Preseason Camp: Fullbacks

Fullback looks very strong for the Florida State Seminoles this season. <b>James Coleman</b> and <B>B.J. Dean</b> shared starting honors last year. <b>Chad Canfield</b> has shown great promise, while <b>Torrance Washington </b>has returned from missing last season with a knee injury. And let's not forget incoming freshman <b>Joe Surratt,</b> who is big and physical. Click here for this update from running backs coach <b>Billy Sexton.</b> Last year the veterans blocked for Greg Jones (pictured).

Here is what FSU running backs coach Billy Sexton had to say about his fullback position:

"James Coleman, B.J. Dean, Torrance Washington, Chad Canfield. B.J. is healthy, James is healthy. Both of them did well in summer school. Torrance did well in summer school.

"The whole question with Torrance is his knee going to be back where it was 18 months ago. He's kind of the mystery guy right now. If he's healthy, he's really a talent. He can do everything.

"James really developed last year as a blocker. Turned into a heckuva blocker for us. B.J. played hurt all year and was not 100 percent. But he gave it everything he had.

"Those guys are all 240, 260 pounds and they can match up against inside and outside linebackers. I feel very, very confident with them in the I-formation.

"James and B.J. developed as runners last year. I think even with more practice they will be better there, so they can run that inside run for us. Blocking, I feel very comfortable with those guys. Canfield was primarily a special teams player but he got a little better overall at the fullback position.

"I have Joe Surratt coming in as a freshman. Joe is a 260-pounder in high school, and he was very good in high school. It's going to take him some time to learn the offense and try to figure out what to do. Physically, he's a very strong, tough player who showed good running skills and caught the ball in high school. Now we just have to plug him into our system."

CLOSER LOOK

B.J.Dean
Junior who started seven games at fullback last season, playing in 11...will have to hold off James Coleman and Torrance Washington to win the starting job this year. ... made the move over from linebacker in the spring of 2002...led all fullbacks with 61 yards rushing on 20 carries in 2003...also caught four passes for 30 yards…had a career-high four carries in back-to-back games at Virginia and against Wake Forest... sixth on the team with 61 yards rushing…had at least one carry in nine of the ten games he played in.

James Coleman
A part-time starter at fullback in 2004 who will battle B.J. Dean and Torrance Washington for starting honors this season...was held out of spring practice after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery...played in all 13 games and started four at fullback for the Seminoles (Maryland, NC State, Florida and Miami in the Orange Bowl). ... came to Florida State as a walk-on in the fall of 2002...earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2003 season…had a career-long 14-yard carry last season against NC State...laid the big hit that opened the hole for Leon Washington's game winning touchdown run in the second overtime against NC State…rushed for nine yards on two carries in the Orange Bowl vs. Miami.

Torrance Washington
A big physical back who was signed in 2002. ... rushed for 1,161 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Madison County High School. ... led Madison to Class 2A state championship. ... ran a 4.52 40-yard dash and posted a vertical leap of 33 inches. ... transferred to Madison from Bradenton Southeast, the school which produced Adrian McPherson, Todd Williams and Peter Warrick.


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