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.