Devontae Booker rushed for 1,261 yards and 11 TDs on 268 carries and caught 37 passes despite missing the final 3 games of the season. He lead the nation averaging over 26 carries per game and finished 8th with 305 touches from scrimmage in just 10 games.
Devontae Booker was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and team captain. He is a complete back who set the school record at Utah averaging 120.6 yards per game rushing and hauled in 80 passes over his two year career for the Utes.
Dallas will bring back the veteran Darren McFadden, but must upgrade their depth at runningback for the 2016 season after releasing Joseph Randle midseason and failing to add a back in the 2015 NFL Draft. Lance Dunbar is coming off a torn ACL and like Robert Turbin, both enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. This scouting report profiles Devontae Booker as a potential starter.
Devontae Booker, RB
Height | Weight: 5-11 212
College: Utah, American River College
Official Utes Team Bio: 2015–All-Pac-12 second team running back â€¦ played and started in 10 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury â€¦ Maxwell Award semifinalist (national player of the year) â€¦ Doak Walker Award semifinalist (nationâ€™s top running back) â€¦ SI.com Midseason All-America second team â€¦ third in the Pac-12 (11th in the NCAA) with 126.1 rushing yards per game â€¦ averaged 130.9 rushing yards per game in Pac-12 games (4.98 ypc) â€¦ fourth in the Pac-12 with 1,261 net rushing yards on 268 carries (4.7 ypc) â€¦ tied for third in the Pac-12 with seven 100-yard rushing games: California (222), Fresno State (156), Washington (150), Arizona (145), Oregon State (121), Utah State (120) and Arizona State (118) â€¦ Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after going for a season-high 222 rushing yards against Cal, the ninth-most in school history, and totaling a season-high 267 all-purpose yards (45 receiving yards on four catches) â€¦ 11 rushing touchdowns is fourth in the conference â€¦ at the time of the injury, led the nation with 305 touches from scrimmage (30.5 per game) and carries per game (26.8) â€¦ 34 carries against Cal, Washington and Arizona, the eighth-most in school history, and tied for the most in the Pac-12 this season â€¦ 157.9 all-purpose yards per game ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 â€¦ 37 catches for 318 yards â€¦ season-best 57 receiving yards against Michigan (seven catches) â€¦ 56 receiving yards at Fresno State (five catches) â€¦ threw a 25-yard touchdown pass at Oregon â€¦ team captain.
2014–First-team All-Pac-12 running back was also the All-Pac-12 Academic first-team running back … averaged 116.3 yards per game overall … after playing sparingly in the first three games, he averaged 133.3 yards in the final 10 games (130.1 against Pac-12 teams) … 116.3-yard rushing average was second in the Pac-12 and No. 21 nationally … 1,512 yards ranks second all-time in a season at Utah … 292 carries ranked third in a season at Utah, 116.3 yards per game was fifth and 10 rushing touchdowns tied for the sixth most … seven 100-yard games tied for the third-most in a season in school history … 100-yard games came against Oregon State (229), Washington State (178), Colorado State (162), UCLA (156), Arizona State (146), Arizona (142) and USC (102) … ran for 100 yards in Utah’s first five conference games, which tied him for the second-most consecutive 100-yard games in school history … 229 yards at Oregon State was the best single-game rushing total in the Pac-12 in 2014 … had the two busiest rushing games in the Pac-12 with 37 carries against Arizona State and 33 against UCLA … finished second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (144.2) … 1,875 all-purpose yards ranked third in a season at Utah … tied for the second-most receptions on the team (43) for 306 yards and two touchdowns … season-best 110 receiving yards and a TD against Oregon.
PRIOR TO UTAH: Signed with Washington State out of high school before enrolling at American River College … first-team all-Valley Conference in 2012 when he led the conference in rushing yards per game and touchdowns … rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had nine receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns his sophomore season … 22 carries for 282 yards (12.8 average) and five touchdowns vs. Monterey … three kickoff returns for 164 yards (54.7 average) and a touchdown against Santa Rosa … as a freshman, he rushed for 793 yards (7.93 average, 79.3 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns … also caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and ran back 10 kickoffs for 348 yards and a touchdown in 2011 … American River played in the 2012 Northern California Football Association championship game … sat out the 2013 season to finish academic coursework … as a senior at Grant Union High (Calif.) in 2009, he rushed for 2,884 yards and 45 touchdowns … won U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week … 2009 first-team MaxPreps All-State Division I … NorCalPreps.com Division I Player of the Year … second-team CalHiSports.com all-state …Â Sacramento BeeÂ all-Metro in 2008 and 2009 … led Grant High to the 2008 CIF State Open Division state title, leading the team in rushing yards (1,850) and touchdowns (36). PERSONAL:Â Son of Ronnie and Francis Booker … sociology major will receive his bachelor’s degree in December … full name is Devontae Dupree Booker … born May 27, 1992.
- Devontae Booker has good speed, excellent balance to break tackles and will keep his feet moving after contact. Gives good effort as a pass protector, good set up with his footwork but has room to improve. Very physical runner despite his size. Very good jump cut runner. Excellent vision and has natural feel for the cutback lane and exploding to daylight. He will finish his runs with authority. Effective spin move and excellent burst.
- Needs to switch hands to keep ball away from defenders when running outside. Ran exclusively out of shotgun spread offense at Utah. Takes a lot of hits due to his physical running style. Needs to stay on his feet and not try to jump over defenders as often as observed on tape.
Davontae Booker tore hisÂ meniscus in his left knee causing him to miss the final 3 games of theÂ season. He will try to appear at the Senior Bowl on January 30th, but he will have to pass the medical checks at the combine regardless to confirm the surgery was successful.
Overall Booker is an excellent runningback prospect able to do his job in all phases. He averaged more carries per game (26.5) than Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry; showcasing his ability to be a workhorse back. He is a physical runner and combined with his speed and vision it creates a dangerous combination for opposing defenders. He provides more than a safety valve in the passing game amassing 80 receptions during his two seasons at Utah and a more than willing pass protector. Assuming his knee checks out at the combine, Devontae Booker is an ideal fit for the Dallas rushing attack with his vision for cutback lanes in zone and running style to help return this unit to the physical force it was in 2014.