Dorsey Ready To Make A Dent

University of Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey could be in line for a grand afternoon Saturday against a lightly-regarded Temple secondary. And another customary performance from the junior starter could bump him up to the top of the Hurricanes all-time record books.

Dorsey, a Heisman Trophy candidate, goes into tomorrow's game tied with Steve Walsh and Vinny Testaverde for the all-time lead in career touchdown passes at the University of Miami with 48. Dorsey reached the mark with two touchdown passes in Miami's 45-3 victory over West Virginia.

Dorsey, 100-of-168 with 13 touchdown passes and 1,607 yards on the season, is honored that his name is being floated around with some of the great Miami quarterbacks of the past.

"Forget the records and that stuff, just to be mentioned in the same sentence with those guys is pretty cool," Dorsey said. "They are good friends and have given me good advice since I've been here."

Dorsey is also closing in on Walsh's 23-1 record as a starter during the 1987-89 seasons. Dorsey, in his second year as full-time starter, is 20-1 in regular season starts. He is four victories shy of breaking the mark.

Walsh, who was in attendance in the Orange Bowl last week, would like to see Dorsey break the 23-1 mark. In order for Dorsey to accomplish that the Hurricanes would need to win their remaining games- which would likely include the national championship game.

"If he gets the 23-1, he'll get one of these," said Walsh, pointing to his 1987 national championship ring.

Dorsey, who has thrown a TD pass in 22 consecutive games, would need 17 touchdown passes the remainder of the season to eclipse another of Walsh's record in 1989. Walsh holds the single-season mark for TD passes in a season with 29.

"The records are nice, but I would like nothing more than a national championship," Dorsey said.


Off today, the top-ranked Hurricanes (6-0, 3-0) have concluded practice preparations for their contest against Temple (2-5, 1-3). The Hurricanes, who have the longest winning-streak in the nation at 16, own a 9-1 all-time series edge over the Owls. The game is part of Homecoming weekend.

UM head coach Larry Coker is confident his team is geared for the final stretch of the season which includes games at Boston College (Nov. 10), Washington (Nov. 24) and at Virginia Tech (Dec. 1). Coker is likes the idea that Miami will play on five consecutive Saturdays to close out the regular season.

"I think we're ready. We've got some people banged up, but the attitude is good and we had a solid week of practice," said Coker after the Hurricanes final practice before Saturday's game. "We looking forward of getting into a routine of playing every Saturday. We've only had a couple of occasions in which we've played on successive Saturdays. I'm hoping that our stretch run here will allow us to get in a rhythm, especially with the quality of opponents we have on our schedule."

The Hurricanes had a 19-day gap between their second and third games of the season due to the postponement of the Sept. 15 Washington contest. UM also waited 12 days after defeating FSU to get back on the field for a game.


Coker said after Thursday's practice that senior receiver Daryl Jones would play against Temple on a limited basis. Jones missed the Hurricanes contest against West Virginia with a high ankle sprain. Kevin Beard is the front-runner to start opposite Andre Johnson. Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams will start at their respective linebacking positions.

Out for Saturday's game: Backup running back Willis McGahee (knee) and junior defensive end Andrew Williams (Knee). Williams will likely miss the Boston College game as well.


UM offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez has been named to the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Team.

Gonzalez, a senior, will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will be recognized at the Foundation's 44th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 11 in New York City.

To be eligible for the postgraduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding ability as a first-team player and have demonstrated qualities as a leader and good citizen.

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