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Ken Dorsey

Dorsey in 2008
No. --     Free Agent
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: April 22, 1981 (1981-04-22) (age 28)
Place of birth: Orinda, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Miami (Fla.)
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241
Debuted in 2004 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TD-INT     8-18
Passing yards     2,082
QB Rating     55.2
Stats at NFL.com

Kenneth Simon Dorsey (born April 22, 1981 in Orinda, California) is an American football quarterback. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

A two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Miami, Dorsey played for the Cleveland Browns from 2006-2008.

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Early years

Dorsey attended Miramonte High School in Orinda, California, and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was a USA Today Honorable Mention All-USA selection. In basketball, he was a two year letterman and as a senior, averaged 10.0 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals per game.

College career

While at the University of Miami, Dorsey was known as a consummate winner, leading the Hurricanes to the 2001 national championship and posting a record of 38-2 as the team's starting quarterback. Dorsey also effectively rewrote the school record book, setting career records for total offense (9,486 yards), passing yards (9,565), passing touchdowns (86), pass completions (668), pass attempts (1,153), victories as a starting quarterback (38), winning percentage by a starting quarterback (.974), 200-yard passing performances (31), consecutive passes without an interception (193), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (31), and touchdown passes in a game (5).

In addition, was named the co-MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl (in which Miami defeated the University of Nebraska to win its fifth national championship), Offensive Player of the Year twice (2001, 2002), and First-team All-Big East three times (2000, 2001, 2002). Dorsey was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in both 2001 and 2002 and the winner of the 2001 Maxwell Award, which is given to the national collegiate player of the year.

In 2002, he led Miami to an undefeated regular season and a National Championship berth, where Miami would fall to eventual champion Ohio State in what is remembered as one of the all-time best bowl games in the history of college football. In double-overtime Dorsey and the Hurricanes were upset in their bid to win a second straight national championship. He passed for 296 yards, 2 TD's, and 2 picks. Miami finished the season 12-1, ranking second behind the Buckeyes. Dorsey finished the season with 3,369 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was once again a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

He earned a degree in business management/marketing.

Professional career

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San Francisco 49ers

Despite a strong college career, Dorsey was selected in the 7th round (pick 241) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. In his first two seasons in the NFL, he played in nine games (starting in seven), completing 171 of his 316 pass attempts, and throwing for 1,712 yards and eight touchdowns with eleven interceptions. He has a career passer rating of 63.5. He started the season as the third QB behind Tim Rattay and #1 pick Alex Smith, moving into the backup role after the trade of Tim Rattay to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went on to start three games for the injured Alex Smith. In a week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks, Dorsey led an inspired comeback and was a 2 point conversion away from sending the week 11 game into overtime.

Cleveland Browns

Dorsey during his tenure with the Browns.

In May 2006, Dorsey was traded to the Cleveland Browns along with a 7th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft for veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer, after having just re-signed with the 49ers. During training camp, Dorsey and Derek Anderson competed for the 2nd string position behind starter Charlie Frye. In the battle which ended in a virtual tie, Dorsey went on to serve as the 3rd string quarterback behind Anderson for all of the 2006 season. Dorsey was named the starter for the week 17 game against the Houston Texans but the previously injured Charlie Frye replaced him just minutes before the game. The Browns went on to lose to the Texans as Frye threw an interception and no touchdown passes.

Dorsey's hopes of becoming a starter for the Cleveland Browns became much more bleak after the Browns drafted quarterback Brady Quinn of the University of Notre Dame with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Quinn and Dorsey battled for position on the Browns' QB depth chart throughout the 2007 NFL Pre-season. On September 1, 2007 the Browns released Dorsey. After a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh in Week 1, Frye was traded to Seattle and Dorsey was re-signed by the Browns in a reserve role. Derek Anderson had a break-through season in 2007, further diminishing the chances of Dorsey receiving playing time.

On November 30, 2008, Dorsey was sent in to the game against the Indianapolis Colts after Derek Anderson was injured; he made two passes, one incomplete the other an interception. On December 2, Derek Anderson was put on injured reserve ending his season. Dorsey was named the starter for the remainder of the 2008 season. However, Dorsey was injured during the December 21st game that was against the Bengals. Fourth string QB Bruce Gradkowski started in place of Dorsey in week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dorsey was released by the Browns on February 9, 2009.

Dorsey is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Lakewood Ranch Mustang's high school football team in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Derek Anderson
Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks
2008
Succeeded by
Bruce Gradkowski
Preceded by
Tim Rattay
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks
2005
Succeeded by
Alex Smith
Preceded by
Kenny Kelly
Miami Hurricanes starting quarterbacks
1999-2002
Succeeded by
Brock Berlin
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Drew Brees
Maxwell Award
2001
Succeeded by
Larry Johnson

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