First, returning starter C.J. Brown tore his ACL in training camp.
Thus, for the final four games, Maryland was forced to use converted linebacker Shawn Petty at the game's most important position.
Not surprisingly, the passing game went in the tank. Dorsey, who had a productive junior season of 45 catches, 573 yards and three touchdowns, had an abysmal senior campaign of 18 catches, 311 yards and four touchdowns.
"It was something that I don't think has happened in football where your first-string, second-string, third-string and even your backup's backup got hurt at quarterback," Dorsey told Packer Report on Thursday, a couple days after having a pre-draft visit with the Green Bay Packers.
Dorsey, a team captain, said he never felt sorry for himself, even though the revolving door at quarterback sabotaged his draft prospects.
"It wasn't necessarily me. I felt bad for all the seniors," he said. "You want to go out with a bang and have a good senior year and you can at least win more than six games and make it to a bowl. Just to make it to a bowl would have been exciting to help the younger guys understand what it means to win. The biggest thing that hurt me is it wasn't a winning season."
The Terrapins started 4-2 but lost their last six games. In the first five of those losses, they failed to score more than 18 points. At least Dorsey ended his season on a relative high note. His two catches against Florida State went for touchdowns of 42 and 33 yards, and his one catch in the finale against North Carolina went for a 28-yard score.
The Packers sent a scout to Maryland's pro day, where the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder ran in 4.47 seconds with a 38-inch vertical. His size "fits the mold in Green Bay," Dorsey correctly observed.
Dorsey is known for his work ethic. The lead to a Washington Post story in 2011 starts with Dorsey, then a high-schooler, doing sprints while attached to a weight sled in freezing weather.
"You have to prepare," Dorsey said. "Proper preparation prevents poor performance. I live by that. What you put in is what you're going to get out. Whether it's rainy outside or it's icy or it's a really hot day, you've got to make that sacrifice. That's how I was brought up by both of my parents and it's what I live by to this day.
"I'll show up and work every single day. No distractions. I'll be completely committed to the team and what it takes to win, whether it be as a receiver or doing something on special teams. Whatever it takes for the organization to excel, that's my job and that's what I'm bringing to the table."
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