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Morning Links: Former Ute Booker is a perfect fit in Denver; Michigan State gets to know BYU; George Hill isn't Batman

Denver Broncos rookie running back Devontae Booker runs after fielding a pass during an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos rookie running back Devontae Booker runs after fielding a pass during an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Former Utah running back Devontae Booker is the perfect fit for the Broncos' offense, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.

"It isn't just the production which stands out about Booker. From a schematic standpoint, he is an ideal match in (Gary) Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme," Rang wrote. "Booker recognizes holes in the defense quickly and he has a gliding style which allows him to find the crease and explode through it easily. Once at the second level, Booker's power takes over."

But it's not just Booker's running ability that makes him a solid fit in Denver.

"Unlike most bullish backs, Booker is also a terrific receiver out of the backfield, showing soft hands and good recognition as a route-runner and pass blocker," Rang wrote. "The all-around style should help him carve out a significant role in Denver's offense as a rookie and before too long quite possibly push (C.J.) Anderson and (Ronnie) Hillman aside as the Broncos' lead back."

The Broncos selected Booker in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, but he still needs to recover after going through a knee surgery his senior season. However, it sounds like Booker has landed in an ideal spot if he can get and stay healthy.

Michigan State gets to know BYU

Dan Murphy of ESPN broke down the Cougars as part of his series previewing all the Big Ten's nonconference games.

"The BYU game could end up being a pivotal one for the outside perception of the Spartans' program in 2016," Murphy said. "The Cougars will be underdogs in East Lansing, but they have enough talent on both sides of the ball to challenge Michigan State. A loss to BYU, if it’s mixed in with a few other setbacks against the top-tier Big Ten teams, would be seen as a step backward toward average for Mark Dantonio's team."

Murphy also noted new BYU head coach Kalani Sitake's tough first schedule.

"The Cougars face UCLA, Michigan State, Mississippi State and rival Utah in the first seven weeks of the season. That’s not exactly a friendly welcome for a first-time head coach," Murphy wrote. "If BYU can win any two of those matchups, the coaching staff will have given its fan base reason to believe it is capable of doing good things in Provo."

George Hill isn't Batman or Robin for the Jazz

Fans of the Dynamic Duo will be disappointed in Hill, according to Karthik Narayanan of Purple & Blues. However, Hill doesn't have to be the Caped Crusader to make a positive impact in Utah.

"George Hill isn’t Batman. He isn’t even Robin," Narayanan said after breaking down Hill's defensive ability. "However, the Jazz don’t need a Batman or Robin. They need someone who can speak up about the importance of a game and the importance of each possession during crunch time. And they’ll listen to someone who has been to playoffs seven times and was very close to getting to the Finals."

So, does that make Hill the player Utah doesn't deserve, but the one that they need right now? Or are we all overthinking connections to the Dark Knight?

Lafe Peavler is a sports strategist for the Deseret News and KSL.com. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.