John David Booty
    John David  Booty

    RS Senior

    Shreveport, La.

    High School:
    Evangel Christian HS

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 215




    No. 8 USC Dominates in City Rivalry

    No. 8 USC 24, UCLA 7


    No. 2 USC Shocked by Stanford

    Stanford 24, USC 23


    No. 1 USC 47, WSU 14

    No. 1 Trojans too much for Cougars


    USC Runs Past Nebraska

    No. 1 Trojans rush for 313 yards against No. 14 Huskers


    93rd Rose Bowl: USC vs. Michigan (1-1-2007)

    93rd Rose Bowl: USC vs. Michigan (1-1-2007)

    CAREER: His 518 career completions is fifth on the USC all-time chart. His 6,125 career passing yards is fifth on USC's all-time list. His 5,945 yards of total offense is sixth on USC's all-time ladder. His 55 career touchdown passes is fourth most at USC. In his career, he threw at least 1 TD pass in 22 of his 23 starts, at least 2 TD passes in a game 16 times, at least 3 TDs in a game 11 times, at least 4 TDs in a game 3 times and had 200-plus passing yards in 18 games (4 times with 300-plus yards). He was 20-3 as a starter. As a starter against AP ranked opponents, he was 9-0 while going 185-of-292 (63.4%) for 2,267 yards (251.9 average) with 23 TDs and just 4 interceptions.

    2007: Booty returned for his second season as USC's starting quarterback after a stellar showing in 2006. Overall in 2007 while starting 10 games, he completed 215-of-340 passes (63.2%) for 2,361 yards and 23 TDs with 10 interceptions. He also had 23 carries for minus 106 yards (-4.6 avg.) with 1 TD. He missed 3 mid-season games (Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon) after breaking the tip of his middle finger on his right (throwing) hand in the second quarter of the Stanford game (but he played the rest of that game). After returning from the broken finger, he went 91 pass attempts over a 4-game span without throwing an interception before getting picked against UCLA. His 215 completions in 2007 ranks him 11th on USC's season passing list and his 2,255 yards of total offense is 16th on USC's season chart. He was a 2007 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick. He was a USC team captain (USC's eighth-ever 2-time captain). He was a Senior Bowl invitee.
    In just 3 quarters of action against Idaho, he was 21-of-32 for 206 yards with 3 TDs and an interception. He was 19-of-30 for 144 yards and 2 TDs (with no interceptions) at Nebraska. Against Washington State, he completed a career-best passes as he was 29-of-36 for 289 yards with 4 TDs (he completed 18 of his first 20 throws). He was 20-of-37 for 236 yards and a TD, but threw 2 interceptions, at Washington. Despite playing with the broken finger, he was 24-of-40 for 364 yards and 2 TDs against Stanford, but threw 4 interceptions (all in the second half). After sitting out the Arizona, Notre Dame and Oregon games because of the broken finger, he returned to the starting lineup against Oregon State and completed 19-of-33 passes for 157 yards and 2 TDs (with no interceptions). He was 11-of-20 for 129 yards and a TD at California. He threw 4 TD passes (completing 26-of-39 throws for 375 yards and no interceptions) and ran for another at Arizona State (he threw for 227 yards in the first half, including 139 in the first quarter on 13-of-16 passing). He completed 21-of-36 passes for 206 yards and 1 TD with 1 interception against UCLA. He earned Rose Bowl Offensive MVP honors as he completed 25-of-37 passes for 255 yards and 3 TDs (with 1 pick) against Illinois, in the process setting a Rose Bowl record for career touchdown passes (7).

    2006: Booty was impressive while starting for his first season at quarterback as a junior in 2006 after serving as USC's backup the previous 3 years. He won the starting job despite missing all but the first day of 2006 spring practice with a herniated disk in his back that required surgery in late March (he was healthy throughout 2006 fall camp). Overall in 2006 while starting all 13 games, he completed 269-of-436 passes (61.7%) for 3,347 yards and 29 TDs with 9 interceptions. He also had 33 carries for minus 53 yards (-1.6) with a TD. He was 14th nationally in total offense (253.4, first in Pac-10) and 24th in passing efficiency (144.0, first in Pac-10). He made the 2006 All-Pac-10 first team, All-Pac-10 first team, All-Pac-10 first team and All-Pac-10 first team. He is 1 of 11 finalists for the Manning Award (given to the nation's top quarterback) and was 1 of 15 semifinalists for the 2006 Maxwell Award (nation's top player) and 1 of 18 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback). He was a USC team captain.

