 17 TDs . . . accounted for 1,481 yards and 29 TDs (20 rushing) as sophomore . . . helped team to combined 27-6 record as three-year starter as Byrd won two district and conference championships (first time since 1935 for Byrd) . . . finished career with 5,137 total offense yards (2,406 passing) . . . rushed for 49 career TDs, threw for 28 and scored one on kickoff return . . . Joe Ferguson, Terry Bradshaw and Stan Humphries are among other top-rated quarterbacks who have come from Shreveport . . . earned two letters in basketball . . . full name is Arnaz Jerome Battle . . . older of two children . . . father Ronnie played football at North Texas, cousin Kevin Ollie played basketball at Connecticut . . . born 2-22-80 in Dallas . . . earned 3.0 grade-point average during '98 and '99 fall semesters - and a 3.5 during 2000 fall semester. . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, with a major in sociology.



Battle Game By Game

Michigan State 110400 4 220
Arizona State DNP
Boston College DNP
USC * 19729407250
1999 Gator Bowl
Georgia Tech DNP


Michigan State 10000150
Arizona State 00000530
Boston College 00000200


Texas A&M * 16100133212500
Nebraska * 1531400141070
PurdueInjured - DNP
Michigan State Injured - DNP
StanfordInjured - DNP
NavyInjured - DNP
West Virginia Injured - DNP
Air Force Injured - DNP
Boston College Injured - DNP
RutgersInjured - DNP
USCInjured - DNP
2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Oregon State Injured - DNP


*Mich. State11501-20
Texas A&M injured -DNP
Pittsburgh injured-DNP
West Virginia injured-DNP
USC injured-DNP
Boston Coll.2170000
* games started

Arnaz Battle
Arnaz  Battle

Shreveport, LA

High School:
C.E. Byrd

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 213



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