Asked if Tennessee's defensive players might overlook a guy of Dorsey's modest stature, Chavis replied: ''I don't think so. They'd BETTER not. I remember we had a guy here who was probably not 5-7 who led the SEC in rushing. Tony Thompson did a tremendous job.''
Despite missing most of Tennessee's 1990 opener, Thompson rushed for 1,261 yards that season, the sixth-highest total in Vol annals. He proved that a little back can have a big impact ... even at the major college level.
Is Dorsey similar to Thompson? Chavis can't provide a definitive answer.
''You don't get to see him running the ball a lot last year,'' Chavis said. ''They featured the other back -- he's gone on to the NFL -- but you see Dorsey enough to see that he's fast. He's SCARY fast.''
Believe it or not, one of UNLV's reserve tailbacks looks up to Dorsey -- literally. Third-teamer Erick Jackson stands 5-6.