"To tell you the truth, it really doesn't matter," Booker said following the Seminoles' Saturday scrimmage at Doak Campbell Stadium. Booker, a redshirt freshman, rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries and displayed his smooth running style and uncanny ability to make defenders miss.
Booker has been elevated to first team due to injuries to Greg Jones and Leon Washington. Jones continues to recover from reconstructive knee surgery, while Washington hopes to return next week after suffering a hyperextended knee.
"I came here specifically because I love it here, for one thing, and for another, we win. We've got that tradition. Yeah, we went 9-5 last year, but we still went to a BCS bowl. Eight teams out of what, 110 get to do that? I want the big show. I want to go back to New Orleans this year. That's all I want right now."
Despite redshirting last season, Booker impressed teammates and coaches alike with his work ethic and talent. While not overpowering, Booker has shown great promise both inside and outside the tackles this spring. He also has been consistent in pass catching, an element that running backs coach Billy Sexton has emphasized this spring.
Even so, Booker said the best part if feeling far more comfortable in the Seminoles' offense.
"It wasn't a matter of feeling like I could step in and play last year," Booker said.
"I didn't know what I was doing. I noticed it when Chris was making checks against Iowa State. I was thinking to myself, if I was on the field, I'd have screwed up the whole thing, because I wouldn't have known what I was doing. I talked to my cousin and my mom about it, and we figured it was the best thing for me to do, just sit back and learn. The coaching staff – I wouldn't have been able to do that without them, because they gave me the opportunity to not be on the scout team, just sit back and watch. I took advantage of it, and that's why I know what I'm doing out there now.
"Just from watching film, I'm a lot more comfortable. Last year, I was wet behind the ears. The game was so much faster. To tell you the truth, I'm still adjusting to it. Things aren't moving quite as slow as I would like them to. The key is I know what I'm doing now, so it makes everything a lot easier."