Dorsey and Dowling are disruptive

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Demar Dorsey and Jonathan Dowling stayed in the spotlight Saturday during the 2010 Under Amour Game. Each made big plays and the Gators have to be happy to have them coming to Gainesville.

Demar Dorsey made his presence known early when he upended running back Michael Dyer and turned him a full flip in the first quarter.

Some have questioned Dorsey's toughness, but he showed then and a couple other times on Saturday that he is not scared to stick his hat on the opposition with some force.

Shortly after Dorsey popped Dyer, Jonathan Dowling picked off a pass and took it to the house.

The 6-foot-3, 180 pound safety was playing the nickel position when he read the quarterback's eyes and picked the pass off before gliding into the end zone untouched.

That wasn't all for Dowling.

In the second half, the receiver ran an out route and he appeared to be open. He was open just momentarily because Dowling closed on the receiver quickly and snatched the ball out of the air for his second interception on the day.

Dorsey did not want to be left out, so he joined the act as well.

He had multiple opportunities to make plays on the ball deep in the secondary and he finally got one in the second half and almost took it the distance.

Dowling has excellent ball skills and he showed great instincts the second half of the week from mostly the nickel position. He is a future free safety or possibly wide receiver at Florida because he still has to prove that he can play physical.

Dowling does the chomp.
If he shows that and adds strength, then he could be an outstanding safety in The Swamp, but if not, he will be a dangerous receiver on the outside with great size, speed, and hands.

Dorsey plays very aggressive in the open field at a high speed and he has no problem lowering his head and making a tackle. He has the speed that could get him a look early at corner, but he may be best fit to play centerfield at one of the safety positions.

He was in position to contest for at least three interceptions on Saturday, but he did not attack the ball well. He was running behind the receiver waiting for the ball to come to him, but he needs to step in front of the wideout, attack the ball at its highest point, and make a play on it.

Both Dorsey and Dowling had outstanding games and they are two of the top overall athletes in the Sunshine State.

Dowling was picking passes off and doing the Gator chomp often inside Tropicana Field while Dorsey was talking smack, dancing at every opportunity, picking off the opposing quarterback, and delivering a few big hits.

This duo is talented and excited to be Florida Gators.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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