Booker does it all in bowl victory

Playing in his first ever collegiate game in his home state of California, tailback Lorenzo Booker capped off his final game as a member of the Florida State Seminoles with arguably the best all around game of his career.

Outside of a few Gary Cismesia field goals, Booker -- from Ventura, Calif. -- was virtually the entire FSU offense. He finished the game with over 200 yards of total offense, including 91 yards on the ground and 117 yards receiving.

He scored FSU's first offensive touchdown of the night and the last.

"You dream it and you dream it and dream it and success is just as much mental preparation as it is physical," Booker said. "Coach (Bobby) Bowden tells us that all the time. You have to see yourself making those plays in those situations and I do a lot of daydreaming."

It's the type of game that Seminole fans and coaches alike have wanted to see from the former high school All-American that was considered by many to be the nation's top prep prospect in 2002. It was his ability to be a do-it-all back that garnered him scholarship offers from the country's elite programs.

And perhaps there's no more fitting of a way – in addition to victory of course -- to conclude a career that he spent sharing handoffs and never fully becoming the player he was expected to.

His performance, as it turns out, was exactly what FSU coaches were counting when making the cross-country trek.

"Our game plan was Booker, Booker, Booker," FSU Coach Bobby Bowden said after the game. "Just feed him the ball like we haven't done all year. Just feed him the ball and he responded."

With his Seminole career in the books perhaps NFL teams saw Booker's potential to be a threat in all facets of the game. His versatility may be the defining characteristic that separates him now from pro-hopeful tailbacks.

Against UCLA he didn't even start the game at running back as that honor went to freshman Marcus Sims.

Instead, showing his versatility, he began the game at wide receiver and worked at that spot periodically throughout the contest allowing Sims and fellow reserve Jamaal Edwards to line up in the backfield.

"I've always wanted to show everyone that I can be a multi-purpose back," Booker said. "I love catching the ball and running the ball so if that's what I have to do to help my team win obviously I am going to do it the best that I can."


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