Ken Dorsey

Born in Orinda, California, Ken Dorsey was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American for Miramonte High School, where he threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 52 touchdowns in only two years as starting quarterback.

Dorsey then attended the University of Miami where he started three games as a true freshman, throwing for 803 yards and 10 touchdowns, including one during the Hurricanes Gator Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. As a sophomore, Dorsey had an outstanding season, throwing for 2,737 yards and 25 touchdowns, with only five interceptions against him.

His junior year was his most successful from both an individual and team standpoint, as he passed for 2,652 yards and 23 touchdowns, leading a Hurricane offense that averaged 43 points a game. His solid numbers were made even more impressive by the fact that he only played two full games the entire season. Dorsey was a standout on the national scale as well, winning MVP honors in the Rose Bowl against Nebraska where the Hurricanes scored 34 points by halftime, cruising to an undefeated season and a national title. His impressive season earned Dorsey the Maxwell Award, as well as his second of three Big East first team honors.

After leading the Hurricanes to another undefeated regular season in 2002, Dorsey finished his Miami career with a 38-2 record as a starter, as well as Miami’s all-time leader in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts.

Dorsey was selected with the 241st pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he played 12 games. In 2006, Dorsey was traded to the Cleveland Browns and after stints in Cleveland and Toronto; Dorsey retired from football in 2011.

After retirement, the Carolina Panthers hired Dorsey as a pro scout, and during the offseason he helped train several athletes as an IMG employee. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Panthers.

Award Profile

Winner: The Maxwell Award - 2001

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