LSU Football BIO
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John Battle
Player Profile:
John Battle 1807439
Position: Safety
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 202 lbs.
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Hallandale, Fla.
High School: Hallandale HS
Major: Sport Administration
Born: 08/21/1995

One of the veterans in the secondary for the Tigers in 2016 ... Took over as a starter at free safety six games into the 2016 when Rickey Jefferson went down with a season-ending injury ... LSU didn’t miss a beat as the Tigers went 5-2 with Battle in the lineup ... Versatile player with high football IQ ... Can player either safety spot ... Listed as a junior again in 2017 after gaining another year of eligibility due to being granted a medical redshirt for 2014 season ... Took up photography as a hobby during the offseason and is rarely seen without his camera ... Has quickly picked up photography and has taken pictures as a member of the “media” at numerous LSU sporting events ... For career, has played in 25 games with seven starts ... Has 44 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups to his credit.

JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
Played in all 12 games, starting the final seven games of the season ... Finished with 39 tackles (21 solo) to go along with four pass breakups ... Stepped in at free safety when Rickey Jefferson went down with a season-ending injury the week of the Southern Miss game ... Played alongside first round draft pick and All-America Jamal Adams at safety ... Recorded career-best eight tackles vs. Florida ... Closed year with five tackles and two pass breakups in Citrus Bowl win over Louisville, a game where the Tigers held Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson without a rushing or passing TD for the only time in 2016 ... Had four tackles in first career start – a 42-10 win over Southern Miss ... Followed that with four tackles against both Ole Miss and Alabama ... Added five tackles in road win over Arkansas.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
Saw action in all 12 games, primarily playing on special teams ... Recorded five tackles on the season ... Made his first career interception in a victory against South Carolina ... Broke up a pass in a win over Florida.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
Played in one game with no starts ... Action came in home-opener against Sam Houston State ... Did not record any stats in that game ... Was one of 17 true freshmen to see the field in 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL
A four-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... Listed as the No. 18 safety prospect in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 20 cornerback prospect by Rivals ... Tallied 95 tackles and two interceptions returned for touchdowns as a senior ... Ranked as the fifty-first overall prospect in Florida by 247sports.com composite rankings ... A member of the Rivals 250 ... Coached by Dameon Jones.

PERSONAL
Parents are Roneeka Person and John Battle ... Born Aug. 21, 1995 ... Majoring in sports administration.

CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 8 vs. Florida, 2016
Interceptions: 1 vs. South Carolina, 2015
Pass Breakups: 2 vs. Louisville, 2016

BATTLE'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2014 1-0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0-0
2015 12-0 1 4 5 0-0 0-0 1 1 1-0 0 0-0
Totals
13-0
1
4
5
0-0
0-0
1
1
1-0
0
0-0
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