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Bios of 2004 Fullbacks and Tailbacks

Bios of 2004 Fullbacks and Tailbacks

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May 24, 2004

#28 Lorenzo Booker
Tailback, 5-11, 187, Sophomore
Ventura, CA (St. Bonaventure)

At Florida State: Will battle junior Leon Washington for the starting honors at the tailback position…is ranked second on the depth chart behind Washington at the beginning of preseason practice…will be an impact player nationally and in the ACC as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield…the ACC Rookie of the Week following his 87-yard rushing, one touchdown performance against North Carolina in his first career game in 2002…named the most dependable running back and earned the second effort award for the offense during spring practice in 2004…named the top newcomer on offense by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2003…announced his intentions to attend Florida State live on ESPN on signing day in 2002.

Freshman Year (2003): Played in 10 of Florida State’s 13 games and finished as the Seminoles’ third leading rusher with 334 yards behind Greg Jones…ranked third on the team in rushing touchdowns with three and tied for fifth on the team with three touchdowns scored…lead FSU in rushing for the first time in his career with 35 yards on 12 carries against Notre Dame…led the Seminoles with six catches against Clemson…began the season in a rush with 129 yards on 18 carries (7.2 yards per carry) against North Carolina and Maryland before injuring his knee against the Terps in the second game of the season…rushed for his single-game career-high of 87 yards and scored his first career touchdown in his first career game against the Tar Heels…touchdown came on a dazzling 21-yard run in the second quarter…also caught four passes for 45 yards and amassed 132 yards of total offense in his debut and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against the Tar Heels… missed the Georgia Tech, Colorado and Duke games with a sprained knee ligament and a sprained ankle…career-long rush of 71 yards came in Florida State’s victory over NC State to clinch the ACC Championship…scored Florida State’s first touchdown against Miami in the Orange Bowl on a nine-yard run in the second quarter…had three games of 11 or more carries including a career-high against Notre Dame…led Florida State in rushing attempts in victories over North Carolina and Notre Dame.

2002: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 2002…regarded as the nation’s top prospect at tailback…named a Parade All-American and to the PrepStar Dream Team…top-rated running back in the nation according to Parade Magazine…’s No. 3 rated prospect in the nation…earned USA Today All-USA first-team honors as a senior…No. 1 rated running back in the nation according to…Tom Lemming’s No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 running back in the country…ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior…added 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores…rushed for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior…compiled state records of 8,502 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns during his three-year high school career…led his team to a 42-0 record during his varsity career…earned Player of the Year honors for the state of California as a junior…selected Florida State over Notre Dame, USC and Washington.

Personal: Born June 14, 1984…majoring in English.

Booker’s Rushing Statistics
Year Att. Yards Avg. TD Long
2003 62 334 5.3 3 71
Totals 62 334 5.3 3 71

Booker’s Receiving Statistics
Year No. Yards Avg. TD Long
2003 19 86 4.5 0 20
Totals 19 86 4.5 0 20

Booker Facts
Games Started 0
Carries 12, at Notre Dame, 2003
Rushing Yards 71, vs. NC State, 2003
Rushing Touchdowns One in three games in 2002

#36 James Coleman
Fullback, 6-0, 245, Junior
Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida High School)

At Florida State: Will battle B.J. Dean for the starting honors at the fullback position entering pre-season practice in 2004…started four games at the position as a part time starter alongside Dean last year…an experienced player who has seen action in 21 games over the first two years of his career…was a starter at the fullback position in the 2003 Orange Bowl…walked on to the team during the fall of 2002 after playing at nearby Florida High School for four years…was solid in spring drills in 2003 and earned three awards including Most Improved Running Back, the best Non-Scholarship Player (offense) and the Big Hitter Award (offense).

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in all 13 games while starting four…was the starter at the fullback position for Florida State against Miami in the Orange Bowl…gained nine yards on two carries against the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl…also earned starting assignments against Miami, NC State and Florida during the regular season…totaled 16 yards on two carries in two games against Miami…career-best day came against Maryland with 11 yards on two carries and a long rush of nine yards…caught a single-season career-high four passes with one each coming against North Carolina, Colorado, Miami and NC State.