    His 269 completions in 2006 was tied for fourth on USC's season passing list. His 3,347 passing yards in 2006 was fifth on the USC season list (15th on the Pac-10 chart), joining Carson Palmer, Rob Johnson and Matt Leinart as the only Trojans to eclipse 3,000 passing yards in a season. His 3,294 yards of total offense in 2006 was fifth on USC's season ladder (15th on the Pac-10 list). His 29 TD passes in 2006 was tied for fourth on the USC season list (tied for ninth on the Pac-10 ladder). He threw a TD pass in 12 of his 13 starts in 2006 (all but UCLA), including 9 games with at least 2 TD throws and 7 with 3 TDs. He threw for at least 200 yards in 11 of USC's games in 2006, including the last 7 in a row.

    He was impressive in his debut as a starter, as he completed 68.6% of his passes (24-of-35) for 261 yards and 3 second-half touchdowns at Arkansas (by comparison, his predecessor, 2004 Heisman winner Matt Leinart was 17-of-30 for 192 yards and a TD in his first start in 2003). He then was 25-of-36 for 257 yards and 3 TDs versus Nebraska. He was 24-of-39 for 179 yards and a short TD toss at Arizona, but threw his first interception of the season after 78 attempts. He was 23-of-32 for 269 yards and 3 TDs (with a pick) at Washington State. He hit 23-of-40 passes for 243 yards and a TD (with an interception) against Washington. He was 12-of-25 for 148 yards and 2 TDs against Arizona State, but threw an interception that was returned for a score. He hit 24-of-39 passes for a career-high 406 yards (the fifth most passing yards in USC history; only Carson Palmer 3 times and Mike Van Raaphorst once threw for more) with 3 TD passes and an interception at Oregon State. He was 12-of-21 for 203 yards with 3 second-quarter TDs (21, 7 and 2 yards) at Stanford. He was 17-of-26 for 213 yards with a TD and an interception against Oregon. He hit 18-of-31 passes for 238 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter TDs (25 and 37 yards) against California. He threw 3 TD passes (9, 5 and 43 yards) while going 17-of-28 for 265 yards (with 2 interceptions) against Notre Dame and also ran for a 1-yard score (his first career rushing TD). He was 23-of-39 for 274 yards (with an interception) at UCLA. He completed 27-of-45 passes against Michigan en route to 4 TDs (all career bests, with the 4 TDs tying a Rose Bowl game mark), including a season-long 62-yarder, and his 391 passing yards (eighth most in USC history) were the most surrendered by the Wolverines since 1999.

    2005: Booty was USC's No. 2 quarterback as a sophomore in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 10 games (all but Notre Dame, Fresno State and Texas), he completed 27-of-42 passes (64.3%) for 327 yards and 3 TDs with 2 interceptions. He threw his first career TD pass while hitting 2-of-5 passes while directing USC in the fourth quarter at Hawaii. Against Arkansas, he was 4-of-9 for 60 yards with a TD, then saw brief action at the end of the Oregon game, but did not throw a pass, and played a snap at Arizona State when Matt Leinart was briefly dinged, but he did not throw a pass. He was 3-of-3 for 27 yards while directing the last series against Arizona, then was 5-of-6 for 71 yards with a 31-yard TD toss (and he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown) while playing the fourth quarter at Washington. He hit 5-of-6 passes for 69 yards while playing most of the fourth quarter against Washington State, then hit 7-of-10 passes for 86 yards while playing most of the second half against Stanford and played the final 2 series at California, but did not throw a pass. He completed a 5-yard pass and had an interception among his 3 throws while playing most of the fourth quarter against UCLA

    2004: Booty was set to be the No. 2 quarterback as a sophomore in 2004. But he suffered a badly bruised right (throwing) elbow in 2004 fall practice, which limited his participation, so he redshirted.

