Despite Stats, Coach Calls Dorsey 'Playmaker'

Intangibles and physical tools make Maryland's Kevin Dorsey an intriguing addition to receiver corps. Maryland position coach Lee Hull called Dorsey perhaps the "hardest-working kid I've ever coached."

By the end of the NFL Draft on Saturday, 27 receivers had been selected.

None of them had stats anywhere as small as those of Maryland's Kevin Dorsey.

Then again, none of them had to deal with the circumstances that dogged Dorsey during a senior season gone haywire.

First, returning starting quarterback C.J. Brown tore his ACL in training camp.

On Oct. 20, Perry Hills tore his ACL and Devin Burns broke his foot. A week later, Caleb Rowe tore his ACL.

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 — not to mention the team's bowl aspirations. 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 pretty tough, especially having to adjust to a new quarterback each and every week," said Dorsey, who admitted to being "speechless" upon being drafted. "It was very unfortunate for so many guys to go down at that position. The good thing is, they'll have a speedy, healthy recovery. It was definitely difficult having so little production and having a new guy in there almost every week or every two weeks. It was something you had to adjust to and fight through."

Added general manager Ted Thompson: "It was quite a chore being a receiver."

Maryland receivers coach Lee Hull couldn't say enough good things about the player he expected to have a breakout senior season. Dorsey, however, showed a flash of his potential in the final two games. His two catches against Florida State went for touchdowns of 42 and 33 yards, and his lone catch against North Carolina resulted in a 28-yard touchdown.

"It was one of those things where we couldn't get him the ball," Hull said. "We had to be very vanilla because we were teaching a different quarterback our system every week, so we really couldn't expand on what we were doing. He kept his head in it and never really got down. When we needed a play and the ball came to him, he made a play. Like I told him during the year, it's not how many catches you make but what you do with the opportunities that you get. So, catch the ball, make a play and people will notice you.

"He's a playmaker and those games showed the ability he has. He has huge hands and can catch everything."

Dorsey boasts some intriguing measurables. At about 6-foot-1 1/2, he has nice size, and he has outstanding athleticism with a 4.47 in the 40 and a 38-inch vertical. His 9 5/8-inch hands would have tied for ninth out of the 39 receivers at the Scouting Combine, his 33 3/8-inch arms would have tied for fourth and his 17 reps on the bench would have tied for seventh.

But, as with his statistics, Hull said to look beyond the numbers.

"He's a hard-working kid — if not the hardest-working kid I've ever coached," Hull said. "Great kid, classy kid, real respectful kid."

Some of those intangibles come from attending Forestville (Md.) Military Academy rather than a traditional high school. He earned the rank of colonel at the 1,000-student school, working alongside the principal and "an actual two-star general" in "micromanaging" different parts of the school.

"Just to have the opportunity to be in that leadership position (was an asset) because it's first-hand experience to learn what the business world is like and kind of try to manage things as a whole," Dorsey said.

Dorsey, who had a pre-draft visit with the Packers, said he laughs whenever he sees one of State Farm's Aaron Rodgers-inspired "Discount Double-Check" ads. And he knows there's a spot on the roster there for the taking with just three proven receivers on the roster.

"You definitely see an opportunity," he said. "But before that, I actually kind of fell in love with the team and the area before I really looked even at the depth chart and the opportunity aspect of it. I mean, that's really a bonus, if anything, so I guess it's a win-win for myself to have such an opportunity and have a place where you want to be and play at a great location for a great franchise."

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