NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS

Official Store



    22
    Deante Battle
    Deante Battle

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Fayetteville, Ga.

    High School:
    Starr's Mill

    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 180

    Position:
    CB

    Birthdate:
    05/09/1985



    General: Three-year starter at cornerback (2005-07) ... Started 31 career games ... Closed career with 184 tackles, three interceptions, 13 deflections and four forced fumbles.

    2007: Starting cornerback ... Recorded two tackles in win over Northeastern ... Registered seven tackles (four solos) and a key third-down pass breakup against Nevada ... Notched eight tackles (four solos) vs. Duke ... Totaled five tackles and a forced fumble at Ohio State ... Forced the fumble on OSU's second offensive play, but NU could not recover ... Credited with five solo tackles, including a TFL, vs. Michigan ... Delivered three tackles and a pass breakup at Michigan State ... Credited with eight tackles and a pair of pass breakups vs. Minnesota ... Seven tackles, including a TFL, and his season's first interception against Eastern Michigan ... Two tackles vs. Purdue ... Five tackles and a pass breakup vs. Iowa ... Two tackles vs. Indiana ... Season-high 10 tackles (five solos) vs. Illinois.

    2006: Starting cornerback ... Finished third on NU's tackle charts with 67 hits and second on team with 5 TFL's ... Registered two tackles and a pass breakup at Miami ... Notched five solo tackles vs. New Hampshire ... Turned in his season's top performance against Eastern Michigan: five tackles, two pass deflections and a 31-yard interception return that sealed NU's win ... Was responsible for six third-down stops vs. EMU ... Seven solo tackles, including a TFL, and a pass deflection at Nevada ... Seven tackles (five solos) at Penn State ... Six tackles at Wisconsin ... Season-high 10 tackles (career-best nine solo hits), which included a career-best 3 TFLs (one of them a sack), and a forced fumble vs. Purdue ... Five tackles, as well as a forced fumble, vs. Michigan State ... Four tackles at Michigan ... Equaled his season-high with 10 tackles (three solos), as well as a TFL and QB hurry at Iowa ... Credited with four tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup vs. Ohio State ... Two solo tackles vs. Illinois.

    2005: Started at cornerback for seven games (Northern Illinois, Arizona State, Purdue through Ohio State) ... One of three players in the secondary with 40-plus tackles (46) ... Registered a career-high 12-tackle game against Iowa (six solos) ... Also had two breakups vs. the Hawkeyes ... Finished with seven tackles (all solo hits) and his first career interception vs. Purdue ... Had been battling Cory Dious for the CB spot earlier in the year ... Notched three tackles and a breakup vs. Michigan State ... Made first collegiate start at cornerback vs. Northern Illinois ... Replaced the injured Herschel Henderson in the lineup ... Finished the contest with seven tackles (three solos) ... Also started against Arizona State and notched two tackles ... Had three solo tackles vs. Wisconsin ... Credited with five tackles vs. Michigan ... Six tackles at Ohio State ... Missed the Illinois and UCLA (Sun Bowl) games due to an academic-related issue.

    2004: Saw limited action ... Played mostly on special teams, notching seven tackles ... Had season-best two solo hits at Michigan.

    2003: Redshirted.

    High School: Hailing from one of Atlanta's top area programs, Battle was ranked 23rd nationally among cornerbacks on Rivals.com web site ... Ranked 16th nationally among corners by Insiders.com web site ... Tabbed an honorable mention all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal & Constitution and named one of its top 50 recruits ... First-team all-region cornerback ... Also played running back and earned second-team all-region 4-AAAAA honors ... A PrepStar/Rivals all-region and SuperPrep all-region honoree ... Defensively, totaled 41 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, four fumbles recovered, three forced fumbles, 15 pass deflections and one interception in 2002 ... As a running back, piled up 819 rushing yards (79 attempts, 10.4 ypc) and scored 14 touchdowns (second-leading scorer in region) ... Also had 267 receiving yards on 36 receptions ... Led the Panthers to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... Team made playoffs for the fourth year in just five years of varsity existence ... Team captain ... True Believers Prep Sports first-team all-state ... Chick-Fil-A first-team All-American ... Selected to play in the 2002 Georgia-Florida All-Star game at cornerback ... Georgia High School Football Magazine 2002 first-team all-state cornerback ... Four-year letterwinner ... Max Emfinger's "Blue Chips Magazine's Magnificent Seven" ... Mike Fitzpatrick Student Athlete of the Week ... Atlanta Touchdown Club "Back of the Week" ... Selected to and graduated with Honors from Georgia Boys State ... NAACP Academic Achievement Award, MIT Minority Engineering nominee, National Beta, National Ventures Scholar ... Active in numerous community service projects ... Graduated in December of 2002 with Honors and a College Prep Seal of Distinction ... Coached by Mike Earwood.

    Personal: Born Deante Naquae Battle on 5/9/85 ... Son of Johne and Amecia Battle ... Father was an all-conference receiver at Miles College ... Chose NU over Colorado, Notre Dame, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia ... Sociology major.

    Battle's Career Statistics

    TACKLES                G    UA     A Total    TFL-Yds    PD   FF   FR Blkd
    2004................  12     5     2     7    0.0-0       0    0    0    0
    2005................   9    27    19    46    0.0-0       4    0    0    0
    2006................  12    46    21    67    5.0-22      6    3    0    0
    2007................  12    36    28    64    2.0-4       6    1    0    0
    TOTAL...............  45   114    70   184    7.0-26     16    4    0    0
    

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2004................ 12 0 0 0.0 0 2005................ 9 0 0 0.0 0 2006................ 12 2 0 2.0 17 2007................ 12 1 0 1.0 2 TOTAL............... 45 3 0 3.0 19

    INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2004................ 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2005................ 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2006................ 12 1 31 0 31 31.0 2.6 2007................ 12 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.5 TOTAL............... 45 3 37 0 31 12.3 0.8

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2005................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2006................ 12 0 0 0 0 31 31 2.6 2007................ 12 0 0 0 0 6 6 0.5 TOTAL............... 45 0 0 0 0 37 37 0.8