Freshman Year (2002): Saw action in the final eight games of the season as a backup at fullback to B.J. Dean and Torrance Washington after walking on to the team in the fall.

High School: Graduated from Florida High School in Tallahassee in 2002…was a four-year varsity letter winner…versatile player who saw action at fullback, defensive tackle and linebacker throughout his career…a two-time All Big Bend selection…earned all-state first-team honors as a junior and all-state second-team honors as a senior…earned honors all four years at Florida High including Freshman Player of the Year, Defensive Line Player of the Year as a sophomore and team MVP honors as a junior and senior…was also pegged the Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…also participated in track and weightlifting all four years.

Personal: Born July 26, 1984…majoring in sport management.

Coleman’s Rushing Statistics
Year Att. Yards Avg. TD Long
2003 12 37 3.1 0 9
Totals 12 37 3.1 0 9

Coleman’s Receiving Statistics
Year No. Yards Avg. TD Long
2003 4 26 6.5 0 14
Totals 4 26 6.5 0 14

Coleman’s Facts
Games Started: 4, 2003

Carries: 2, four games
Rushing Yards: 11, vs. Maryland, 2003
Catches: 1, four games
Receiving Yards: 14, NC State, 2003

#49 Chad Canfield
Fullback, 5-10, 236, Junior
Eustis, Fla. (Apopka)

At Florida State: Will work to earn playing time at the fullback position…earned plenty of playing time on special teams in 2003…entered Florida State as a walk-on linebacker in 2002 and begins the 2004 season as a scholarship fullback…was moved to the offensive backfield during the early part of the 2003 season when injuries created a depth problem…competing against first teamer B.J. Dean and experienced backups James Coleman and Torrance Washington at fullback…will again be featured on most of FSU’s special teams.

Junior Year (2003): Played in all 13 of Florida State’s games including the Orange Bowl game against Miami…all of his playing time came on special teams…first career kickoff came against Florida in the Seminoles’ 38-34 victory to close out the regular season.

Sophomore Year (2002): Sat out after transferring to Florida State from Florida.

Freshman Year (2001): A member of the football team at the University of Florida but did not see any game action.

High School: Graduated from Apopka High School in 2001…a 6A all-state first-team defensive selection during his senior season…earned all-district, all-Metro and All-Orange County first team honors as a senior linebacker…captain of the defense as a senior…played in the Metro All-Star game and the Dixon/Ticonderoga All-Central Florida All-Star game following his senior season…named the Orlando Touchdown Club Player of the Year as a senior…played at Eustis High School during his sophomore and junior seasons…earned All-District and All-County defensive honors as a sophomore and junior…named the county defensive Player of The Year as a junior…totaled 573 total tackles during his career…the salutatorian of his senior class with a 4.2 grade point average…a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born Jan. 26, 1983…majoring in accounting…dad played linebacker at Youngstown State University.

#35 B.J. Dean
Fullback, 5-11, 258, Junior
Tuscaloosa, AL (Central)

At Florida State: Enters fall practice as the starting fullback for the second consecutive season…has started 15 games and played in 23 games over the last two seasons…an excellent run blocker…originally signed with Florida State as a linebacker, but made the move to fullback in the spring of 2002…has played in two BCS Bowls during his career – Sugar in 2002 and Orange in 2003…named the most dependable running back by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2002…one of the leaders of the offensive unit…very mature player on the field.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in 11 of Florida State’s 13 games including the Seminoles’ Orange Bowl game against Miami…started seven games at the fullback position…led all Seminole fullbacks and ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 61 yards rushing and a career-high 20 rushing attempts…had at least one carry in 10 of the 11 games he played in as a sophomore…scored his first career touchdown against Duke in the Seminoles’ 56-7 victory over the Blue Devils…gained a single-game career-high 12 yards in consecutive games against Miami, Virginia and Wake Forest…had a career-high four carries in consecutive games against Virginia and Wake Forest…career-long run of nine yards came against Miami during the regular season…caught a single-season career-high four passes for 30 yards…caught a nine-yard pass against both Notre Dame and Clemson for his single-game career-highs.

