While many NFL fans have become enthralled in the should I stay or should I go decision surrounding Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, another key player- Utah running back Devontae Booker- has decided to return to the Utes for his final season of eligibility. The decision appears to be extremely intelligent with the list of running backs being one of the strongest in recent memory.
“Over the break I had the decision of a lifetime to make about whether to go to the NFL or stay in school. I talked to my family, friends and coaches on the decision and I’ve decided to stay at the University of Utah for my senior season,” said Booker in a release from the school. “I will earn my degree in sociology this spring and further my education in a minor in something else that interests me. I am excited to see what this season has ahead for the team and me, and this should be another great year for our program.”
The All Pac-12 First Team selection rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns during his exceptional junior season, but still may not have been in the same category as the other 13 early running back entries. Booker probably would not have been drafted before any of the top 13 running backs and could use another year to improve his draft stock. Although its always risky for running backs to return to school, Booker could be one of the first running backs off the board if he’s able to continue his success into next year. Booker has the ability to not only rush the football, but his pass catching ability differentiates him from most running backs.
Utah wrapped up the 2014 campaign with a dominant win over the Colorado State Rams in the Las Vegas Bowl. During the contest, Booker was able to wrack up 162 yards and a touchdown and hopes to use this momentum to carry the success over into the 2015 season.
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