Class of '09 Q&A: Bradley Battles

Read this exclusive interview with USF class of '09 running back/ defrensive back Bradley Battles. Find all about the Marianna standout player, what position he'll play, and much more. Stay informed with

Bradley Battles Profile  How have things been going for you this spring?
Bradley Battles: Every things going great, I've just been working out and finishing up school, that and running track. I competed in the 100, and the 4x100. Now I'm just ready and excited to get down to USF.

USFN: How's it feel watching your team going through the spring without you playing?
Battles: It's always exciting when spring ball is here, and it does feel funny not being on the field, but I got bigger stuff to look forward to.

USFN: Have you been using the Bulls strength and conditioning book?
Battles: Oh yeah I been using it, it's a good workout plan, and I've gotten a lot stronger. My shoulder is kind of hurt, but it's no big deal, so I haven't tried to go to heavy. I was putting up 265 on bench, 420 on squat, and I clean and jerked 280 pounds.

USFN: What were some of the things you liked about USF?
Battles: I liked everything, but really the coach there, Coach Leavitt is an excellent coach and he really seemed like he was into football and everything else, he wasn't just focused on winning games, but also focused on the players and how they feel, and how you treat them. He wasn't one of those coaches that are just focused on one thing, but everything.

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Battles: I know a bunch. I know Carlton Mitchell, number 87 Jessie Hester, I know the Bogan kid, A.J. Love. I chilled with all the receivers and a bunch of others, they're all real cool, and I felt real comfortable with all of them.

USFN: After playing multiple positions, what are the Bulls recruiting you for?
Battles: It's one of those things where I can pick where I want to be. They want me at running back and they want me on defense as well. When I get there I'll figure it out. They're recruiting me at running back, but Leavitt said I could play on either side, and its' up to me.

USFN: Do you have a preference of where you play.
Battles: I'm going in as a running back, but I might want to play free safety, if I see he's not as good as the running back. It's just something that I got to see when I get there. I'm just trying to play, and if I go down there and see that I can be a better DB, than a RB. I know I can play both.

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Battles: I'd have to say my quickness, and how I am in the hole. I'm real quick in the hole and making things happen. When I'm coming out I can read the blocks real well, and explode through.

USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
Battles: I want to get bigger, stronger and faster. I'm really working on everything, but I want to get bigger, stronger and get faster.  

USFN: Do you have a favorite move or moves you like to use? 
Battles: I love the toss, and I love the spin. The spin is the killer and the finisher move. They think they got you and boom you're gone.

USFN: What is your most memorable moment at running back on the field?
Battles: We we're down 21-20, and there was like 28 seconds left on the clock and we 4th and goal. I got the ball and got stopped before the line, and then turned around, started moving my feet, burst through the line ad we won the game.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do while playing defensive back?
Battles: Interceptions, I love intercepting the ball. It's a game changing play and sets the tone for the game. And there's nothing better than taking it all the way and scoring while you're on defense.

USFN: Do you have a memorable moment while playing defense?
Battles: We were playing a pretty good game and was somewhere in the third quarter. This somewhat tall receiver was going for the ball, and I intercepted it, but when I intercepted it, I jumped over his head and it was real cool. I was over his head when I intercepted it and it was crazy. Everybody was talking about it.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
I really don't look at it like I model my game after somebody. I just try to be the best that I can be and work on me being better. So I don't really try to be like somebody. But if I had to say somebody than I'd say Reggie Bush, I like him he's a cool running back.

USFN: Is there anything about you that catches people off guard?
Battles: That goes back to the quickness thing. I can start and stop, and be going real slow, and then speed up real quick. They don't know what's going to happen.  Or I can be going one way and then change direction.

USFN: What do you think you're bringing to USF as a player?
Battles: For the most part I'm bringing a lot of power to go with my speed. I bring power when I run with the ball, and try to be as powerful as I can be. I'll try and get level with you and go through you. I'm not trying to get you hurt, but it is what it is, you know?

USFN: Do you play other sports also?
Battles: I've played basketball, and baseball before, but that was a while ago, and I run track in the 100, and the 4x100. I ran a 10.8 in the 100, but have run a 10.7 before. I was leading in the 4X100, but my team dropped the baton. I've played every sport the school offers, very one except for soccer that is.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Battles: Right now I'm 5'11 and weigh 195-197, last year I played around 178. I haven't run it in awhile but I run a 4.4-4.5.

USFN: Any feelings on being part of USF's first top-25 signing class?
Battles: I feel real great. It's a dream come true. I can't wait to see what we can do. 

USFN: Do you pay attention to rankings and how do you feel you were rated?
Battles: I look at them, but don't dig deep into them. I'm not going to lie, but I don't think I was rated fairly. I should have been higher. It gives me something that I got to prove. Actually I got a lot to prove this summer and beyond. I'm not going in there trying to redshirt, I'm going to prove that I'm a good player, and that I'm ready to play.

USFN: What teams are you most looking forward to playing against?
Battles: I'd have to say UCONN, because I got a cousin that plays there, and he's already been telling the coaches that he's going to put a good hit on me. Florida State of course, because I grew up an FSU fan. I'm not looking forward to it, but playing Florida is going to be cool.  

USFN: How do you feel about Coach Canales as the new offensive coordinator?
Battles: Love it, just love it. He was my recruiting coordinator and we already close. It's a great thing on my behalf, and I think it'll be great offense, exciting and explosive too.

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
Battles: I work out every day at the gym. I use the conditioning book and run a couple miles or do sprints.

USFN: Have you been recruiting for USF with guys in your area?
Battles: The dudes that I would like to play with yes, but not the guys that I don't think are that good. If I think they can help out our team, then I talk to them. I tried to talk with Gary Brown, but he went to Florida. I've been talking to a couple of my homeboys that could help, and I'm sure if South Florida offers they will come.

USFN: What do you plan to accomplish while here at USF?
Battles: I want to go down there and make an impact on the team, if not my first year, then definitely after that. Before I graduate I'm going to do some big things for the South Florida program.  

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Battles: Oh man. I'm so excited, it feels like it was so long ago when I committed that I can't wait. I'll be down there June 24th, and I'm looking forward to that.

USFN: Is there anything you want to say to USF fans?
Battles: Just to say that I'm going to do everything I can to make an impact. Whether it's on offense or defense, I'm going to give it my all and try and do some big things for the Bulls.

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