No Breaks

Florida State ended its summer conditioning workouts on Tuesday, and there probably wasn't a player who worked as hard as fullback <b>B.J. Dean.</b> Dean, in fact, has remained in Tallahassee since spring practice, determined to change his approach and work habits. While FSU fullbacks block primarily for tailbacks like <b>Lorenzo Booker</b> (pictured), Dean's hard work has paid off. Click here for an update.

B.J. Dean peeled the tape from his wrists and smiled.

Florida State's conditioning drills had ended minutes earlier and Dean, as usual, turned in a solid performance. He helped the set the pace in the 110-yard sprints, each step a reflection of his determination.

"I haven't taken a break since spring -- me and Bobby Meeks have been working out every day," Dean said, wiping the sweat from his brow.

"I did not go home (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) at all this summer. I am ready to get started, man."

For the first time in two years, the Seminoles should have three healthy fullbacks ready for the start of practice next week -- Dean, James Coleman and Torrance Washington. Dean set the tempo as Coleman (shoulder) and Washington (knee) continued to recover from surgery/injuries.

Dean, a redshirt junior who signed with FSU as a linebacker, has added noticeable bulk to his upper body and is tipping the scales around 245 pounds. His approach was by design.

"I felt like I need to make a change in myself to help the team. That's why I made the sacrifice, not to go home or anything. I just wanted to get everything together," said Dean, who was moved to fullback two springs ago.

"I added a lot of muscle. I went into the summer, right after spring, at 260. I am around 245 to 247 now. And I lost 3.5-percent body fat. They are going to measure it again to see how much I lost.

"But I am excited. I am ready to get going."

Dean, who started seven games last year and played in 11 of 13 games overall, led all Seminole fullbacks and ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 61 yards rushing on a career-high 20 rushing attempts.

Dean added four receptions for 30 yards.


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