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Jackie Battle

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 235 | College: Houston
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One of the more unheralded athletes in the collegiate ranks, Battle made opponents notice his brute strength and explosive quickness as a senior. Injuries prevented Battle from performing like he did as a freshman until his final year, but he made up for lost time, as he accounted for more than half of the team's 29 touchdowns on the ground (15). He was a main reason the Cougars led the Conference USA in scoring (33.0 ppg), most first downs rushing (138) and converted 50 of 57 drives inside the red zone for scores.

The speedy tailback was a team MVP and two-time All-District selection at Humble High School. He was an All-State Super Team pick by Insiders.com and rated the 38th-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com.

As a senior, he rushed for 1,524 yards on 8.4 yards per carry, adding 182 yards receiving and 20 total touchdowns scored. He was a three-time district Player of the Week choice as a senior, as he helped the team compile a 10-3 record and reach the third round of the UIL playoffs his final year. He also ran the sprints in track.

Battle enrolled at Houston in 2002, turning down scholarship offers from Arizona, Syracuse and Texas A&M. He was granted a medical hardship in 2002 due to left knee surgery, missing valuable playing time on the scout team.

In 2003, Battle started four of 11 games at tailback. He piled up 560 yards with nine touchdowns on 102 carries (5.5 avg) and was tackled behind the line of scrimmage only two times. He also had a 10-yard kickoff return and three catches for 27 yards, earning Game MVP honors at the Hawaii Bowl.

A torn tendon in his finger cost Battle the final five games of the 2004 season. He was also bothered by a high left ankle sprain and was limited to five appearances, including one start for the year. He closed out his sophomore campaign with 209 yards and a pair of scores on 49 carries (4.3 avg). He also made three tackles and returned two kickoffs for 29 yards.

Despite starting just three games in 2005, Battle finished second on the team with 106 rushing attempts for 408 yards (3.8 avg) and five touchdowns. He was stopped for a loss on just one carry and had one catch for five yards. With seven starting assignments in 2006, Battle produced 943 yards on 184 attempts (5.1 avg), including 15 touchdowns, as opposing defenses could stop him just twice behind the line of scrimmage.

In 41 games at Houston, Battle started 15 times. He carried 441 times for 2,120 yards (4.8 avg), and was tackled behind the line of scrimmage only six times for his career. He set the school all-time record with 29 rushing touchdowns and caught six passes for 45 yards (7.5 avg). He scored 188 points and totaled 39 yards on three kickoff returns (13.0 avg), and also recorded three tackles.


Positives: Has a well-developed frame with very thick legs, knotted calves, good upper body thickness with room to carry additional bulk, long arms and loose hips … Has had weight problems in the past, but showed renewed dedication to the training room before the 2006 season, evident by his stellar senior performance on the field … More of a north-south runner despite his quickness, but shows good explosion running between the tackles … Has very good strength and balance running through tight areas and shows the power to push the pile and gain valid yardage after the initial tackle due to his forward body lean … Unlike most taller backs, he is capable of sinking his pads and his low center of gravity allows him to consistently break single tackles … Dangerous inside runner with the stutter-step moves to break it open taking the ball up the middle … Durable workhorse with sturdy legs and exceptional upper body power … Reads the holes well and has the balance and ability to lower his shoulders, initiate contact and pump his feet to continue his forward charge … Moves suddenly on the ball's snap and shows no hesitation attacking the line of scrimmage … Runs with good leverage throughout the hole (only taken down six times behind the line of scrimmage on 441 carries) and has the feet to pick and slide through traffic … Shows no indecisiveness taking the ball through even the smallest of creases and is always moving forward rather than trying to dance through the holes … Runs with a short, choppy stride, but has adequate vision to accelerate when running between the tackles … Has the raw strength to break arm tackles, and defenders will have to execute a strong wrap-up technique to bring him down in isolated coverage … There is not much wiggle in his run, but he is an efficient linear runner with one good cut in him … Has quickness to bounce, but is more effective in a straight-line charge rather than taking to the ball to the outside … Does a good job of protecting the ball, as he runs hard and keeps the ball close to his body … Uses his blocks well and has the feet to put on that extra gear in the open … Tough face-up type of blocker who squares up with good strength and active hands to lock on and steer the opponent away from the pocket … Has more than enough strength to power his way up the middle … Has quick feet and efficient head-and-shoulder fakes to elude some second-level defenders … Constantly driving forward with his legs to gain extra yardage after initial contact … Makes sharp inside cuts and has that extra gear to vary his speed through the holes … Strong tackle breaker with the strength to punish opponents when trying to move the pile.

