Honors & Awards
» All-Big Ten Third Team (2018, Coaches & Media)
» NU Defensive Back of the Year (2018)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018)
2019 Season Outlook
Cornerback Dicaprio Bootle was a standout performer in 2018, starting all 12 games for the Nebraska defense. The 5-10, 195-pound junior teams with senior Lamar Jackson to give the Huskers one of the Big Ten’s top cornerback tandems.
A Florida native, Bootle has outstanding speed and coverage skills. He broke up a team-high 15 passes last season, the second-highest total in school history and the most by a Husker since 2004. Bootle’s 15 breakups led the Big Ten and ranked in the top 10 nationally, helping him to third-team All-Big Ten accolades.
Bootle started all 12 games at cornerback in his sophomore season, and he put up impressive numbers. Bootle posted a career-high 39 tackles in 2018 and also forced the first fumble of his career. He was a disruptive force in the passing game, as he broke up 15 passes, the second-highest total in school history and the most by a Husker since Fabian Washington also had 15 breakups in 2004. Bootle’s 15 breakups led the Big Ten and ranked ninth nationally, while his average of 1.3 passes defended per game ranked 16th nationally. Bootle totaled 39 tackles and 15 breakups after entering the season with 15 career tackles and no career breakups. For his efforts, Bootle was a third-team All-Big Ten selection, becoming the first Husker cornerback to be honored by the conference since 2015.
Bootle recorded three tackles in the season opener against Colorado with his first two career pass breakups, and he had one tackle against Troy, when the Huskers limited the Trojans to 110 passing yards. He added four tackles at No. 19 Michigan and had a career-high five pass breakups, the third-highest total by an FBS player in 2018. Bootle’s five breakups at Michigan ranked third in school history and tied for the most pass breakups by a Husker in a Big Ten Conference game. He then had three breakups the next week vs. Purdue while totaling a career-high seven tackles. Bootle made five tackles at No. 16 Wisconsin and tallied four tackles the next week at Northwestern.
In Nebraska’s win over Minnesota, Bootle had three pass breakups, his third game of the season with at least three breakups. Bootle added another breakup the next week vs. Bethune-Cookman, while also totaling three tackles. At No. 8 Ohio State in the first game of November, Bootle made three tackles and broke up one pass. He had three tackles in Nebraska’s win over Illinois and four tackles in the Huskers’ victory over Michigan State when MSU quarterback Rocky Lombardi completed only 15-of-41 pass attempts. Bootle closed his sophomore season with one tackle at Iowa, when the Huskers held the Hawkeyes to 153 passing yards.
2017 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bootle appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, including his first career start against No. 9 Ohio State. He primarily lined up at cornerback, but earned the start at safety against the Buckeyes. Bootle was a versatile contributor for the Big Red on both defense and special teams, totaling 15 tackles on the season with one tackle for loss.
In his career debut, Bootle recorded a pair of stops against Arkansas State in the season opener. He followed that performance with four tackles at Oregon. Bootle’s third game with multiple tackles came in his start against Ohio State, when he also recorded his first career tackle for loss. Against Iowa in the regular-season finale, Bootle totaled two tackles, marking his fourth game with multiple tackles.
Bootle redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Southridge HS)
Bootle was a standout for Coach Billy Rolle at Miami’s Southridge High School. As a senior in 2015, Bootle helped Southridge to an 8-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Florida Class 8A playoffs. Bootle totaled 64 tackles and two interceptions from his cornerback position, while also causing three fumbles and recovering two others.
Bootle was also a standout at Killian High School in 2014, helping the team to a 14-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals. Bootle was also a track standout and posted top times of 10.64 in the 100 meters and 21.36 in the 200. He finished third in the 200 at the state track meet.
Bootle was ranked among the nation's top 60 cornerbacks by ESPN and was listed as one of the top 200 prospects in Florida by 247Sports. Bootle only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers, including Illinois, Temple and UCF.
Dicaprio was born on Sept. 17, 1997, and is the son of Dwight and Caliope Bootle. He is a management major. Bootle has volunteered with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.