The skinny on Ken Dorsey

Quarterback Ken Dorsey of Miami falls to the 49ers with the No. 241 pick in the final round of the 2003 NFL Draft. The Niners are getting one of the most successful QBs in the history of the college game.

Positives…Dropback passer with good arm strength…Sets up quickly to see the field and looks very comfortable with his follow-through…Rarely forces the ball and gets rid of the pigskin with a smooth motion…Can makes the short and deep throws…Puts good zip behind his attempts, displaying a tight spiral…Knows how to take something off the ball to make the easy toss and shows great confidence in his touch…Takes his time spotting his targets and never is rattled by pressure…Displays great presence in the huddle…While he is mostly a dropback passer, he does have the agility to roll out of the pocket and throw on the run…Knows how to look defenses off to spot his secondary targets.

Negatives…Has a tall, thin, almost frail frame and needs to add more bulk…Not that elusive in the pocket…Had adequate arm strength and can throw long, but is more effective in the intermediate passing area…Will overthrow at times when flushed out of the pocket…Throws a tight spiral in the short area, but his long ball tends to flutter a bit… Seems to have difficulties eluding when defenders generate a fierce pass rush…Fair weather passer (most quarterbacks are) who seems to struggle when playing in poor weather (see 2001 Boston College game).


Unassuming field general who was 38-2 as a starter and led the Hurricanes to another unbeaten regular season in 2002…Led his team to victory in 34 consecutive games, the longest winning streak of any starting quarterback since Oklahoma's Steve Davis (1973-75)…Led Miami to three Big East Conference championships and was undefeated as a starter in BIG EAST play (25-0)…Owns nearly every significant Miami passing record, including most touchdown passes (86), passing yards (9565), pass completions (668), total offense (9486), pass attempts (1153), 200-yard passing games (31) and consecutive passes thrown without an interception (193, 1999-2000)…Has also thrown for over 300 yards ten times and for two or more touchdowns 28 times during his career…Led the Hurricanes to victories in three major bowl games the last three seasons: the 2000 Gator Bowl (vs. Georgia Tech), the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl (vs. Florida) and the 2002 Rose Bowl (vs. Nebraska).

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