Freshman Year (2002): Started eight games while sharing time as the starter at the fullback position…played in 12 of Florida State’s 14 games including the Sugar Bowl against Georgia…had the first carry of his career against Georgia…made the move from linebacker in the spring…key member of a Seminole ground game that ranked 35th nationally (187.0 yards per game) and produced a 100-yard rusher in eight games… rushing offense ranked third in the ACC and total offense ranked second.

2001: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from Central High School in 2001…recorded 76 solo tackles and 56 assisted tackles as a junior…made 200 tackles as a senior…earned all-state accolades following his junior season …reported 400-pound bench press…given a two-star rating by…chose Florida State over LSU and Mississippi State.

Personal: Born Dec. 2, 1982…majoring in business.

Dean’s Rushing Statistics
Year Att. Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 1 5 5.0 0 5
2003 20 61 3.1 1 9
Totals 21 66 3.1 1 9

Dean Facts

Games Started: 15
Carries: 4, at Virginia, 2003
4, vs. Wake Forest, 2003
Rushing Yards: 12, vs. Miami, 2003
12, at Virginia, 2003
12, vs. Wake Forest, 2003
Catches: 1, against 4 teams, 2003
Receiving Yards: 9, at Notre Dame, 2003
9, at Clemson, 2003

#3 Leon Washington
Tailback, 5-9, 202, Junior
Jacksonville, FL (Andrew Jackson)

At Florida State: Sensational all-around player who will fill the starting role at tailback with the graduation of Greg Jones…ranked second on the team in rushing yards last year behind Jones despite playing in only nine games…named co-MVP on offense along with Chraphonso Thorpe at last year’s awards banquet… established a single-game school record with 159 yards on seven punt returns against Wake Forest during his sophomore season…broke Bobby Jackson’s 29-year old mark of 137 yards against Virginia Tech on Dec. 16, 1974…named the ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance against Wake Forest…has returned two kicks for touchdowns during the first two years of his career – a kickoff for 97 yards against Clemson during his freshman season and a punt for 65 yards against Wake Forest during his sophomore season…ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards during his first two seasons and has totaled 1,903 all-purpose yards (82.8 yards per game) entering the 2004 season.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in nine of Florida State’s 13 games including the Orange Bowl…was the second leading rusher with 387 yards and a 5.2 yards per carry average despite missing four games…dislocated his right elbow in the first quarter of the season opener against North Carolina…missed the next four games (Maryland, Georgia Tech, Colorado and Duke) and was limited against Miami…prior to being injured against North Carolina, he had one rush for 27 yards, one catch for 11 yards and one kickoff return for 13 yards (all in the first six minutes of the game)…Washington’s punt return for a TD against Wake Forest was the first by a Seminole since Peter Warrick’s 59-yard return against Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl…rushed for a season-high 121 yards on 17 carries against NC State, the highest total by a Florida State running back during the season…scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime against the Wolfpack on a 12-yard run to clinch the Seminole’s 11th ACC Championship in 12 years as a league member… rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries in Florida State’s victory over Virginia and 65 yards on 15 carries in the Seminoles’ victory over Florida.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in all 14 games and served as the Seminoles’ starting tailback in the final two games of the season (NC State and Florida)…ranked fourth on the team with 273 yards rushing and caught six passes for 30 yards…the Seminoles’ leader with 760 total return yards and led the team in punt return average (11.5 yards per return) and kickoff return average (28.3)…ran for a career-high 134 yards on 26 carries and scored his only rushing touchdown of the season in Florida State’s 31-14 win over Florida…became the first true freshman to record a 100-yard rushing game since Travis Minor had 142 against Florida in 1997…his 26 carries against the Gators were more than he had through the first 12 games of his career up to that game…twice named ACC Specialist of the Week for his performances against Clemson and Duke…led the Seminoles in rushing in the Sugar Bowl vs. Georgia with 48 yards on 10 carries… returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score against the Tigers…recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for a touchdown vs. Duke…finished the year with 11 tackles on special teams with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

