Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Battle of the Bulge Florida State Offensive Lineman Char-Ron Dorsey Has Some Big Shoes to Fill -- His Own

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Battle of the Bulge Florida State Offensive Lineman Char-Ron Dorsey Has Some Big Shoes to Fill -- His Own

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TALLAHASSEE -- Lugging his 6-foot-7, 345-pound frame through two-a-day football drills is a chore Florida State junior offensive tackle Char-ron Dorsey lives with easily. It's the heavy heart -- burdened by love, loss and family responsibility -- he quietly carries that can be overwhelming at times.

While adept at allowing his happy-go-lucky disposition to mask frustration, disappointment and even anger, Dorsey discovered last week that even he has limits.

Frustrated by his third-team status -- a demotion directly linked to his failure to report to training camp at 315 pounds -- and the constant badgering by coaches over his weight, Dorsey walked away from the Seminoles' Wednesday evening practice. A heated discussion with line coach Jimmy Heggins proved to be the breaking point.

"He was just frustrated, I'm sure, because of his weight," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "When he was missing, I really didn't worry about him. I said, `That rascal will come back.' He's too smart not to realize what he's throwing away."

Sure enough, just 12 hours after walking away from what looms as a multi-million-dollar career in professional football, Dorsey reported for strength coach Dave Van Halanger's 6 a.m. conditioning run.

"It's not like I'm lazy or just lay down or just give up," Dorsey said. "I'm going to get it down and I just want to stop hearing all about that."

There's little doubt where Dorsey could end up once he makes his way into FSU's starting lineup. The former Bolles School football-basketball standout is blessed with remarkable quickness and foot agility, long arms and ample strength.

In short, he's a quarterback's dream.

"For him to walk away, I didn't want to see that," FSU quarterback Chris Weinke said. "I'm glad to see that he's back.

"I think he's got the potential to be one of the best-ever here. Just physically look at him. I just think he's got a lot to offer and I think that his time is going to come. He needs to realize that, and he needs to realize if he keeps working hard he's going to get his opportunity to play."

For Dorsey, that opportunity has been a long time coming.

"I'm in my junior year now and it's passed me by quick," said Dorsey, who turns 22 on Nov. 5. "I haven't even played yet."

A highly touted defensive tackle recruit as a senior at Bolles, Dorsey played sparingly as a true freshman before shifting to offensive tackle for spring practice. Were it not for a neck sprain during two-a-day practices prior to the start of last season, Dorsey may well be starting ahead of Tarlos Thomas instead of pushing him.

"Sometimes I get down on myself," Dorsey said, admittedly frustrated. "I want to make it. I want to make it to the next level.

"I know I'm going to get my degree. That's not the big problem. I always wanted to do it for my momma. I don't want her to work any more. I want to get her a nice house, a nice car."

The soft-spoken youngster said he feels it's the least he can do for Lucille Dorsey, who has raised four boys virtually alone in her Christian home on Jacksonville's East 16th Street, not far from the Duval Detention Center.

"My world revolves around her because she brought me up in the right way," Dorsey said. "The side of town I lived on, I could have been who knows where.

"I've always been that momma's boy, and whatever I can do for my mom I'm going to to do it."

It's important to understand Dorsey's dedication to his mother and brother, 9-year-old Kalon, who is fast becoming a carbon copy of the big brother he idolizes.

"He is a big guy. It's just in our genes," Dorsey said. "He looks up to me a lot. That's why I know that I have to do something with my life. ... That's why I've got to make it."

MEMORIES OF HIS FATHER

Throughout his adolescent years, Dorsey heard stories of his father's athletic exploits. …

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