For the average Arizona Wildcat football fan, if you mentioned Nick Booth and pro football career, they’d probably say “who’s Nick Booth?” Well, Booth may not be a household name, but he took the first steps towards playing at the next level on Friday.
Arizona held its pro timing day on Friday and no player turned more heads than Booth. The running back put on a show, especially running the 40-yard dash. He ran times of 4.4 and 4.5, turning the heads of several NFL and UFL scouts.
Although the time in impressive, Booth has gone that fast before.
“I’ve ran it a couple times in junior college and high school,” Booth explained. “I wanted to stay relaxed, run hard, run fast.”
At 6-2, 221 Booth has NFL size, but he has a lot to prove. He began the season as the fourth string running back and only carried the ball 36 times for 150 yards and only had 209 yards in his two-year career. Booth’s best game was against Washington State where he carried 18 times for 84 yards and a score.
“I didn’t get to play as much as some of the other guys,” Booth said. “A lot of these guys see me as an unknown and are just learning about me. I knew I had to come out here and run hard, do all the drills hard and take advantage of every opportunity I am given.”
It remains to be seen just how much Booth impressed scouts. Although back-up running backs can get noticed due to their physical gifts (think Willie Parker or Chris Henry) it is hard for a guy who had limited playing time in college to get pro teams to take a flier on him. One option might be the UFL. Scouts from the second year league seemed quite impressed with Booth’s time in the 40. At the very least, Booth felt that he impressed some people.
“I am not sure, hopefully a lot,” Booth answered when asked if he felt he impressed people. “I am just going to take what they say, learn off of it, work as hard as I can and hopefully someone picks me up.”