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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 Collegefootballnews.com 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.

G-GSPAPCInt.Pct.Yds.TDLG
19984-02082.400134040
19997-01571.46784030
20002-231131.419173246
20017-31101.00017017
TOTAL20-567294.453408246

TCYds.Avg.TDLGRec.Yds.TDLG
199813534.10140000
1999191005.31740000
2000261576.00440000
2001382.7017540015
TOTAL613185.2174540015

Battle Game By Game
1998

GamePAPCInt.Yds.TDTCYds.TD
MichiganDNP
Michigan State 110400 4 220
PurdueDNP
Stanford00000000
Arizona State DNP
ArmyDNP
Baylor00000260
Boston College DNP
NavyDNP
LSUDNP
USC * 19729407250
1999 Gator Bowl
Georgia Tech DNP

1999

GamePAPCInt.Yds.TDTCYds.TD
Kansas300002751
MichiganDNP
PurdueDNP
Michigan State 10000150
Oklahoma21060000
Arizona State 00000530
USCDNP
NavyDNP
Tennessee6414303-40
PittsburghDNP
Boston College 00000200
Stanford3203506210

2000

GamePAPCInt.Yds.TDTCYds.TD
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

2001

GameRec.Yds.TDTCYdsTD
Nebraska280000
*Mich. State11501-20
Texas A&M injured -DNP
Pittsburgh injured-DNP
West Virginia injured-DNP
USC injured-DNP
Boston Coll.2170000
Tennessee0001170
*Navy0001-70
Stanford000000
*Purdue000000
* games started

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Arnaz Battle
Arnaz  Battle

Hometown:
Shreveport, LA

High School:
C.E. Byrd

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 213

Position:
Flanker

Birthdate:
02/22/1980

Event Calendar

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September 4
TBA
Texas
Austin, Texas

TBA
September 10
TBA
Nevada
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 17
TBA
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 24
TBA
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 1
TBA
Syracuse
East Rutherford, N.J.(MetLife Stadium)

TBA
October 8
TBA
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.

TBA
October 15
TBA
Stanford
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 29
TBA
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 5
11:30 AM
Navy
Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field)

CBS
November 12
TBA
Army
San Antonio, Texas(Alamodome)

NBC
November 19
TBA
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
November 26
TBA
USC
Los Angeles, Calif.

TBA

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