KENOSHA, Wis. – Danny Booth didn’t come to football at a young age, but eventually thought “Why not?”
He’s big, he’s strong and he likes to hit people. What else is needed?
After first playing football as a high school freshman, the former Morton football and track and field standout now is playing his football for Carthage College.
“I was a big kid, and people wanted me to try and play football,” Booth said. “I thought ‘I guess I got nothing better to do.’ I like to hit people and all the hard work is pretty much worth it and bonding with your teammates.”
As a freshman offensive lineman last fall, Booth earned four starts and expects to keep his starting spot full time this season.
“It was a good learning experience,” Booth said of last year’s playing time. “It’s much faster in college and it was good competition.”
Booth was a state qualifier in track and field his senior year at Morton and played offensive and defensive line in football. At Carthage, Booth is focusing on offensive line and seeing the benefits.
He is hoping to stay on top of his game as a sophomore.
“I want to be a lot quicker because the game pace is a lot faster up here,” he said. “I have to be in shape. You gotta use all the technique up here or you will be exposed.”
One of the things that helped him improve his strength and explosiveness in high school was throwing discus and shot put for Morton. A state qualifier in both events his senior year, Booth admits to missing track and field a bit, but is enjoying focusing on football.
He also misses his days on the Morton football team despite failing to make the playoffs.
“It was a little rocky, but the family, the chemistry we all had, I miss that,” Booth said.
The Berwyn native has a new group to bond with at Carthage and said he is looking forward to something other than football this fall.
“Believe it or not, classes,” he said. “I have my gen eds out of the way so most of my classes are in my major.”