Dunham rehabbing, preparing for bigger role

Sophomore fullback being held out of spring practice following surgery in early March.

Matt Dunham is an intriguing player for the Seminoles.

With a 6-foot-2 and 250-pound frame and ability to make things happen with the football – he set high school rushing records in the state of Georgia – he has the opportunity to become something special at Florida State.

But first he must he get healthy.

Dunham is not participating in spring practice as he recovers from surgery in early March to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

"I am just trying to get healthy right now," Dunham said. "All I can really do out here right now is abs and cardio and stuff."

When he does return to action, it should prove interesting to see how he fits into new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher's scheme. In his true freshman season a year ago, Dunham was used sparingly and at season's end was listed as the third team fullback.

But with new coaches and all positions up for grabs, No. 40 says he's eager to prove to Fisher what he can do.

"My main objective is to win the starting fullback job," Dunham said. "I just have to work hard and do what coach asks of me."

It's possible that Fisher may ask Dunham to do a variety of things for the offense. With depth concerns at tight end, it's not a long shot to think that he could be used in that role should the situation call for it.

As of right now, however, Dunham said he's not exactly sure what the coaches have planned for him.

"(The coaches) haven't said anything about what my role is gonna be yet," he said, "I've just got to see what they have in store for me when I am healthy. Either way, I am willing to do whatever. Blocking, catching passes, running the ball, being a short-yardage runner, it doesn't matter to me."

Dunham said that he currently weighs 252 pound and plans on getting down to around 240.

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