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Player Photo Lorenzo Booker
Height: 5-10
Weight: 193
Position: Running Back
College: Florida State

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OVERVIEW

Booker was regarded as one of the elite tailbacks in college football entering the 2006 season, despite sharing playing time and starting only 5 of 35 games during his first three years with the team. However, Booker soon found himself again sharing playing time (Antone Smith), as he failed to live up to those lofty expectations during his final year at Florida State.

The offensive captain was the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading active rusher entering the 2006 season, but continued to see his production be reduced since his sophomore year, when he rushed for 887 yards. He managed only 552 yards on the ground in 2005 while starting three times, and despite starting 11 times in 2006 he amassed only 525 yards during the regular season.

Booker was regarded as the nation's top running back (Parade and Rivals.com) as a senior at Saint Bonaventure High School. He earned Parade All-American and Prep Star Dream Team honors. He added USA Today All-USA first-team accolades and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report listed Booker as the third-best overall prospect in the country.

During his three-year high school career, Booker compiled state records of 8,502 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns, leading his team to a 42-0 record. He ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns, adding 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores as a senior. He was named California State Player of the Year after rushing for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior.

The product of a heated recruiting war, Booker selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Southern California and Washington. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2002 and saw action in 10 games as a reserve tailback in 2003, sitting out the Georgia Tech, Duke and Colorado games with knee and ankle sprains. He finished third on the team with 334 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries (5.3 avg). He added 86 yards on 19 catches (4.5 avg) and recorded one solo tackle.

Booker started 2 of 12 games in 2004. He carried 173 times for a career-high 887 yards (5.1 avg) and four touchdowns, leading the team in rushing in five of those contests. He made 24 catches for 160 yards (6.7 avg) and generated 1,047 all-purpose yards.

The cat-quick tailback earned three starting assignments during the 13 games he played in during 2005. He led the team with 552 yards and four touchdowns on 119 attempts (4.6 avg). Booker also finished third on the team with a career-high 38 catches for 329 yards (8.7 avg) and two scores. He also returned one punt three yards and posted 884 all-purpose yards.

With Leon Washington having graduated, Booker was named offensive captain, starting 11 of 12 games in 2006. He shared those duties with Smith, but still led the team with 121 carries for 525 yards (4.3 avg) and two touchdowns. He totaled 303 yards on 28 receptions (10.8 avg) and returned four kickoffs for 66 yards (16.5 avg), amassing 894 all-purpose yards during the regular season.

In 47 games at Florida State, Booker started 16 times. He became the 11th player in school history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a career, rushing 475 times for 2,298 yards (4.8 avg) and 13 touchdowns. He hauled in 109 passes for 878 yards (8.1 avg) and two scores. Booker returned four kickoffs for 66 yards (16.5 avg), had one punt return for three yards and recorded one solo tackle. He touched the ball 589 times during his four seasons, gaining 3,245 all-purpose yards, an average of 69.04 yards per game.

ANALYSIS

Positives: Undersized, but shows adequate overall muscle tone and has room on his frame to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk … Has valid speed and explosion coming out of his stance to get on the edge and pick up good yardage past the second level … Shows precise cutting agility and loose hips to attack the cutback lanes … Has the plant-and-drive agility to get in and out of his breaks without needing to throttle down … Shows the natural hands and extension to pluck the ball away from his frame … Displays good field instincts and is patient waiting for blocks to develop … Can simply surprise a lethargic defender with his sudden burst through the rush lanes … His lateral agility and change of direction skills make him a dangerous threat along the perimeter and his solid receiving skills could see him utilized in the slot or lined wide in passing situations … Has a good feel for the crease and knows how to keep his pads down to redirect … Does a decent job of lowering his pads and executing cuts to slip off tackles … Elusive open-field runner with the valid speed to take the ball to the house … His second gear allows him to beat angles and slip off tackles racing through the second level … Gets good separation after the catch and it is rare to see him gather in his patterns.

Negatives: Frame appears too lean and while he can add some additional bulk, it could affect his quickness and suddenness … Has very good speed, but sometimes runs into spots on the field, lacking the leg drive and power to break the initial tackle … Needs to take several plays off after taking on a physical hit and may lack the overall strength and durability to carry the brunt of the rushing load at the next level (has shared playing time throughout his career rather than being the featured back) … Lacks the bulk to push the pile and unless he slips off tackles, he can be taken down vs. the initial hit (legs are too skinny to add needed lower body strength) … Can be pushed back through the rush lane, especially when he fails to lower his shoulders … Has natural hands as a pass catcher, but has been used mostly on controlled routes, as he struggles tracking the ball over his outside shoulder on long throws … Willing blocker, but a lack of lower body strength sees him get pushed back into the pocket or leave his feet when taking on the blitz or bull rush … Takes poor angles in the open and is more of an ankle biter when trying to cut block in the second level … Ducks his head on contact and takes only passive arm swipes in attempts to sustain.

Compares To: Derrick Blaylock -- New York Jets … Like Blaylock, Booker's quickness and cutting agility make him a fine change-of-pace back and he has the natural hands to be an effective short-area receiver. However, he lacks the consistency of a Warrick Dunn and the strength to move the pile. In the open field, his explosive running style is an asset, but he will struggle to break free between the tackles.

INJURY REPORT

2003: Had a keloid removed from his right ear in January (A keloid is a special type of scar which results in an overgrowth of tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules and can vary from pink to flesh-colored or red to dark brown in color. A keloid isn't lethal, but a keloid scar exposed to the sun can increase the chance of getting skin cancer. A keloid is benign, non-contagious and usually painless, although sometimes can be accompanied by a sharp pain, but they can be a cosmetic problem.) … Sat out the Georgia Tech (9/13), Colorado (9/20) and Duke contests (9/27) with a sprained knee medial collateral ligament and a sprained ankle.

AGILITY TESTS

Campus: 4.42 in the 40-yard dash … 377-pound bench press … 490-pound squat … 358-pound power clean … 3.98 20-yard shuttle … 35-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump … 30 1/2-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 17/23 Wonderlic score.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Saint Bonaventure (Ventura, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Jon Mack … Regarded as the nation's top running back (Parade and Rivals.com) as a senior, earning Parade All-American and Prep Star Dream Team honors … Added USA Today All-USA first-team accolades and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report listed Booker as the third-best overall prospect in the country … During his three-year career, Booker compiled state records of 8,502 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns, leading his team to a 42-0 record … Ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns, adding 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores as a senior … Named California State Player of the Year after rushing for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior.

PERSONAL

Social Science major … Born 6/14/84 … Resides in Oxnard, California.

 
 
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