Ken Dorsey is one of the most beloved players in the history of Miami Hurricanes. It wasn’t just his 38-2 college career record and national championships, although that helped.
No, Dorsey was likable. Despite being from California, he had an “aw shucks” demeanor that endeared him to Canes fans. He was also known as a hard worker, spending hours and hours in the film room, determined to improve.
In retrospect, Dorsey was not a particularly talented quarterback. He was fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing team. He was throwing the ball to Andre Johnson and handing off to Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee. That makes anyone look better.
That’s not to say Dorsey wasn’t a good player. He was. His steady leadership and coolness under immense pressure was necessary for the Canes to have the success they did. Dorsey’s NFL career was ignominious with forgettable stints with the San Fransisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns. Dorsey finished his football career in 2011 in the CFL.
This past January, Dorsey was named the quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers, where he had spent the last two years as a pro scout. Coaching is a natural progression for Dorsey, who spent as much time in the film room as the coaches, and was a coach on the field in college in many ways. Many expect Dorsey to have success in the coaching ranks based on his work ethic and knowledge of the game.
James Coley was hired this year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has yet to develop his first real game plan or call his first play. It is unknown how he will do, although expectations are high.
However, college football is a transient profession, and most coaches aren’t sure where they will be next season, let alone five years down the road. Perhaps Coley gets a head coaching opportunity. Perhaps he follows former Canes offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch‘s footsteps and goes to the NFL.
Whichever it may be, if Coley leaves the Canes next year or five years from now, head coach Al Golden‘s first phone call should be to Kenny Dorsey.