2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Houston Most Outstanding Player
Heads into final season as a starter at I-back as spring camp approaches... Talented player who gives the Cougars a powerful presence in the offensive backfield... One of the toughest players to bring down... Also has improved receiving skills and has become a better blocker.
2005: Competed in all 12 games with starts against Sam Houston State, Memphis and Southern Miss... Second on the team with 408 rushing yards and five touchdowns... Led all Cougar backs with 32 rushing yards on only six carries in the season opener against Oregon... Finished with 49 yards on 13 carries and added a 2-yard touchdown run at Tulsa... Rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and added a 1-yard touchdown run against Tulane... Gave the Cougars an early lead with a 1-yard touchdown run against Memphis... Finished with 29 yards on nine carries to top the 1,000-yard milestone for his career against the Tigers... Led team with 81 rushing yards on 16 carries and added 3- and 2-yard touchdown runs at Mississippi State... Had eight yards rushing on three carries against Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl... 2004: 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... played in five games with one start... had only one-yard of negative running all season... gave the Cougars their first points of the game with a 3-yard touchdown plunge at No. 2 Oklahoma... tied for team lead with 19 rushing yards on six carries against Rice in the season opener...broke several tackles while rumbling to a 28-yard touchdown against Army in the Conference USA opener... finished with 49 yards on only eight carries against the Black Knights... led the Cougars with 64 rushing yards on 15 attempts at Memphis... was lost for the season after tearing a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand at Memphis... 2003: Tied for the team lead with nine rushing touchdowns and was second with 560 rushing yards... bulldozed his way to 47 yards on only four carries, and added a 17-yard touchdown in the Cougars' season-opening win against Rice... also added a tackle on special teams... rolled to 84 rushing yards on 15 carries and added touchdown runs of four and 12 yards at Louisiana-Lafayette... made his first collegiate start against the Ragin' Cajuns... rushed for 66 yards and a seven-yard touchdown run on 13 carries in a win against Mississippi State... finished as Cougars' second-leading rusher with 43 yards on 12 carries at East Carolina... rushed for 58 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run, on 13 carries at Tulane... rumbled for a 10-yard touchdown run and finished with 27 yards on only four carries against Conference USA rival and 15th-ranked TCU... also rushed for a two-point conversion against the Horned Frogs... ran for 44 yards on only seven carries against Southern Miss in UH's Homecoming... was named the 2003 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Houston Most Outstanding Player after rushing for a career-high 124 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against the Warriors... averaged 6.5 yards per carry against Hawai'i... 2002: Redshirted as a true freshman... High School: Named Player-of-the-Week three times at Humble High School... was selected the Team MVP... twice picked First-Team, All-District running back... helped lead the team into the UIL playoffs third round with a 10-3 record... named to Insiders.com Super-Team, All-State... ranked #38 RB in nation by Rivals.com... ran for 1,524 yards on 8.4 yards per carry, as well as 182 yards receiving and scored 20 TDs... ran the sprints in track... also recruited by Arizona, Syracuse and Texas A&M... Personal: Born October 1, 1983, in Houston, Texas... son of Acynthia Pettiford and Jack Battle of Humble, Texas... chose to attend Houston because it was close to home... majoring in sports administration.