Learning from his mistake

CLEMSON - For one more glimpse of the footage, any number of searches will yield the same result on YouTube.

"Isaiah Battle punch"

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"Clemson player lays out N.C. State player"




After the game, Dabo Swinney told reporters that Battle was remorseful immediately after he laid out Jarvis Byrd with a right-handed uppercut. A few months later, not much has changed.

"It was very selfish of me to do that to the team," Battle said. "That was a big mistake and it will never happen again. That's not the Clemson way. I'm learning. I learned my lesson."

He added, "I apologized to the kid. I apologized to the university. That wasn't the Clemson way. I take full responsibility and I was sorry about that."

Suspended for the following game against Wake Forest, Battle had an extended stay in Swinney's doghouse after the punishment.

"It was a sign that you're not above the team. There's punishment for everything. There are consequences for everything you do," Battle said. "It's a life lesson for me. I can't just go out there and punch somebody on the street. It's going to be a lesson after that."

Early last week, Battle said he's already learned from the mistake.

"My attitude, my preparation coming into practice everyday, I wasn't consistent. Seeing my consistency, seeing my attitude change from the N.C. State game, it was going uphill from there," he said. "I learned to control myself, be determined, come out with preparation, come out with a hard edge everyday."

Battle, who's now the starter at right tackle, looks forward to making his first bowl start on Jan. 3 against Ohio State. And he'll enter the 2014 season as a starter, likely at left tackle.

"I'm ready to lead the team as much as I can, work anything. If they put me back at the left, I'll work at the left. If they put me at right, anywhere to help the team, I'll be ready," Battle said.

He doesn't prefer one side over the other.

"Honestly, I think I'm pretty good at both," Battle said. "They practice us on both sides, incase somebody goes down on one side, they can switch it around. The best spot, the best way you can help the team, we're going to be ready."

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