Utah's offense was driven by the powerful legs of All-Pac-12 1st team running back Devontae Booker in the 2014 season. On the season he had 292 carries, for 1512 yards (5.2 ypc) and 10 touchdowns. He also had 306 yards on 43 receptions and 2 touchdowns. In games, like against Oregon State, everyone knew Booker was going to get the ball, and they still couldn't stop him. That's why the announcement that Booker is planning on returning in 2015 is a big one.
Earlier today, Derek Tuimauga, former Ute and current Utezone.com writer, reported that Booker will indeed be back in 2015.
We have learned that Devontae Booker will in fact be back for his senior season at the U. 2015 just got a lot better for the #utes! #GoUtes— Derek Tuimauga (@DTuimaugaRivals) January 12, 2015
There have been a lot of running backs declaring for the NFL Draft, such as Buck Allen of USC, Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin, TJ Yeldon of Alabama, and others, which would make this a tough year to really stand out. A huge 2015 could vault Booker up the draft boards, and be one of the premier running backs in college football.
This is a huge building block for the 2015 Utah offense, even if there still are questions at QB and Offensive Coordinator.