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Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "reminds me of a lighter version of Matt Forte," observes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 7 running back in the land. "He is a probing zone-scheme runner who darts seamlessly in and out of creases depending on how the defense is flowing," Zierlein wrote. "Booker has smooth feet and easy ability to transition from cut to cut. If that isn't enough to worry about, Booker torments defenses as an outstanding pass catcher, as well. With Booker returning for his senior season, we'll see if the Utes dial Booker back in order to limit his wear and tear." That doesn't appear as though it'll happen, as Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said Booker will receive 30-35 touches per game this fall. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815, with 54 percent of his yards coming after first contact.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 8:28 PM

The devaluation of the running back position might prevent Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "from being a top-50 pick, but another ultra-productive season and top-notch NFL Scouting Combine workout could push him in that direction," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"His combination of power, quickness, elusiveness in the hole and receiving ability give him an excitement factor lacking from most collegiate backs," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Booker will receive 30-35 touches per game this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 5:12 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "excels as a one-cut runner with vision and a decisive style," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Utes will lean heavily on him with an erratic passing game around him," Brown wrote. Last year, Booker finished with more total touches on offense than any back in the nation outside of Jay Ajayi and Melvin Gordon. He converted that usage into 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is a preseason Heisman candidate.
Jun 18 - 3:38 PM

"It will be a surprise," observes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, if Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "isn't one of the first five running backs selected next year."

"If Booker didn't take the junior college route, his 1,512-yard junior season for the Utes might have been his last one," Bonagura wrote. "However, with just one year of Division I experience, Booker chose to return to Utah and could make a push for a 2,000-yard season." He chipped in 43 receptions for 306 yards and two scores in the receiving game. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 10:26 PM

Walter Football ranks Utah senior RB Devontae Booker as the No. 5 draft-eligible running back.

"Booker is a quick runner who is more physical than one would think," the site noted. "If he could add some weight for the NFL, that could help him to be a three-down runner. Booker was rumored to be entering the 2015 NFL Draft, but he wisely decided to return to Utah as he has only one season of major college football experience." Last year, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker ran for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns with 43 receptions for 306 yards and two scores. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815.
May 29 - 7:11 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker easily led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815 last season.

"That speaks to toughness," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "It’s not an exact science or an exact way to measure it, but it certainly gives you a good idea of who’s capable of taking a hit and continuing to take the football up the field for you." UCLA's Paul Perkins finished second by about 200 post-contact yards. "Anyone can get blocked yardage. Blocked yardage, I can do it," Whittingham said. "But the real barometer, in my opinion, or one of the main barometers in judging a running back is yards after contact." Booker was "without a doubt" the offensive MVP, the coach said. "Devontae was making those yards with defenses loading the box up and expecting him to run the football," Whittingham said. Booker is a Heisman candidate and a Day 2 prospect heading into the campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 7:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Utah senior RB Devontae Booker is a "very good player," but "needs to hold onto the football."

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker was quite the workhorse back for the Utes last season, rushing for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns, with 43 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns. With as many touches as Booker will receive in 2015, he'll have to make sure he improves on protecting the ball, as Brugler notes that the Utah prospect "fumbled once every 55.8 offensive touches last year."
May 18 - 2:03 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "is the type of back in the type of offense that could produce 2,000-plus yards," wrote ESPN's Kevin Gemmell.

Gemmell points out that Utah only faces one 2014 top-20 rush defense in 2015 (Michigan, 15th), while the Utes avoid Stanford. Fresno State and Colorado were awful against the run last year and Washington and USC both suffered mass defensive defections. Gemmell believes Booker is the Pac-12's best Heisman candidate heading into the year. "This isn't a full-blown endorsement for Booker's candidacy," he wrote. "But if he can surge all year the way he did once his carries picked up in the fourth game (he averaged 133 YPG over the final 10) he'll be knocking on the door of a 2,000-yard season, which will raise a lot of eyebrows nationally."
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 6:57 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker's "combination of power, quickness, elusiveness in the hole, and receiving ability give him an excitement factor lacking from most collegiate backs," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

"The devaluation of his position might prevent him from being a first-round pick, but another ultra-productive season and top-notch Combine workout could push him in that direction," he wrote. The analyst ranks Booker as the No. 15 senior prospect in the land. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Booker will receive 30-35 touches per game next year.
Source: NFL.com
May 12 - 6:56 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker is the Pac-12's top Heisman candidate, writes ESPN's Ted Miller.

"While USC quarterback Cody Kessler likely will begin the season topping most Pac-12 Heisman Trophy lists, Kessler is but one piece of a pretty nice collection of skill players for the Trojans," Miller wrote. "Booker will be the unquestioned centerpiece of the Utes' offense. No one at Utah even pretends to dispute that. In fact, coach Kyle Whittingham volunteers it. Booker is a physical, violent runner who also can catch the ball out of the backfield, so he doesn't need to come off the field." Miller further predicts 200 yards rushing against Michigan on national television on Thursday, Sept. 3. Whittingham has already said Booker is expected to receive 30-35 touches per game.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 10:00 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker is expected to receive 30-35 touches per game, according to his HC Kyle Whittingham.

"The offense is going to run through him again this year," Whittingham said. "...He has become a much-improved pass protector. He added some weight." Booker averaged around 25 touches per game last year, so an increase of five or 10 is quite a jump up. Many college teams rely on one ball carrier, but Booker will also be a pivotal piece in the passing game.
Source: OC Register
May 11 - 2:16 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler ranks Utah WR Dres Anderson as the third-best prospect who didn't get drafted.

Anderson tore his meniscus in October against USC, which prevented him from impressive scouts in the spring. "Anderson has excellent timed and play speed to stretch the field, showing little hesitation with his acceleration, making him dangerous to defend after the catch, although his unpolished routes and focus could limit his role at the next level," Brugler wrote. We agree that Anderson should have been picked. The son of Flipper Anderson finished in the top five in Utah history in receiving yards (2,077).
Source: CBS Sports
May 4 - 8:37 PM

49ers signed Utah WR Dres Anderson.

Anderson (6'1/187) graduated fifth all-time in receiving yardage for the Utes, parlaying 134 catches into 2,077 yards (15.5 YPR) and 17 TDs. He is the son of ex-Rams WR Flipper Anderson. Dres tore his left meniscus last October and required year-ending surgery, preventing Anderson from testing at the Combine. He did clock 4.43 at the Utah Pro Day. The reddest flag on Anderson is an 18.6-percent drop rate between his final two college seasons. He is a leggy, straight-line burner who may have to make his NFL living as a low-volume vertical streaker.
May 3 - 9:59 PM

Bucs selected Utah WR Kaelin Clay with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Clay (5'10/195) spent one year with the Utes after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-American accolades as a return specialist. He scored three touchdowns on punt returns in 2014 and added a kickoff return TD. Not nearly as exciting a receiver prospect, Clay managed a 43-523-4 line on offense. Limited athletically, Clay ran 4.51 at the Combine with a 33-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Just as he did at Utah, Clay will have to earn his NFL keep on special teams.
May 2 - 4:21 PM

Titans selected Utah RT Jeremiah Poutasi with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Poutasi (6'5/335) spent three seasons at Utah before going pro, piling up 35 starts. He played right tackle as a freshman and protected the blind side as a sophomore and junior. Poutasi allowed 2 1/2 sacks in 2014. Still only 20 years old, Poutasi isn't quite athletic enough to stay at left tackle in the NFL, but is a mauling, country-strong blocker who could dominate at right tackle or left guard. He's been likened to Browns LG Joel Bitonio by NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
May 1 - 9:40 PM


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