TEMPE, Arizona — Former Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Dante Booker has signed on and will attempt to further his career as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals.
Dante Booker played in 46 games during his Ohio State career and started seven times. A shoulder issue in 2017 and a knee injury in 2016 kept him from more playing time, but he came back as a senior in 2018 to play in 13 games for the Buckeyes.
He finished with 74 career tackles, including 9.0 tackles for losses totaling 46 yards — a four-year Varsity O letterwinner.
Booker’s best year statistically was in 2017 when he had 31 tackles, including 5.0 TFLs — recorded his first career interception in the win over Rutgers that year, and had a career-high seven tackles vs. Nebraska and had career-highs of four solo tackles vs. Indiana and Rutgers.
Booker played in 11 games as a true freshman for the 2014 College Football Playoff national champions, including 21 plays vs. No. 1 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and 20 plays vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.
He was also a part of Ohio State teams that won Big Ten championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018, and bowl game wins over No. 8 Notre Dame (2016 Fiesta Bowl), No. 8 USC (2018 Cotton Bowl) and No. 9 Washington (2019 Rose Bowl).
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He graduated in spring 2017 with his degree in sports industry. Booker spent a week in Equador in May 2017 as part of the Athletic Department’s involvement with the Soles4Souls program, a community service and goodwill effort dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing. Dante was an Academic all-Big Ten honoree in 2015 and an OSU Scholar-Athlete in 2014.
Booker was Ohio’s Mr. Football back in 2013.