Q&A with Ken Dorsey

"I'd be a fool if I didn't feel like I had something to prove. A lot of people passed up on me, and I'm just so excited about my opportunity right now with the 49ers. Not just because I'm in the NFL, but because I'm with a great franchise. This is a team I've always dreamed about playing for, and who better to prove a point with than the team you grew up idolizing?"

Q: Being a product of the San Francisco Bay Area, what was your reaction to be drafted by the 49ers?

Dorsey: I'm thrilled. As a kid growing up, my idol was Joe Montana, so who can argue with coming to the San Francisco 49ers, with that kind of tradition?

Q: Was there a time when you began worrying that you might not be drafted at all?

Dorsey: When it gets that late, that starts to be a concern. I'm really not disappointed or upset about where I went, I just feel like now I have something to prove, and I want to do that.

Q: Can you talk about the development you apparently made between the NFL Combine and your private workout with the 49ers?

Dorsey: I just wanted to make sure that wherever I went, I had a good workout. Unfortunately, leading up to the Combine I didn't have a chance to throw to too many receivers. I feel bad for my guys in Miami because I hassled them to the point that they were sick of me. But I just wanted to make sure to do some kind of throwing every day, whether it be to a receiver or into nets so that I was prepared. I just felt like I was in season form (during my 49er workout).

Q: How have you been able to on so much muscle since the end of your senior season in January?

Dorsey: I was 189 (pounds) at the end of the season, and right now I'm about 215. I've put on a great deal of weight, and been able to maintain that weight. I'm still growing and I'm going to continue to get stronger. I know it's something I need to get better at.

Q: What are the benefits of gaining that sort of weight in such a short time?

Dorsey: I feel like the ball has been coming out a lot better, and to be honest, my spiral has gotten a lot tighter because I haven't had to try to overpower a throw. I've just been focusing on having a nice, smooth throwing motion. A lot of that has to do with the added strength; that's given me a lot of confidence.

Q: There's been mixed reviews about your ability to play in the NFL. What's your feeling about your prospects for success?

Dorsey: I'm very excited about my opportunity. I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to play football. It's a physical game; that's why you have to put on the weight. I'm in a perfect situation right now, because I have an opportunity to come in and compete, and also have an opportunity to learn from a lot of smart guys who are already within the organization.

Q: What do you bring to the 49ers that the NFL scouts just couldn't measure?

Dorsey: Definitely the intangibles - your leadership and competitiveness and desire for winning. I've always said that if you ask an NFL head coach what the most important thing is during the season, they're going to say winning. That's my only focus, and the only thing I've been concerned with.

Q: There seems to be a logjam at quarterback within the Niners organization. What's your feelings about that competition?

Dorsey: Naturally there's competition wherever you go; that's part of being a football player. I've been able to meet a few guys, and they're all good guys, and I'm just excited to be part of that mix. Q: Do you have a chip on your shoulder about being drafted so late, and almost not being drafted at all?

Dorsey: I'd be a fool if I didn't feel like I had something to prove. A lot of people passed up on me, and I'm just so excited about my opportunity right now with the 49ers. Not just because I'm in the NFL, but because I'm with a great franchise. This is a team I've always dreamed about playing for, and who better to prove a point with than the team you grew up idolizing?


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