High School: Graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2002…an exceptional all-around athlete who excelled at running back, cornerback and wide receiver…named Mr. Florida in football in 2002 after a senior season during which he was dominant on both sides of the ball… earned Florida Times Union Player of the Year honors…rated the No. 3 prospect overall in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel…Alliance Sports’ No. 7 prospect overall in the nation…named to the PrepStar Dream Team…the No. 1 cornerback in the country as rated by…the No. 7 cornerback in the country according to…’s No. 9 player overall…Florida Kids’ No. 28 prospect from the state of Florida…named to Bill Buchalter’s Florida Super 26…also earned recognition on the Athlon Sports Top 100 High School Seniors, SuperPrep’s Top 100 nationally, and Max Emfinger’s Top 200…rushed for 2,437 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior…was a threat on kick and punt returns, returning three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns…defensively, had 88 tackles (52 unassisted) and three interceptions…selected Florida State over Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Maryland.

Personal: Born August 29, 1982…majoring in liberal studies.

Washington’s Rushing Statistics

Year Attempts Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 60 273 4.5 1 18
2003 74 387 5.2 1 27
Totals 134 660 4.9 2 27

Washington’s Put Return Statistics
Year Returns Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 34 392 11.5 0 32
2003 16 189 11.8 1 65
Totals 50 581 11.6 1 65

Washington’s Kickoff Returns
Year Returns Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 13 368 28.3 1 97
2003 8 125 24.6 0 77
Totals 21 565 26.9 1 97

Washington Facts
Games Started 1, vs Florida, 2002
1, vs. NC State, 2002
Carries 26 vs. Florida, 2002
Yards 134 vs. Florida, 2002
Receptions 4, at Clemson, 2003
Receiving Yards 23, at Clemson, 2003
Kick Returns 3, vs. Notre Dame, 2002
3, at Florida, 2003
Kick Return Yards 126, at Florida, 2003
Kick Return Touchdowns 1 vs. Clemson, 2002 (97 yards)
Kick Return Long Play 97 vs. Clemson, 2002

#20 Torrance Washington
Fullback, 6-1, 241, Sophomore
Madison County, FL (Madison)

At Florida State: Begins the season in a battle for playing time at the fullback position with B.J. Dean and James Coleman…listed third on the depth cart at fullback as preseason practice begins…an excellent runner between the tackles…a big, physical back who can run over defenders or around them…needs to be more consistent as a blocker…missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Sophomore Year (2003): A redshirt season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 27 as he suffered an injury in preseason practice.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in 13 games while starting three during his true freshman season…fourth on the team with three rushing touchdowns…one of only two true freshmen to score a touchdown in 2002…finished the season with 18 carries for 86 yards (4.8 average)…third on the team in average yards per carry… found the endzone against Virginia, Duke and Notre Dame…recorded his career-long rush of 20 yards at Louisville.

High School: Graduated from Madison High School in 2002… led Madison to Class 2A state championship…rushed for 1,161yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior…ran a 4.52 40-yard dash…posted a vertical leap of 33 inches…transferred to Madison from Bradenton Southeast, the school that produced Todd Williams and Peter Warrick…chose Florida State over Mississippi State, Kentucky, West Virginia and Carolina.

Personal: Born December 8, 1983…enrolled in liberal studies.

Washington’s Rushing Statistics
Year Att Yards Avg TD Long
2002 18 86 4.8 3 20
Totals 18 86 4.8 3 20

Washington Facts
Games Started 3, 2002
Carries 6 vs. Clemson, 2002
Rushing Yards 38 vs. Clemson, 2002
Rushing Touchdowns One in three games in 2002

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