    2003: As just a first-year freshman in 2003, Booty emerged as USC's No. 2 quarterback by mid-season. Overall in 2003 while seeing limited backup action in 5 games (Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington, Arizona and UCLA), he completed 7-of-14 passes (50.0%) for 90 yards. He broke his left wrist against UCLA, which sidelined him for USC's last 2 games of 2003. He was 1-of-4 for 13 yards against Stanford in his first action as a Trojan, then hit his only pass attempt (a 5-yarder) at Notre Dame, was 3-of-6 for 63 yards at Arizona and 2-of-3 for 9 yards against UCLA.

    HIGH SCHOOL: As a junior quarterback in 2002 at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport (La..), he led his team to the Class 5A state title while throwing for 4,144 yards and 38 touchdowns while earning Student Sports Underclass All-American and Class 5A All-State honors. He also led Evangel Christian to the Class 5A state title as a 2001 sophomore, passing for 4,330 yards and 50 TDs while being named a Student Sports Underclass All-American and Class 5A All-State. As a 2000 freshman, he completed 9-of-11 passes. In his career, he threw for 8,474 yards on 555-of-864 passing (64.2%) 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.

    Incoming Trojan Josh McKnight also prepped briefly at Evangel Christian.

    PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His father, Johnny, played quarterback at Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State, then coached football at Evangel Christian. His brother, Josh, was a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who played at LSU for 2 seasons (1999-2000) following a 5-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 LSU (1997-1999) and Valdosta State (2001).


  • Succeeding 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart: "I knew I was going to be compared to Matt, just like he was compared to (2002 Heisman winner) Carson Palmer. You know what? Really, it wasn't such a big deal to me. I hope the next guy, when I leave, is compared to me...If you're half as good as either of those guys, you're a pretty good college quarterback. Obviously, they demand a lot at USC. That's okay. I demand a lot from myself. I want to be the best as well...In high school, I had to come after two National Players of the Year (his brother, Josh, and then Brock Berlin). And then I followed two Heisman Trophy winners in college. So I knew what it was like to be in the spotlight. I saw what they had to go through. But if you go through your life worrying about, 'I'm going to be this or win that,' you're going to have problems...It's awesome to get a chance to follow guys with such high profiles, to have the chance to do the things I wanted to someday be able to do growing up as a little kid...I learned a lot from Matt and from (2005 Heisman winner) Reggie Bush. There's so much that I've seen in the way they handled themselves. I feel like I've seen everything college football can throw at you. Maybe I won't have to deal with half the things they dealt with, but if something comes up, I've seen it."
  • His objective as a quarterback: "The guys before me set high standards. That's what I want to do, by winning games. My biggest goal is to have our football team win, not put it in bad situations. All I can control is what I do...All I want is to be known as a winner...If I work hard, all my goals are reachable...I know I have really good players aroundme. I don't have to put it all on my shoulders, to win every game for us. I never put tremendous pressure on myself."
  • His motto: "My dad always said, 'Dream big. You can do whatever you want to do. Don't listen to what people say you can't do. Do it.'"
  • Handling criticism: "I've got pretty tough skin. I've tried to develop that because it is part of the position. There will be bad times, regardless of what level you're at."
  • Matt Leinart's decision to return for his 2005 senior season: "It 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...It wasn't difficult. The competitor in me wanted to be out there playing, but it was clear why I wasn't...Everything happens for a reason, I know that. No matter where you go, you're always going to have someone you're going to be competing against...I always look forward to making myself better and competing against the best. You elevate your game...Sitting was a blessing for me. It was good to get reps, that's the biggest thing. It's hard to get a feel for the game without getting reps. It helped me make decisions quicker and quicker."
  • The biggest adjustments he faced coming from high school to USC: "Speed and the mental game of college football, and the speed of life in L.A. compared to Louisiana. Everybody's trying to go to the top out here. If you stop, you're going to get run over. But that's good. That's what I needed in my life...I try my best to fit in, but I've still got a lot of Southern in me."
  • Why he skipped his senior year of high school: "Because my dad was fired as our quarterbacks coach, I felt like it was time for me to move on...I felt like I was standing up for my dad and for what I want...I don't want people to think I did this just to do it. I had every intention of finishing my high school career until this came up with my dad...If I had stayed there, I would have been unhappy. It would have been a tough time...I realize that high school is so much fun and such a big part of your life to leave it with one year left. I never planned on doing this. It just came about. I had a decision to make and I felt like I made the right one."


