This week, Phins.com had the
opportunity to speak with RB Lorenzo Booker, the teamís third round draft pick
from Florida State. Lorenzo shared his thoughts on
the transition from college to pro, and preparing to contribute on the field.
On his experience as a pro thus far
I really donít have any
complaints. Itís been an adjustment, the biggest adjustment Iíve ever had to
make. Just understanding that thereís a business aspect to football now is
something that really kind of affected me, You just want to focus on the good
stuff but youíve got to look out for yourself, too. But it has been great. The
thing that has been the best is that, all you hear about in college is how much
of a business it is and how the locker room is lonely, and I havenít
experienced that. A lot of credit goes to the older guys, especially Jason
Taylor, Zach Thomas, and Ronnie Brown. They made it a lot easier for me. You
hear a lot of stories about how individualistic it is. I tell you what, this is
just as tight as the team I played with in college. It might be a little
tighter, to be honest. Iím enjoying myself.
On the complexities of a pro offensive system versus
a college system
The system in college (FSU)
was pretty complex. There are things I was used to, like ďdoor readingĒ when it
comes to (pass) protections, having to read defenses, having a spread offense,
and different complex playcalling. The biggest difference in coming to the NFL
is that you can call one play the same way with 15 different (variations).
There might be a different motion or a different formation. (At FSU), when you
hear a play call, it pretty much tells every guy exactly what to do. But in the
NFL, you judge what you have to do based on what everyone else is doing. So you
canít listen to a playcall and just focus on what it means to you. You have to
listen to what the wideouts are doing, what the line is doing, and that means
Iím doing this. It ends up helping you in the end because you understand the
scheme as opposed to just what youíre doing and then youíll be to make
adjustments on the run.
On how things in college are becoming more complex as
NFL coaches enter the college ranks
From a coaching perspective,
itís definitely getting that way. Itís good for players because youíre not so
shocked once you get here. Thatís the hardest part about adjusting to the next
level of football, the mental aspect of it.
On facing tougher competition in the NFL
Talent-wise, I was fortunate
enough to go to a school like Florida
State. So I knew it
wasnít going to be a huge difference (going from college to pro). At FSU, I
played against 8 first rounders, just on my team. Thatís not counting Jonathan
Vilma, Sean Taylor and all those other guys I played against like Channing
Crowder. So I am used to playing with guys of that caliber.
On if Cam Cameron
has the right things in place to take advantage of Bookerís skills
Thatís all heís done. Every time
I play, I am in those kinds of positions. Thatís why I was so excited when I
got drafted here because I knew the kind of game he called when he was in San Diego. I donít think
he wouldíve drafted me had he not felt like thatís what we were going to do
here. Thatís what Leon (Washington,
Bookerís college teammate) told me last year as I was getting ready to come
out, the good thing about the NFL is that when you get drafted itís for a
specific purpose. Iím excited. I go to work every day so that when that time
comes to show what I can do Iíll be ready.