Notes: Lost his mother to multiple sclerosis in ninth grade. As a true freshman in 2006, rushed nine times for 43 yards (4.8-yard average) and a touchdown with six receptions for 41 yards (6.8) and zero touchdowns in six games before suffering a season-ending broken left ankle injury. A staph infection led to seven surgeries in eight months and he did not play in '07. Returned to play all 13 games in '08 (one start) and rush 113-758-7 (6.7) with 45-449-1 (10.0) receiving. Injured his left elbow in August '09, but started all 13 games and produced 168-884-14 (5.3) rushing with 57-395-1 (6.9) out of the backfield. Underwent surgery in April '10 to repair a sports hernia. In the fall, started 11-of-13 games and totaled 177-816-5 (4.6) with 32-226-3 (7.1) receiving.
Positives: Productive as a runner and receiver. Dependable catcher with soft hands out of the backfield - effective running screens and flaring out. Strong for his size. Is competitive and finishes runs.
Negatives: Has small hands, and durability is a concern given his injury history - ankle stability needs to be evaluated. Average speed - is not sudden or creative. Played in a pass-happy offense most of his career and carried 20 times in a game just twice.
Summary: An undersized, competitive back with good hands, Batch lacks elite top-end speed and is not a flashy playmaker. His hands and third-down ability will give him a chance to carve a niche.