Healthy Choice

Florida State junior defensive lineman <b>Brodrick Bunkley</b> is another Seminole who has made positive changes this offseason. Two years ago Bunkley reported to Tallahassee as an unsure freshman, not knowing what to expect. Heavy and out of shape, Bunkley struggled during two-a-days. That's not the case these days. A confident Bunkley is taking all the right steps in preparation for the upcoming season. Click here for an update.

While a smiling Brodrick Bunkley admits his mother may think he's a tad too heavy -- "She thinks I have a little bit of a gut but I told her that's common at D-tackle" -- Bunkley believes he's in the best shape of his life.

Bunkley, Florida State's talented junior defensive tackle from Tampa Chamberlain High School, is at a career-high 290 pounds.

"I've been near there before but I was never able to run at 290," Bunkley said.

"Now it feels natural almost. Hopefully, I can go into the season this way."

The 6-foot-3 Bunkley has been a standout during the Seminoles' summer conditioning drills in preparation for the start of two-a-day practices next month.

An imposing figure with massive shoulders and arms, Bunkley has been working hard to make sure he builds on his performance from last season.

Bunkley played in all 13 games and started two at noseguard (Virginia and Wake Forest) for an injured Jeff Womble. He ranked third among defensive lineman with 38 tackles (19 solo, 19 assisted).

Bunkley also added a career high eight stops, five quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups, one and a half sacks, and a fumble recovery.

"I just feel good about this year," said Bunkley, who is quick with a wide smile and hearty laugh.

"I've had dreams about it every night. I am eager to see what we can do."

Bunkley has made noticeable strides arriving in Tallahassee two summers ago.

In fact, a grinning Bunkley doesn't want to remember those good ol' days. He reported at 285 pounds -- but it wasn't a healthy 285 pounds. He was heavy, a tad soft and out of shape.

"I came in too heavy I was eating and working out -- no running," Bunkley said.

"And that heat. Whew -- 115 degrees, 40 (added) pounds. It just took a toll on me (smiling). I've shot up to 290 now but the difference is I feel comfortable at the weight. Hopefully, this will be my playing weight."

Bunkley said a change in his eating habits this offseason helped his preparation. He replaced fast foods with salads.

"Yeah, I did for a minute," a grinning Bunkley said when asked if he was making the right decisions at the dinner table. "I did for a couple of months.

"Now I am back to whatever I can get my hands on to eat. I had to lose weight. I was eating junk food and it had me feeling sick all the time. I am still trying to eat salads. But I've kind of stopped on the salads and now back into steaks."

Bunkley's also into helping make a difference this season. Of course, FSU will be tested immediately, opening the season at state rival Miami.

"I was just talking about that with Gerard Ross," Bunkley said. "Everything is going by so quickly. We have two-a-days right around the corner. It seemed like a couple days ago we were having bowl practice. Time sure does fly but I want to make the best of it."

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