Valparaiso University football defensive back Jamari Booker (Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood) put a bow on his stellar senior season on Tuesday as he received All-Pioneer Football League Second Team honors.
Booker finished his four-year Valpo career with 235 tackles and eight interceptions including 101 tackles and five interceptions this season. He also had a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles, four pass breakups, two QB hurries, seven tackles for loss, 55 solo tackles and a blocked kick returned for a touchdown in 2019.
The senior captain achieved a career-high 21 tackles on Nov. 2 at Davidson, forcing two fumbles, picking up one TFL and receiving a pair of QB hurries in that performance. That eclipsed his previous career high of 20 on Sept. 29, 2018 vs. Davidson, which was Valpo’s first 20-tackle game since at least 2001. He became the second PFL player since 2002 with multiple career games of 20 tackles or more, joining Stetson’s Donald Payne, who did so on three occasions.
Booker was named the Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week after his 13-tackle, two-interception performance in a 19-10 victory over Stetson on Oct. 26. It was his second two-interception game of the year, making him the third player in the FCS nation with two multiple-pick showings in 2019.
The 2018 All-PFL Honorable Mention honoree was also a member of the 2019 Preseason All-PFL squad. He finished the year third in the PFL in tackles per game at 8.4 and also ranked among the league leaders in tackles for loss (13th), passes defended (ninth), interceptions (third) and forced fumbles (second).
Sophomore linebacker Jaxon Peifer (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community), fifth-year senior offensive lineman Jack Jarnigan (Los Gatos, Calif. / Los Gatos), junior wide receiver Deuce Larose (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons), junior punter Benjamin Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]), sophomore wide receiver Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground), junior defensive lineman Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville [East Tennessee State]) and fifth-year senior linebacker Nick Turner (Gurnee, Ill. / Warren Township) comprised Valpo’s group of seven All-PFL Honorable Mention selections.