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Barry Booker, DT

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 284 | College: Virginia Tech
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Barry Booker came on strong as a senior. He developed his pass-rush skills to become a constant presence in the opposition's backfield.

Booker had 15 of his 24 quarterback pressures in the final six games of the 2007 regular season and also made seven of his eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage during that span.

The two-year starter was unlike a typical Virginia Tech defensive tackle -- big, pgysical and slow -- he shows very good explosion off the snap and the ability to make plays on the move. During his two seasons in the starting lineup, Tech led the nation in total defense as a junior, allowing just 219.46 yards per game in 2006 and the unit ranked fourth nationally in 2007, giving up 296.93 yards.

At Amherst High School, Booker played a variety of roles, lining up at tight end, fullback and defensive tackle. He was named an All-Region selection for the Atlantic area by Prep Star as a defensive lineman and was a 2002 Class AA second-team All-State pick by the Associated Press. A first-team choice to the 2002 AA Coaches all-state team, Booker would notch 68 tackles and 13 sacks on defense while rushing for 250 yards and catching nine passes for three touchdowns on offense his senior season

Booker registered 10 sacks and was named to the All-District team as a junior. He was rated the 24th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com and the 17th-best player in Virginia, as ranked by Super Prep. He was also listed as one of the top 40 linebackers/defensive ends in the ACC area as ranked by the G&W Recruiting Report.

At Virginia Tech in 2003, Booker redshirted, playing on the scout team as a defensive tackle. He appeared in only the Florida A&M clash in 2004, as he battled with a left hamstring problem since fall camp. He would finish that year with two tackles and a forced fumble. He received the Coaches" Award in 2005, coming off the 12 games to collect 13 tackles (two solo) with two stops for losses, four pressures and a forced fumble.

Booker took over right defensive tackle chores in 2006, appearing in 493 defensive snaps and 31 more on special teams. He delivered 52 tackles (16 solo) with 1.5 sacks, seven stops for losses and 12 pressures, but battled through left shin and ankle problems the second half of the season. He also caused and recovered a fumble.

Booker garnered All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors in 2007. He started all 14 games, providing Tech with 24 pressures, as he had 10.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including four sacks. He caused two fumbles and deflected a pass.


Positives: While he lacks muscle tone, he has good natural strength and room on his frame to add at least 15 more pounds of bulk … Has good timed speed and a short-area burst … Is best making tackles on the move due to his lateral movement and good concept for taking proper angles … Has a quick initial step to surprise an offensive lineman off the snap, showing the change-of-direction skills to close on the play in a hurry … Demonstrates good stamina and keeps his feet on the move to make plays in long pursuit … When he locates the crease, he explodes off the snap to penetrate … Has good lower-body flexibility to slip under blocks and elude double teams … Plays with good effort and works to finish … When he keeps his pads low (inconsistent in this area), he can explode off the snap and be disruptive in the backfield, evident by what he did to guard Branden Albert in the 2007 Virginia game … Best served playing on the move, as he is quicker to recognize the play developing and shows better urgency hitting the gaps … Is inconsistent locating the ball in a crowd, but has a decent feel for block pressure when he moves down the line … Demonstrates the footspeed to give chase and collapse the pocket, even when he has to take a wide loop to the ball … Must be more active with his hands, but when he is, blockers have problems trying to reach him … With his explosion and ability to disrupt the pocket, he might be better served as a defensive end in a 3-4 alignment than playing the classic two-gap … Does not have the power to stack vs. double teams, but shows the ability to spin out and avoid … Rare to see him push the pocket vs. double teams, but is able to move and make plays down the line of scrimmage … Has the ability to consistently invert offensive linemen when hitting with leverage (only when he sinks his pads) … Flattens with a good burst to close and can be disruptive coming from the off-side due to his concept for taking angles … Shows good flexibility and use of his hands to avoid cut blocks at the line and delivers more explosive hits when on the move than when stationary … Good wrap-up tackler who will generally put his body in front of his man, rather than take a side … When he doesn't dance too much, he has the ability to shoot the gaps with suddenness (24 pressures in 2007) … Has a quick swim move to get an edge on the lineman's outside shoulder and the acceleration to chase down ballcarriers in the open field (big blockers can put him on the ground at the line, but they struggle to reach him when on the move).

