March 28, 2001
The Notre Dame football team opened spring practice Tuesday at the Loftus Sports Complex. Throughout the spring, www.und.com will follow the progress of senior flanker Arnaz Battle and senior linebacker Tyreo Harrison.
Battle, who is fully recovered from a wrist injury which caused him to miss the final 10 games of the 2000 season, is making the much publicized switch from quarterback to flanker this spring. He joins Irish senior receivers Javin Hunter and David Givens and sophomores Lorenzo Crawford, Omar Jenkins and Ronnie Rodamer in forming one of the strongest and deepest positions on the 2001 squad.
Harrison is charged with filling the gap left by the graduation of second-team All-American and co-captain Anthony Denman. Harrison, along with senior Rocky Boiman, will assume much of the leadership role left vacant by Denman, as well as help develop the younger talent at the linebacker position including juniors Courtney Watson, Patrick Ryan, and Justin Thomas and sophomores Jerome Collins and Derek Curry, Mike Goolsby and Jason Sapp.
The following is our initial conversation with Arnaz Battle including the recovery from his wrist injury and what adjustments he will need to make in switching from quarterback to flanker.
How is the recovery from your broken wrist coming along?
What is the biggest adjustment for you as a receiver rather than a quarterback?
Have you made the mental adjustment to the flanker position or is that an on-going thing?
What do expect out of spring practice?
"I also would like to develop myself as a starter. Right now, I think I am part of the three wide receiver set, and also running back some kicks on special teams. I need to keep learning and hopefully things will take care of themselves this fall."