Negatives: Not an effective pass catcher, tending to let the ball absorb into his body rather than extend … Takes too many unnecessary hits running along the perimeter, as he tends to get high in his pads when asked to bounce outside (runs with a good pad level inside, but gathers himself for the cutback and lacks creativity when he gets caught in traffic) … More of a one-cut runner, lacking the loose hips to accelerate instantly off the edge … Marginal route runner who struggles to locate the ball over his outside shoulder and will let the ball into his body too often on short patterns … Best when operating as a straight-ahead power runner, as he lacks the vision you need when running in space and into the second level … Has great lower body strength, but needs to add more power to his upper body … Not much wiggle in his run, and even when running full speed it is rare to see him execute a variety of cut moves … Has had an array of minor injuries that bring up some durability issues (needs to play through pain better).

Compares To: TRAVIS HENRY-Denver … Battle is a physical one-cut runner with excellent initial quickness. Like Henry, he gets most of his yardage by breaking tackles, and after being stopped just six times for losses on 441 carries it is evident that he is a load to bring down, especially in isolated coverage. He lacks hip snap to be effective bouncing outside and lacks the natural hands to even be marginal as a receiver, but with his athletic ability and work ethic he'll make a nice change-of-pace back while adding value to the short yardage and goal-line units.

Career Notes

Rushed for 29 touchdowns during his career, breaking the previous school all-time record of 28 by Ketric Sanford (1996-99) … His 441 carries rank 10th and his 2,120 rushing yards rank 11th in Houston history … His 15 touchdowns rushing in 2006 broke the old school single-season record of 14 scores by Antowain Smith in 1996 and rank second on the school's overall touchdown record chart behind Manny Hazard (22 in 1989).

2006 Season

All-Conference USA first-team and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Played in thirteen games, starting vs. Rice, Grambling State, Oklahoma State, Miami, Southern Mississippi, Memphis and South Carolina at tailback, sitting out the Tulane clash with a hip strain. Ranked second on the team with 184 carries for 943 yards (5.1 avg), as he set a school season-record with fifteen touchdowns … Was tackled behind the line of scrimmage twice for losses of 13 yards … Accounted for 90 points, as he also caught two passes for 13 yards (6.5 avg) … Helped the offense average 33.0 points per game and his success inside the red zone saw the team score 50-of-57 times (87.7%) in that area … Finished seventh in the conference with an average of 72.5 yards per game rushing.

2006 Game Analysis

Rice … Battle rushed the ball 14 times for 74 yards (5.3 avg) and one touchdown in Houston's 31-30 win … With 2:25 remaining in the first quarter, the running back capped a nine-play, 93-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run … Battle's longest run of the day covered 17 yards.

Tulane … Did not play due to a hip strain.

Grambling State … Battle had eight carries for 40 yards and three touchdowns … The running back finished a 13-play, 74 yard drive in the first quarter (3:03) with an 8-yard run … At the 9:48 mark in the second quarter, Battle found the end zone on a 3-yard run, completing an eight-play, 80-yard offensive march … His last touchdown of the game, a 1-yard plunged into the end zone just before the end of the first half, completed a six-play, 62-yard drive … Battle's longest rush of the day was 10 yards.

Oklahoma State … Battle broke the century mark vs. OSU, rushing for 108 yards on 23 carries (4.7 avg) … His longest run of the afternoon was 17 yards.

Miami (Fla.) … The Cougars tailback carried the ball nine times for 43 yards, including a long run of 13 yards … Battle also grabbed one pass for 9 yards.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Less than six minutes into the game, Battle found the end zone from the 2-yard line as part of his seven-carry, 37-yard performance … The touchdown capped a three-play, 59-yard drive … Battle's longest rush of the day was 13 yards.

Southern Mississippi … Battle gained only 39 yards on his 13 carries, but two of those rushes were good for touchdowns … With 7:38 remaining in the first quarter, the Houston tailback found the end zone from the 5-yard line, capping a six-play, 81-yard drive … His second touchdown was a 1-yard plunge with 1:49 left in the third quarter … Battle's longest carry covered 9 yards.

Texas-El Paso … Battle had 13 rushes for 42 yards, including a long of 15 yards, in Houston's 34-17 win over UTEP.

Central Florida … Battle had a big day vs. the Golden Knights, scoring three touchdowns as part of his 14-carry, 70-yard performance … Battle capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a 7-yard run at the top of the third quarter … In the second half of the fourth quarter, the tailback registered touch-downs of 4 and 1 yard(s) … His longest rush of the game measured 18 yards.

Tulsa … The Houston running back rushed the ball 18 times for 75 yards and one touchdown, including a long run of 20 yards, in the Cougars' 27-10 victory over Tulsa … Battle's 1-yard touch-down run came at the 9:39 mark in the third quarter, capping a 10-play, 83-yard drive … He also caught one pass for 4 yards.

Southern Methodist … Battle had a big rushing day vs. SMU, carrying the ball 15 times for 136 yards (9.1 avg.) and one touchdown … His longest rush of the day was his 61-yard touchdown that came at the 4:05 mark in the fourth quarter.

