JOHN DAVID BOOTY
University of Southern California Trojans
Evangel Christian Academy
Having produced Heisman Trophy quarterbacks in recent years with Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, the Trojans coaching staff feel that they have a perfect candidate for that award in 2007 in John David Booty. Having patiently waited for his chance to play as Leinart's understudy since 2003, Booty established himself as one of college football's elite quarterbacks as a junior.
Booty comes from a family rich in football tradition. John David's brother, Josh, was a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who played at Louisiana State for two seasons (1999-2000) following a five-year (1994-98) baseball career as an infielder in the Florida Marlins organization (including 13 games in the majors).
Another brother, Abram, was a wide receiver at Louisiana State (1997-1999) and Valdosta State (2001). His father, Johnny, played quarterback at Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State, then, coached football at Evangel Christian, where John David rose to national prominence as one of the top prep quarterbacks.
At Evangel Christian Academy, Booty earned Student Sports Underclass All-American and Class 5A All-State honors as a sophomore and junior. In 2002, he led his team to the Class 5A state title while throwing for 4,144 yards and 38 TDs. He also led the squad to the Class 5A state title as a 2001 sophomore, passing for 4,330 yards and 50 scores.
During his freshman campaign, Booty completed 9-of-11 passes. In his career, he threw for 8,474 yards on 555-of-864 passing (64.2 percent) with 88 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. Because Louisiana rules allow junior high students to compete on high school teams if the school is a kindergarten-through-12th grade school, he actually played some varsity football for Evangel Christian as early as seventh grade.
Booty saw action in five games in 2003, finishing with 90 yards on 7-of-14 passes (50.0 percent), but lost 10 yards on a rushing attempt. With Matt Leinart having won the 2004 Heisman Trophy, Booty anticipated taking over quarterback duties in 2005 at USC, but Leinart opted to return for his senior year, relegating the youngster to second on the QB depth chart. "Matt's decision to return for his 2005 senior season helped me grow as a player. People asked if I was bummed. I got to the point where I was bummed that they thought I was bummed. Matt coming back was a great thing for the school and for the football team. And I had to stay ready in case my chance came along."
In 2005, Booty appeared briefly in ten games. He threw for 327 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 27-of-42 attempts (64.3 percent) and amassed 316 yards in total offense. On his way to the NFL, Leinart had a few thoughts about his successor, saying, "John David is a very good player and he pushed me to get better. I was confident that if I wasn't able to go, he could move the offense. I think he's going to have a great career."
In 2006, Booty ranked first in the Pac-10 Conference in pass efficiency (144.0 rating), total offense (253.38 ypg), points responsible for (13.85 ppg), passing yards (3,347), passing yards per game (257.46 ypg) and pass completions (20.69).
For the campaign, he connected on 269-of-436 passes (61.7 percent) for 3,347 yards, 29 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also piled up 3,294 yards in total offense and came up with one solo tackle. His accuracy impressed USC offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian, who stated, "Booty is like Greg Maddux in the way he can put the ball in the spot it needs to be."
Booty continued his slow improvement in 2007. The team captain and All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention finished his senior season by completing 215 of 340 attempts for 2,361 yards (63.2 percent), 23 touchdowns and ten INTs. He scored once on the ground and gained 2,255 yards in total offense.
In 38 games at Southern California, Booty started 23 times. He threw for 6,125 yards on 518-of-832 passes (62.3 percent), with 55 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He rushed 61 times for losses totaling 180 yards (-3.0 avg), scoring twice on the ground. In 893 plays, he totaled 5,945 yards, averaging 156.45 yards in total offense per game.
