Biography

CAREER: Extremely versatile athlete…Displays good quickness, size and power for a wide receiver…Former college quarterback is a tenacious down field blocker…Has break-away acceleration upfield and possesses the elusiveness to make initial tacklers miss…Very intelligent, with a great grasp of the playbook…Established CAREER-HIGHS in every major offensive category in 2005…Excelled and developed into the team’s primary punt returner in 2004, including a CAREER-HIGH 71-yard touchdown return vs. Arizona (10-10-04)…Played in only eight games in 2003 before being placed on injured reserve with toe injury.

ACQUIRED: Originally a sixth round (197th pick overall) draft choice by San Francisco in 2003.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2005:
• Played in 10 games, starting eight. Inactive for six contests due to knee injury.
• Set CAREER-HIGHS in receptions (32), yards (363) and touchdowns (3).
• Started and led team in receiving with five receptions for 59 yards and FIRST CAREER RECEIVING touchdown vs. St. Louis (9-11). Completed FIRST CAREER PASS, 24-yard connection in second quarter to Brandon Lloyd. Completed second career pass later in quarter with three-yard shovel pass to RB Frank Gore.
• Led team with 44 yards receiving from four receptions at Philadelphia (9-18).
• Tallied team-high six receptions for 68 yards, including 15-yard touchdown reception vs. Dallas (9-25).
• Led team in receiving with CAREER-HIGHS of 75 yards on seven receptions, along with 17-yard touchdown to bring 49ers within 11 points in final two minutes of game at Tennessee (11-27). Added two rushes for four yards, one a direct snap that he took nine yards to Tennessee one-yard line in second quarter.
• Returned to starting lineup at St. Louis (12-24) after missing three games with knee injury to lead team with four receptions for 37 yards, adding one rush for eight yards. His blocking on edge was key in 49ers 217-yard rushing day, team’s highest total since gaining 206 yards rushing at Philadelphia (12-31-03).
• Started and registered three catches for 52 yards vs. Houston (1-1-06) and served as team captain.

2004:
• Saw action in 14 games. Inactive for final two games of season with thigh injury.
• Returned CAREER-HIGH 31 punts for CAREER-HIGH 266 yards, including a CAREER-HIGH 71-yard touchdown return vs. Arizona (10-10).
• Registered CAREER-HIGH 13 kickoff returns for CAREER-HIGH 257 yards.
• Recorded CAREER-HIGH 16 special teams tackles.
• Had four punt returns for CAREER-HIGH 88 yards, including 71-yard touchdown return vs. Arizona (10-10). Also caught one pass for two yards and had one solo special teams tackle vs. Cardinals.
• Had two receptions for CAREER-HIGH 87 yards, including a 65-yard reception. Also returned one punt for six yards at New York Jets (10-17).
• Tied CAREER-HIGH with four punts for 33 yards, one kickoff for 12 yards and recovered one fumble on special teams vs. Seahawks (11-7).
• Returned two punts for 14 yards and three kickoffs for 75 yards vs. Carolina (11-14).
• Tied CAREER-HIGH with four punt returns for 34 yards and one kickoff for 17 yards at Arizona (12-12). Also caught one pass for 10 yards at Cardinals.

2003:
• Saw action in eight games before ending season on injured reserve with left toe injury
• Rushed twice for 14 yards on the season.
• Tallied eight tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams.
• Registered one special teams tackle and one fumble recovery on special teams at St. Louis (9-14).
• Had one fumble recovery on special teams vs. Cleveland (9-21-03).
• Rushed one time for nine yards and tallied two special teams tackles vs. Detroit (10-5).
• Returned a CAREER-HIGH four kickoffs for 72 yards, including long of 21 at Seattle (10-12). Added three special teams tackles and one carry for five yards.

COLLEGE:
• All-America honorable mention and All-Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report following senior season at Notre Dame.
• One of four players to win team’s Captain’s Award.
• Added academic honors while maintaining a 3.2 grade point average.
• Tallied 53 receptions for 742 yards (14.0 avg.) and five touchdowns, adding 314 yards and one touchdown on 62 carries in career.
• Saw time at quarterback and completed 30-of-69 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns.
• Started all year at flanker, leading team with 48 receptions for 702 yards (14.6 avg.) and five touchdowns as senior.
• Majored in sociology and computer applications.

PERSONAL:
• Born Arnaz Battle (2-22-80) in Dallas, TX.
• Prepped at C.E. Byrd (Shreveport, LA) High School.
• Parade All-America selection.
• Rated 39th best player nationally by The Sporting News and 52nd best player by Chicago Sun-Times.
• USA Today honorable mention All-America and third-team All-South quarterback by Fox Sports South.
• Finished high school career with 5,137 total yards and rushed for 49 career touchdowns while throwing for 28 more and scored one touchdown on kickoff return.
• Single. Resides in Dallas, TX.


7 Responses to “Biography”

  1. Arnaz,
    I hope the offseason is treating you well.

    I loved watching you play this year. I was worried about you in training camp because the papers said your knee was a concern. But once the season started, you look great. You were very sure-handed, great blocking, and ran very good routes for Alex.

    I am curious what you are doing for training this offseason. It is my personal belief that the offseason really sets you up for success during the regular season. Are you working on your strength, or agility, or routes? Also, do you get together with Alex to work on some things in the offseason?

    I am looking for a big year from you next year. I think you have the skills to get national recognition if you train hard, if Alex gets you the ball, and if we have weapons so the defense can’t gear up on you, especially on third down.

    Thanks for your time, and don’t let all those Dallas people say too many bad things about us down there.
    Matt

  2. Got a birthday coming up don’t you? Happy bday old one! We are all proud of you and your accomplishments, especially my Moms…she says hey by the way. It is VERY good to see that you are doing well, broken hand and all. I wish you all the best in life and keep ya’ head high! Take care and God bless.

  3. every year you get better just like in high school and college good luck and keep getting better

  4. Hawaii….and you know what I am talking bout!!!!!!

  5. Arnaz,
    Wow, it has been a long time. It is wonderful to see that after all of these years, you are still excelling. I pray that God’s will continue to be done in your life and that He continues to shower you with His blessings. Take care of you! Keep ya head up, Sir 🙂
    Crys-

  6. Arnaz,
    Congratulations on your career I know that this is only the beginning and you have a lot more in store. I know that you will have an unbelievable season. Continue to excel…you deserve it!

  7. Arnazm congratulation on your Acting Dubut. SHARKO will be a Oscar winning movie and you will be the star,football player in real life and on the Big Screen. Great success to you!

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