June 28, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition - Intangibles

 Cards from top to bottom, left to right:  2003 Press Pass Big Numbers #BN6, 2003 Bowman #146 (RC), 2003 Ultra #167 (RC)

Ken Dorsey was not the most coveted quarterback prospect in the class of 1999 mainly due to his size.  Standing 6'4" tall and weighing less than 200 pounds, many universities believed that Dorsey did not have the necessary bulk nor the arm strength to develop into a premier college quarterback.  Dorsey did however possess great intangibles such as intelligence, leadership, and the ability to manage an offense.  Those skills were enough for Dorsey to garner an offer from the University of Miami.

1999:  Dorsey began his college career as a backup to incumbent starter Kenny Kelly.  Kelly was injured during a game against Virginia Tech which force Miami to start Dorsey for the remainder of the season.  Dorsey became the first freshman to start a game for the Miami Hurricanes since 1978.  Dorsey showed promise in those 4 games by completing 60% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions while leading the Hurricanes to victory in each of his starts.  Kenny Kelly quit football to focus on his baseball career.

2000:  Ken Dorsey's sophomore season did not get off to the start that he envisioned.  Dorsey struggled in the second game of the season which led to a heartbreaking loss against the Washington Huskies.  Dorsey and the Hurricanes then would begin an impressive stretch of football prowess.  The Hurricanes would go on to win 10 straight games due in large part to the impressive play of Dorsey.  The Hurricanes averaged over 41 points per game in those final 10 games while Dorsey finished the season with 2,737 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions.  Dorsey earned first team All Big East honors and also won the Most Outanding Player award for his play in the 2001 Sugar Bowl victory over the Florida Gators.

2001:  Dorsey and the Hurricanes continued their amazing run entering the 2001 season.  Dorsey led the Hurricanes' offense to a very impressive season as they averaged over 43 points per game.  The Hurricanes won 11 straight games to start the season and earned themselves a berth in the BCS National Championship Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Miami dominated Nebraska with the help of Dorsey winning their 5th National Championship 37-14.  Dorsey completed 22 of 35 passing attempts for 362 yards and three touchdowns earning himself co-MVP honors with Andre Johnson.  Ken Dorsey finished the 2001 season with 2,652 passing yards and 23 touchdowns while winning the 2001 Maxwell award for most outstanding college player and finishing 3rd in Heisman award voting.

2002:  Entering his senior season, Dorsey had led the Hurricanes to 22 straight victories and a National Championship.  Once again, he led the Hurricanes to an undefeated regular season and another berth to BCS Championship Game, this time to face Ohio State.  In what many consider to be the greatest BCS game ever played, the Hurricanes lost in a hard fought game to Ohio State, handing Dorsey only his second loss in his collegiate career.  Dorsey finished the 2002 season with 3,369 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.  He finished fifth in the 2002 Heisman voting.

When Ken Dorsey graduated in 2002, he held the top spot for Miami Hurricanes in all the following categories:

Passing Yards (9,565)
Completions (668)
Touchdowns (86)
Victories (38)
Consecutive Games with a passing touchdown (31)

Add all the above with a 38-2 record and you will see why Ken Dorsey is the greatest collegiate quarterback to ever don the jersey of the Miami Hurricanes.

And they said he was too skinny.

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