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
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
victory . . . led team with 107 rushing yards vs. Nebraska . . . played
every offensive snap in the first two games and was leading team in
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
Arizona State but did not throw a pass . . . quarterbacked last Irish
of game vs. Tennessee, completing four passes and throwing one
. . . played on fourth drive of game vs. Boston College . . .
Irish on three drives vs. Stanford . . . completed season-long 30-yard
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
off bench in second contest of season at Michigan State . . . saw first
varsity action on final series vs. Michigan State, throwing for 40 yards
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.
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
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
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
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 ||1||1||0||40||0
|Arizona State ||DNP|
|Boston College ||DNP|
|USC * ||19||7||2||94||0||7||25||0|
|1999 Gator Bowl |
|Georgia Tech ||DNP|
|Michigan State ||1||0||0||0||0||1||5||0|
|Arizona State ||0||0||0||0||0||5||3||0|
|Boston College ||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Texas A&M * ||16||10||0||133||2||12||50||0|
|Nebraska * ||15||3||1||40||0||14||107||0|
|Purdue||Injured - DNP |
|Michigan State ||Injured - DNP |
|Stanford||Injured - DNP |
|Navy||Injured - DNP |
|West Virginia ||Injured - DNP |
|Air Force ||Injured - DNP |
|Boston College ||Injured - DNP |
|Rutgers||Injured - DNP |
|USC||Injured - DNP |
|2001 Tostitos Fiesta
|Oregon State ||Injured -
|Texas A&M ||injured -DNP|
|West Virginia ||injured-DNP|