Booty's 5,945 yards in total offense rank sixth in USC annals…His 3,294 yards in total offense in 2006 rank fifth on the school's season-record list, topped by Matt Leinart, (3,851 in 2005 and 3,494 in 2003), Carson Palmer (3,820 in 2002) and Rob Johnson (3,425 in 1993)…Booty threw for 6,125 yards as a Trojan, ranking fifth in school history…Only four USC QBs had more pass completions than Booty's 518…His 55 touchdown passes placed him fourth in Trojans annals behind Palmer (72), Leinart (99) and Johnson (58)…His pass completion percentage of .623 rank third on the school's career-record list behind Leinart (.648) and Johnson (.646)…Threw at least one touchdown in 26 games and had multiple touchdown passes in 17 contests…Passed for over 200 yards in a game 19 times during his career… Booty's 436 pass attempts in 2006 rank third on the school's season-record list…His 29 touchdown passes in 2006 tied Johnson for fourth on USC's annual record chart, surpassed only my Carson Palmer (33 in 2002) and Matt Leinart (33 in 2004, 38 in 2003)…His 269 pass completions in 2006 tied Matt Leinart (2003) for fourth-best in a season by a Trojans quarterback, as only Palmer (309 in 2002), Rob Johnson (308 in 1993) and Leinart (283 in 2005) had more successful passes in a season at USC…His 3,347 yards passing in 2006 rank fifth on the school's season-record list behind Palmer (3,942 in 2002), Johnson (3,630 in 1993) and Matt Leinart (3,815 in 2005 and 3,556 in 2003).
On the Watch Lists for the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award, Booty was an All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention…Started ten games, missing the Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon contests after he broke a bone in his middle finger on his throwing hand vs. Stanford…Finished with 2,361 yards on 215-of-340 passes (63.2 percent), with 23 touchdowns and ten interceptions…Rushed 23 times for losses totaling 180 yards (-4.6 avg), but did score once…On 363 offensive plays, he gained 2,255 yards, an average of 225.5 yards per game in total offense…Threw for over 200 yards in seven contests and had 25 passes caught for 20 yards or longer…His 215 pass completions produced 107 first downs, as he helped convert 62-of-142 third-down snaps…Sacked twelve times for losses of 110 yards, fumbled once and had 22 of his 340 pass attempts deflected by the opposition.
Unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection…One of eleven finalists for the Manning Award, given to the nation's top quarterback and was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top passer) and Maxwell Award (nation's top player)…Led the conference and ranked 14th in the nation in total offense, averaging 253.38 yards per game…Also led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (24th nationally with a 144.0 rating), points responsible for (14th nationally with an average of 13.85 points), pass completions (12th in the nation with 20.69 per game) and yards passing per game (13th in the nation with 257.46 yards)…Missed virtually all of spring drills and underwent late March surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, but was fully recovered by the season opener, starting all thirteen games…Completed 269 of 436 passes (61.7 percent) for 3,347 yards, 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions…Carried the ball 33 times for minus 53 yards (-1.6 avg) and a score… Amassed 3,294 yards in total offense and also recorded a solo tackle.
Played in ten games behind Matt Leinart, completing 27 of 42 attempts (64.3 percent) for 327 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions…Carried four times for losses of 11 yards and gained 316 yards on 46 offensive plays (31.6 ypg)…Sat out the Notre Dame, Fresno State and Texas contests.
Granted a medical hardship.
Booty did not play in the team's first five games and missed the final two contests vs. Oregon State and Michigan after he suffered a left wrist fracture vs. UCLA…In five games, he connected on 7 of 14 passes (50.0 percent) for 90 yards, but lost 10 yards on his only rushing attempt.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.97 in the 40-yard dash…300-pound bench press…28-inch vertical jump.
Attended Evangel (Shreveport, La.) Academy…Earned Student Sports Underclass All-American and Class 5A All-State honors as a sophomore and junior…In 2002, he led his team to the Class 5A state title while throwing for 4,144 yards and 38 touchdowns…Also led the squad to the Class 5A state title as a 2001 sophomore, passing for 4,330 yards and 50 scores…During his freshman campaign, Booty completed 9-of-11 passes…During his career, he threw for 8,474 yards on 555-of-864 passing (64.2 percent) with 88 touchdowns and 26 interceptions…Because Louisiana rules allow junior high students to compete on high school teams if the school is a kindergarten-through-12th grade school, he actually played some varsity football for Evangel Christian since the seventh grade…Prior to his senior year, his father was fired as the quarterbacks coach at the Academy and Booty decided to bypass football that season.
Sociology major…Booty comes from a family rich in football tradition. His brother, Josh, was a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who played at Louisiana State for two seasons (1999-2000) following a five-year (1994-98) baseball career as an infielder in the Florida Marlins organization (including 13 games in the majors)…Another brother, Abram, was a wide receiver at Louisiana State (1997-1999) and Valdosta State (2001)…His father, Johnny, played quarterback at Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State, then, coached football at Evangel Christian, where John David rose to national prominence as one of the top prep quarterbacks…Born 1/03/85…Resides in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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