The Long Road to 53: Baron Batch


Born in 1987 from Odessa Texas, Baron Batch grew up in a three bedroom trailer house 30 miles south of town in the middle of nowhere. Batch was the third born of five children that his mother, Joyce Batch, gave birth and took care of while Batch’s father skipped out on a big portion of his family’s life.

Since then, Batch’s life has been a fight ever since. A fight that he has came out on top on. However, in 2013 Batch will have to fight his way to remain on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster.

He finished playing in 45 career games, while ranking eighth on Tech’s career rushing yardage list (2,501). He ranks ninth in career all-purpose yardage list (3,612) and is tied for eighth place on Texas Tech’s career touchdowns list (32). Batch had three straight seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards for the Red Raiders.

In 2011, Baron Batch was drafted by the Steelers with the 232nd overall pick in the 7th round. A torn ACL kept him out of his rookie season.

Coming back from a surgically repaired ACL, Baron Batch was not a force offensively in 2012. He had just 80 combined all-purpose yards and one touchdown. Batch was released from the team and placed on the practice squad in late November of last season. Now with no practice squad eligibility left, it’s time for Batch to turn the tables in year three.

Batch’s talents on special teams is considered to be an advantage over running backs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer who many believe will fight for the last spot on the running backs depth chart. This time will truly tell if Baron Batch will be a diamond in the rough.

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