Lorenzo Booker

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Lorenzo Booker
Lorenzo Booker in 2009.jpg
Lorenzo Booker at Philadelphia Eagles training camp in 2009
No. --     Free Agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-06-14) June 14, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Oxnard, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2007 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011
Rushing yards 230
Average 3.8
Rushing TDs 0
Receptions 47
Receiving yards 362
Receiving TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

Lorenzo Adarryll Booker (born June 14, 1984) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Booker has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Hartford Colonials, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears.

Early years[edit]

Booker attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California, where he was a letterman in football and track. In football, he played as a running back. As a senior, Booker ran for 2878 yards and 50 touchdowns, and also had 16 receptions for 300 yards along with three more touchdowns. He was widely regarded as the nation's top running back prospect and was named a Parade All-American and to the PrepStar Dream Team. He also earned USA Today All-USA first-team honors and was ranked by Rivals.com as the number 3 overall prospect in the country and a five star recruit. In his junior year, Booker had an equally-impressive 3103 yards and 49 touchdowns, and for his three-year career had 8502 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns, both state records. During this time, he led his team a 42-0 record.

In track & field, Booker competed as a sprinter and jumper. In sprints, he got PR of 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.2 seconds in the 200-meter dash. In the jumping events, he cleared more than 22 feet (6.80m) in the long jump.

After an initial verbal commitment to Notre Dame,Booker chose Florida State over Notre Dame and USC in a press conference televised nationally on ESPN. Following his high school career, Booker played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alongside fellow Florida State Seminoles Kamerion Wimbley and Buster Davis. Following his senior season, he was awarded the Gatorade High School Heisman, honoring the top high school athlete in the nation.

College career[edit]

Booker (#28) about to score a touchdown in 2006 as a Florida State Seminole against Rice.

Booker redshirted his first year at Florida State. In his freshman year with the Seminoles in 2003, Booker was fourth on the team in carries with 62, third in rushing yards with 334, and third in rushing touchdowns with three, and also recorded 19 receptions for 86 yards. In his sophomore year in 2004, Booker led the team in carries with 173, and was second in both rushing yards (887) and touchdowns (four), and also had 24 catches for 160 yards. Booker led the Seminoles in rushing yards, carries, and touchdowns in his junior year in 2005, with 119 carries for 552 yards (4.8 average) and four touchdowns. He also recorded 38 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns. While in college, Booker earned the nickname L-Boogie.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 10 in 193 lb 30 12 in 9 in 4.46 s 1.46 s 2.58 s 3.98 s 35 12 in 10 ft 1 in 26 reps 17
Measurables were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine,[1] except for those taken at Pro Day: arm and hand spans, 20-yard shuttle, and Wonderlic.[2]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Booker was selected in the third round (71st overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins on May 24, 2007.

Booker got his first significant action in the loss to the Jets on December 12, 2007, when he was used primarily as a receiver. He had one carry for six yards and six catches for 63 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Booker with the Eagles in 2009.

Booker was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on April 26, 2008 for a fourth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He rushed for 53 yards on 20 carries and caught six passes for 11 yards in 2008. He was waived on September 5, 2009 during final cuts.[3]

Hartford Colonials[edit]

Booker signed with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League on August 17, 2010.[4] He was named the UFL Offensive Player of the Week for week 7 during the 2010 season after rushing for 147 yards and a touchdown.[5]

Booker boycotted the Colonials' November 20, 27-14 win over the Las Vegas Locomotives to protest the league's $150,000 transfer fee. The fee was payable to a UFL team if one of its players is signed by an NFL team. Booker and other players[6] believed they were led to believe the fee would be waived once the season is over, not until February 1, 2011, since the previous season the fee was waived and 43 UFL players eventually were signed by NFL teams.[7] On November 22, Booker was suspended by the UFL for the boycott.[8]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On December 6, 2010, Booker was signed by the Minnesota Vikings after the UFL transfer fee was reduced to $25,000.[9]

In his four games with the Vikings, Booker was used primarily as a kick returner. On 18 returns, he amassed 429 yards for an average of 23.8 yards a return. He also had 5 catches for 32 yards.[10]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Booker signed with the Chicago Bears on July 17, 2012.[11] In the second game of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, Booker returned the second-half opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.[12] The return would've been the longest kick return in Bears history had it occurred in the regular season.[13] Booker competed with Armando Allen for the third running back spot.[14] Booker later won the spot, leading to Allen's release on August 31.[15]

Booker was put on Injured Reserve on September 8, 2012.[16] He was released from the Injured Reserve on September 18, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lorenzo Booker". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lorenzo Booker". NFL. Archived from the original on May 14, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Carpenter, Lambert, Colbert, Booker cut". Ventura County Star. September 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  4. ^ Doyle, Paul (August 17, 2010). "Colonials Set To Begin Training Camp". ctnow.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Hartford Colonials RB Lorenzo Booker Earns UFL Offensive Player of the Week Honors". United Football League. November 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Huyghue downplays UFL boycott threat, players don’t | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Nighthawks' skid continues among boycott talk". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  8. ^ "UFL suspends Lorenzo Booker | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Vikings finally sign Lorenzo Booker | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Dynamic duo is still going strong". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears - Box Score". ESPN. August 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  13. ^ Mayer, Larry (2012-08-24). "Quigley hopes to make most of rare opportunity". Chicago bears. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  14. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Booker, Allen battling for third spot". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  15. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Bears reach 53-man roster limit". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (8 September 2012). "Bears add Allen, place Booker on IR". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 

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