Memphis … Battle broke the century mark for the second straight game, totaling 137 yards on 22 carries (6.2 avg.), including a long of 27 yards, in Houston's 23-20 win.

Southern Mississippi (Conference USA Championship Game) … The Cougars tailback totaled 57 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries vs. Southern Miss … With 10:01 remaining in the second quarter, Battle scored his touchdown from the 6-yard line, capping a 15-play, 93-yard drive … His longest rush of the day measure 12 yards.

South Carolina (Liberty Bowl) … Battle finished the 2006 season with 85 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries (7.7 avg.) … His first touchdown, a 42-yarder and his longest rush of the game, came at the 2:09 mark in the second quarter and completed a three-play, 50-yard drive … His second score, a 3-yard run, came with less than six minutes remaining in the ballgame and capped a six-play, 55-yard drive.

2005 Season

Battle appeared in all twelve games, earning starting assignments vs. Sam Houston State, Memphis and Southern Mississippi … Finished second on the team with 408 yards and five touch-downs on 106 carries (3.8 avg) and was held to negative yardage on just one rushing attempt for a loss of 7 yards … Scored 30 points and had a 5-yard reception.

2005 Game Analysis

Led all Cougar backs with 32 yards on only six carries in the season opener vs. Oregon … Finished with 49 yards on 13 carries and added a 2-yard touchdown run vs. Tulsa … Rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and added a 1-yard touchdown run vs. Tulane … Gave the Cougars an early lead with a 1-yard touchdown run vs. Memphis, as he totaled 29 yards on nine carries to top the 1,000-yard milestone for his career vs. the Tigers … Led the team with 81 yards on 16 carries and added 3- & 2-yard touchdown runs vs. Mississippi State … Had eight yards rushing on three carries vs. Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl.

2004 Season

Missed the last five games of the year with a torn tendon in his finger which required season-ending surgery … Still rushed for 209 yards on 49 carries (4.3 avg) and a pair of touchdowns … Had two kickoff returns for 29 yards (14.5 avg) and recorded three tackles in five games.

2004 Game Analysis

Gave the Cougars their first points of the game with a 3-yard touchdown plunge vs. Oklahoma … Tied for the team lead with 19 rushing yards on six carries vs. Rice … Broke several tackles while rumbling to a 28-yard touchdown vs. Army in the Conference USA opener, finishing with 49 yards on only eight carries vs. the Black Knights … Led the Cougars with 64 rushing yards on 15 attempts at Memphis, but was lost for the season after tearing a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand.

2003 Season

Played in eleven games, starting four contests … Rushed 102 times for 560 yards (5.5 avg) and nine touchdowns, as he was tackled just twice behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 7 yards … Had three receptions for 27 yards (9.0 avg) and returned a kickoff 10 yards … Named Offensive Most Outstanding Player of the Hawaii Bowl.

2003 Game Analysis

Bulldozed his way to 47 yards on only four carries, and added a 17-yard touchdown in the Cougars' season-opening win vs. Rice and also added a tackle on special teams … Rolled to 84 rushing yards on 15 carries and added touchdown runs of four and 12 yards vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, making his first collegiate start vs. the Ragin' Cajuns … Rushed for 66 yards and a seven-yard touchdown run on 13 carries in a win vs. Mississippi State … Finished as the Cougars' second-leading rusher with 43 yards on 12 carries vs. East Carolina … Rushed for 58 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run, on 13 carries vs. Tulane … Rumbled for a 10-yard touchdown run and finished with 27 yards on only four carries vs. Texas Christian and also rushed for a two-point conversion vs. the Horned Frogs … Ran for 44 yards on only seven attempts in the Southern Mississippi clash … Named the 2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Houston Most Outstanding Player after rushing for a season-high 124 yards and three touchdowns on 19 tries (6.5 avg) vs. Hawaii.

2002 Season

Granted a medical hardship.

Injury Report

2002: Sat out the season after undergoing left knee meniscus surgery in early September.

2003: Bothered at midseason with a high left ankle sprain that forced him to miss the Army and Louisville games.

2004: Sat out the Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian, Tulane, East Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham games after suffering a torn tendon in two fingers on his left hand vs. Memphis.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.42 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times … 10.79 60-yard shuttle … 6.51 three-cone drill … 41-inch vertical jump … 10'11" broad jump … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/34 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Humble (Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Neil Quillen … Team MVP and two-time All-District selection … All-State Super Team pick by Insiders.com and rated the 38th-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com … As a senior, he rushed for 1,524 yards on 8.4 yards per carry, as well as 182 yards receiving and 20 total touchdowns scored … Three-time district Player of the Week choice as a senior, as he helped the team compile a 10-3 record and reach the third round of the UIL playoffs his final season … Also ran the sprints in track.


Sports Administration major … Son of Acynthia Pettiford and Jack Battle … Born 10/01/83 in Houston, Texas … Resides in Humble, Texas.


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