  • USC head coach Pete Carroll: "He's got great accuracy. He's a natural thrower. He has natural instincts for throwing the ball, all different kinds of throws, and putting the ball right on the money. There's tremendous promise there for us and for him...His poise is awesome. His execution, his accuracy, his decision-making are great...There's nothing we feel like we can't do with John David that we did with Matt Leinart."
  • USC offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian: "He's like Greg Maddux in the way he can put the ball in the spot it needs to be."
  • Craig James, ESPN: "I'm just amazed at the way he controls games. With all those new players in 2006, he kept that thing together. Even though the games were closer, they still won. I just didn't expect him to play as well as he did. His footwork, his poise in the pocket, his arm strength, it looks like he's been doing this for three years."
  • Former USC quarterback Pat Haden, now with NBC-TV: "I can't imagine steeping into a position in college football like he did in 2006. He followed the two best quarterbacks in USC history, and yet he was remarkably calm and very, very efficient."
  • Former USC Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart: "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."
  • Former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow: "In terms of physical talent, John David's as good as anybody I've coached."
  • Former USC All-American center Ryan Kalil: "He's just so calm about everything. There's nothing that really rattles him. I know no one likes to throw an interception, but I think he'd act the same if he threw a pick or a touchdown pass."
  • USC All-American offensive tackle Sam Baker: "He sat and waited his turn and he learned. He's a natural born leader...He's been the rock, one solid guy."
  • Former USC All-American wide receiver Steve Smith: "He's like a silent killer. He doesn't say much, he just gets the job done. I'm proud of what he's done. He's lived up to every expectation."
  • Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski: "He can put the ball between defenders. There was a lot of close games they came away with a win, and he had a lot to do with that."
  • Former Michigan linebacker Dave Harris: "He's their leader. He puts the ball in his playmakers' hands. He has a very strong arm, he can make all the throws. Give him time, he can pick you apart."

    2003 (Fr.)1470.500900331-10-10.00-10
    2005 (So.)42272.6433273314-11-2.802
    2006 (Jr.)4362699.6173347296233-53-1.6111
    2007 (Sr.)...34021510.6322361236323-106-4.6 19
    CAREER....83251821.623 61255563 61-180 -3.0 2 11
    2006 (Jr.)10/000


    Nebraska*30190.6331442 21
    Wash. St.*36291.806 2894 25
    Washington* 37 202.541 236 132
    Stanford*40244.6003642 63
    Oregon St.*33190.5781572 26
    California*20110.5501291 33
    Arizona St.*39260.6673754 34
    Illinois (RB)*37251.676255 335
    2007 (Sr.)...34021510.63223612363
    Wash. St.*32231.719269349
    Arizona St.*25121.615148227
    Oregon St.*39241.615406353
    Notre Dame*28172.607265343
    Michigan (RB)*45270.600391462
    2006 (Jr.)4362699.61733472962

    Wash. St.650.83369024
    2005 (So.)42272.643327331
    Notre Dame1101.000505
    2003 (Fr.)1470.50090033

    (Based on Number of Completions - Includes bowl games)

    1. Carson Palmer15699274911818.59172
    2. Matt Leinart12458072310693.64899
    3. Rob Johnson1046676288472.64658
    4. Rodney Peete1081630428225.58354
    5. John David Booty832518216125.62355

    (Includes bowl games)

    1. Carson Palmer1824-1971181811621
    2. Matt Leinart1477-701069310623
    3. Rodney Peete137141582258640
    4. Rob Johnson1305-57684727896
    5. Charles White11496245-56240
    6. John David Booty893-18061255945