Dorsainvil At Defensive End Was Not To Be

What a short, weird trip it's been. The story of spring practice now has its ending, and fans will have to look to basketball as their only means of catching a glimpse of Frantz Dorsainvil.

After just eight practices, the Frantz Dorsainvil experience has ended. The 6-foot-8-inch 260 pound would-be defensive end was absent for Tuesday's practice session. Head football coach Mike Bellotti discussed Dorsainvil's departure after practice.

Bellotti mentioned that coach Ernie Kent approached him and emphasized Dorsainvil's importance to the team. Kent mentioned the need for Dorsainvil to participate in basketball conditioning this off-season. Whether or not quitting was something Dorsainvil was planning on doing anyway remains to be seen.

But defensive line coach Michael Gray discussed Dorsainvil's development over spring.

"It's tough. Most people take (the basics) for granted. He never even played football in high school. He was so far removed from the game of football. It's a little different from basketball. In football your reactions are so important. He never had developed the fundamentals of playing (defensive line): your body position, your hands and your feet. It takes a lot of instincts," commented Gray.

Gray continued, "Kids play from Pop Warner all the way up through high school, and usually when we get them they've got those fundamental instincts down. He was a couple years removed from getting the fundamentals down."

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