Negatives: Needs to add muscle tone and upper-body bulk, as he has smooth skin, a soft midsection, adequate thickness in his chest, calves and hamstrings … Despite his good weight-room strength, he is not really a powerful bull rusher, preferring to gain penetration by taking angles … Must make quicker reads, as he fails to consistently locate the ball … Has marginal arm length (30.5-inches) and needs to extend them better in attempts to gain separation from the offensive linemen … Can be pushed off the point of attack when he gets his pad level too high … Best on the move, as he doesn't have the strong anchor needed to take on double teams … Must learn to sink his weight, as blockers have good success getting into his chest and riding him out … Gets caught up in the one-on-one battles for too long and needs to be quicker when trying to shed … Bit of a high tackler who needs help to get the ball carrier down because of this (struggles to finish on his own) … Does not have the leg drive needed to shoot through the gaps and does too much dancing around trying to find the "perfect gap" rather than just power rushing through the blocker … Not that effective pushing the leader blocker back in attempts to clog the rush lanes … Tries to generate good twists and games, but has a poor feel for the crease when doing so … Has the develop more confidence in his hands, as he is not combative enough with them when taking on a blocker … Good leader by example type, but did have one minor off-field issue in 2004 (tested positive for marijuana).

Compares To: CLAUDE WROTEN-St. Louis … Booker has some value as part of a rotation, as he does flash the ability to penetrate, based on his good concept for taking angles. He needs to spend a season in the weight room -- he lacks ideal bulk and power to take on blockers. He sometimes looks like a dancing bear moving but is too tall in his stance and fails to use his hands well in attempts to shed. He does not really have that muscled-up physique you look for in a run stuffer and he bends too much at the waist to generate explosion off the line. Still, he has good lateral pursuit ability and on a 53-man roster, he could wrest away one of the final spots.

Career Notes

In 40 games at Virginia Tech, Booker started 26 contests … Recorded 113 tackles (41 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus 50-yards, 19.5 stops for losses of 89 yards and 41 quarterback pressures … Caused four fumbles, recovered two others and deflected three passes.

2007 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team choice … Started all 14 games at right defensive tackle, helping the team rank fourth in the nation in total defense (296.93 yards per game), third in scoring defense (16.07 points per game) and place fourth in the major college ranks by allowing only 86.64 yards per game rushing … Registered 46 tackles (22 solos) with four sacks for minus-29 yards and 10.5 stops for losses of 39 yards … Ranked second on the squad with 24 quarterback pressures, as he also caused two fumbles and deflected one pass.

2007 Game Analysis

East Carolina … Booker began the season with four tackles, including one that stopped Dominique Lindsay for no gain on a late second quarter run off left guard at the ECU 2 …

Head to Head Competition-OG#68-Matt Butler (6:04-306).

Louisiana State … The Tech lineman delivered three tackles, stopping QB Matt Flynn for no gain on a second-&-10 bootleg during the game's opening series … Head to Head Competition-OG#79-Herman Johnson (6:07-356).

Ohio University … Booker was in on seven tackles (2 solos) with three stops behind theline of scrimmage and a pressure … He leveled Taylor Price for a 3-yard loss on the second play of the game, followed by pressuring QB Brad Bower into the hands of linebacker Vince Hall for an 8-yard sack with 5:42 left in the second quarter … On the next play, Booker took down tailback Kalvin McRae for a 1-yard loss … He later sniffed out a third-&-12 screen pas in the third frame, stopping McRae for a 2-yard loss … Head to Head Competition-OG#77-Paul Johnson (6:02-318).

William & Mary … Followed with three tackles, including leveling Tony Viola for a 1-yard loss on a draw play (second play of the game) … Head to Head Competition-OG#79-Michael Grant (6:05-287).

North Carolina … Added four tackles and two pressures while also stopping Ryan Houston for a 1-yard loss on an early third quarter carry … Head to Head Competition-OG#73-aaron Stahl (6:03-299).

Clemson … Did not record any tackles, but did post two pressures … Head to Head Competition-OG#68-Chris McDuffie (6:06-292).

Duke … Booker registered two solo tackles and a pair of pressures, as he also took down Justin Boyle for no gain on a third-&-goal run at the Tech 1 with 5:30 left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#60-Zach Maurides (6:06-290).

Boston College … The defensive tackle assisted in sacking QB Matt Ryan for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter and had a pass deflection with five pressures, as he killed a pair of second quarter drives with a third-&-17 hurry on Ryan at the BC 28 and again on a fourth-&-15 incomplete toss at the Tech 24 with 0:38 remaining in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OG#78-Ty Hall (6:04-290).

Georgia Tech … Made two solo tackles and collected three pressures … Head to Head Competition-OG#77-Dan Voss (6:04-305).

Florida State … Booker had three more pressures, three tackles and caused a fourth quarter fumble, stripping the ball from QB Christian Ponder at the FSU 45 to set up a Tech 22-yard field goal … Earlier, he pressured QB drew Weatherford on a third-&-9 toss late in the first quarter, resulting in a Seminoles punt … He pressured Ponder on third-&-14 with 0:46 left in the first half, forcing another FSU punt … Head to Head Competition-OG#62-Rocky Hudson (6:02-289).

