Valdosta, GA -- Larry Dean is trying to keep his summer as routine as possible.
"Been doing the same thing as I would any other summer," Larry Dean says. "Getting ready to go into a camp. I don't know which camp but just getting ready to enter a camp."
He's putting himself through two a days. Lifting in the morning and conditioning in the afternoon to stay prepared for for when the lockout is lifted.
Dean adds, "I know blessing will be bestowed upon me with my good supporting cast and just keeping faith. You have that anxious feeling but never get discouraged because this is the game that I love to do and I'm going to play it."
"He has all the tools to be honest," adds VSU speed, strength and conditioning coach Michael Doscher. "What he lacks for in physicality sometimes, because you look at height positions and all that they say that they're lacking in, he makes up for in game smarts. He knows that if he can't get there, he knows the angles he has to take. He knows what he has to do to get to where he has to be."
While the lockout has put question into may players minds, Larry is staying positive throughout the experience, keeping his dream of playing in the NFL alive.
Dean adds, "You don't know what the future holds. You want to know but at the same time if it's for you then it will be there."
But the lockout might have been a blessing in disguise. It's allowing him to finish his degree.
Dean adds, "It's very important. I will be the first one in my immediate family to have a college degree. We have high hopes and everyone is so proud of me and they've been supporting me all the way through."
Hopefully the future will be a little clearer by the end of the month.