RSP Boiler Room: Utah RB Devontae Booker


Two plays, both display Booker’s skill, but one also has a lot of luck involved. Learn the difference.

Skill and luck. Depending on the bias of the fan or the depth of observation, these two things get confused every time there’s a game on television.

Booker is a skilled back, but even skilled backs get lucky from time to time. Today’s RSP Boiler Room profiles a play where Booker earned most of his yardage due to skill and a player where a significant portion of Booker’s contribution to the play was luck. It doesn’t diminish Booker’s talent; all players and teams stumble into a potentially lucky moment during a game. It still requires some level of skill to exploit it.

As this week’s Boiler Room contrasts skill and. luck on two plays from the Cal game, you’ll also learn more about Booker’s anticipation, decision-making, pad level, footwork, and athletic ability.

If you’d like to get another point of view on Booker, Emory Hunt just released his Football Gameplan Video Scouting Report on the Utah back.

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