Miami … Had another three tackles, as he sacked QB Kyle Wright for a 2-yard loss on third-&-6 at the Tech 18, causing a fumble that Hokies defensive end Chris Ellis recovered late in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#72-Andrew Bain (6:03-344).

Virginia … Booker was in on seven tackles, as he simply manhandled one of the nation's premier offensive guards, registering 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage for minus 20 yards, including 1.5 sacks for losses of 16 yards … He ran over guard Branden Albert to take down tailback Mikell Simpson for a 1-yard loss on a late first quarter run … He then sacked QB Jameel Sewell for a 10-yard loss on a third-&-10 snap at the UVA 47 with 2:07 left in the first half … Simpson was tackled by Booker for a 2-yard loss on the first series of the second half … Late in the third quarter, he leveled tailback Andrew Peerman for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-1 run … Sewell was again sacked by Booker in the fourth quarter, good for an 11-yard loss … Head to Head Competition-OG#71-Branden Albert (6:07-311).

Boston College (ACC Championship) … Booker followed with four tackles (3 solos) and four pressures, as he also sacked QB Matt Ryan for a 6-yard loss on third-&-5 at the BC 22 late in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#78-Ty Hall (6:04-290).

Kansas (Orange Bowl) … Booker closed out his career with three tackles (2 solos) … Head to Head Competition-OG#66-Adrian Mayes (6:03-305).

2006 Season

Took over right defensive tackle duties, starting 12 of 13 games, as he came off the bench vs. Boston College … Helped the team lead the nation in total defense (219.46 yards per game), scoring defense (11.0 points per game) and pass defense (128.23 ypg) … Recorded 52 tackles (16 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus-21 yards, seven stops for losses of 41 yards and 12 quarterback pressures … Caused and recovered a fumble … Deflected two passes … Saw action in 493 defensive snaps and in 31 more plays on special teams … Won the Coaches' Award for the best spring practice on defense … Bothered at midseason with a left shin and left ankle injuries.

2006 Game Analysis

In his first career start, Booker posted two hits vs. Northeastern … Had three tackles with a pressure, a pass break-up and a 3-yard sack vs. North Carolina … Credited with three pressures vs. Duke … Added 10 tackles (4 solos), as he assisted on a sack, had 2.5 stops for minus 12 yards and a pressure vs. Cincinnati … Came up with six tackles and a stop for a 3-yard loss in the Georgia Tech clash … Posted three tackles and a stop for minus 5 yards vs. Boston College … Added six tackles, as he caused a fumble on a 16-yard sack in the Southern Mississippi clash … Produced four tackles and a pressure vs. Clemson and was in on three hits and two pressures vs. Miami … Had five tackles (4 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and two pressures vs. Wake Forest … Delivered four assisted tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss vs. Cincinnati … Added three tackles and a pressure vs. Georgia in the Chick Fil-A Bowl).

2005 Season

Played in 12 games as a reserve defensive tackle, recording 13 tackles (2 solos) with two stops for minus-9 yards and four pressures … Also recovered a fumble.

2005 Game Analysis

Recovered a fumble vs. North Carolina State and had four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Duke … Added four more tackles vs. Ohio University and posted a tackle for a 4-yard loss in the West Virginia game … Assisted on three tackles vs. Marshall.

2004 Season

Appeared in just one game, recording a pair of tackles with a pressure, as he also caused one fumble vs. Florida A&M … Limited in fall camp by a left hamstring strain.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2004: Suffered a left hamstring strain in August camp.

2006: Did not start vs. Boston College (10/12) while nursing a left ankle sprain and a left shin bruise.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.82 in the 40-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times … 550-pound squat … 341-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 30 1/2-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 23/41 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Amherst County (Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Scott Abel … Played a variety of roles, lining up at tight end, fullback and defensive tackle … Named an All-Region selection for the Atlantic area by Prep Star as a defensive lineman and was a 2002 Class AA second-team All-State pick by the Associated Press … First-team choice to the 2002 AA Coaches all-state team … Notched 68 tackles and 13 sacks on defense while rushing for 250 yards and catching nine passes for three touchdowns on offense his senior season … Registered 10 sacks and was named to the All-District team as a junior … Rated the 24th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com and the 17th-best player in Virginia, as ranked by Super Prep … Also listed as one of the top 40 linebackers/defensive ends in the ACC area as ranked by the G&W Recruiting Report.


Apparel, Housing and Resource Management major … Son of Patsy and Barry Booker, Sr … Born Barry Nathaniel Booker, Jr., on 11/13/85 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky … Resides in Madison Heights, Virginia.


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