As a recruit: Phillip Dorsett committed to Miami in the spring of his junior year and never looked back. He turned down offers from schools like North Carolina and Ohio State and was fully committed to the Canes throughout his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas High.
As a Hurricane: Dorsett was able to work his way into the wide receiver rotation as a freshman in 2011 and he caught 14 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2012 and became a deep ball favorite of quarterback Stephen Morris. Dorsett finished that season with 58 catches for 842 yards and four touchdowns. He also averaged nearly 23 yards per kick return and was the team's primary punt return specialist. Big expectations followed him into the 2013 season. He was off to a big junior season, which included a long touchdown reception against Florida. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury against North Carolina and never really returned to the same form. He finished the season with 13 catches for 272 yards and two scores. Most of that production came in the first half of the season. He was able to get back on track in the spring, and emerged as the starter opposite Stacy Coley.
What to expect: Being one of the fastest players on the team, and in the entire conference, Dorsett had a huge sophomore season because of Morris' ability to throw an accurate deep ball. Morris struggled with injuries and inconsistency last season, and Dorsett was limited to basically half the season. It remains to be seen who will be throwing the football for the Canes this season. If it ends up being Ryan Williams, who doesn't throw many deep balls, don't expect Dorsett to come close to his 2012 numbers. If Kevin Olsen wins the job, Dorsett could be a major deep threat again. If it's Jake Heaps, it remains to be seen what role Dorsett will play. He has tremendous straight ahead speed but doesn't make a whole lot of people miss, and isn't much of a threat inside the redzone. His biggest asset is his ability to simply run by defenders down the field. If Miami's quarterbacks are able to connect with him downfield, he should have a big senior season. The emergence of Coley as the team's top receiver will limit his role somewhat as well. Despite his excellent speed, he's never really been a major threat in the return game and was passed on the depth chart in the spring by more capable teammates so don't expect him to play a big role there. Regardless of who's throwing the ball, Dorsett's speed will always be a threat to opposing defenses. It'll be up to James Coley and his quarterbacks to take full advantage of that.