Devontae Booker was a breakout star last year for the University of Utah. Coming into the 2015 season, Booker is widely regarded as the best back in the Pac-12 and is being touted as a dark horse Heisman candidate. With Booker’s sudden rise to stardom, let’s take a look at his place among the elite running backs heading into the 2015 college football season.
College football is increasingly turning into a passing game. Every year more teams switch to spread offenses and passing numbers continue to soar. Despite the heavy passing attacks littered across college football, running backs continue to make a name for themselves. Last season, 57 running backs ran for over 1,000 yards, and the single game rushing record was broken not once, but twice. Utah’s own Devontae Booker burst onto the national scene a quarter of the way through last season, racking up over 1,500 yards rushing and scoring 12 total touchdowns. Entering the 2015 season, where does Devontae Booker stack up among the elite running backs in college football?
To help us understand how Booker ranks among FBS tailbacks entering 2015, let's look at returning running backs as ranked by total rushing yards in 2014.
|1||Ezekiel Elliott||Ohio State||SO||RB||15||273||1878||6.88||18||18.2||125.2|
|11||Leon Allen||Western Ky||JR||RB||13||272||1542||5.67||13||20.92||118.62|
|14||Marcus Cox||App St||SO||RB||12||255||1415||5.55||19||21.25||117.92|