Ken Dorsey

Kenneth Simon Dorsey (born April 22, 1981) is a former American football coach and quarterback. He is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). Dorsey played college football for the University of Miami, where he was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and played for the Cleveland Browns from 2006 to 2008. He was then the quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers from 2013 to 2017.

Ken Dorsey
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Dorsey in 2008
Buffalo Bills
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born:April 22, 1981 (age 37)
Orinda, California
Height:6 ft 5[1] in (1.96 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Orinda (CA) Miramonte
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 241
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass completions:214
Pass attempts:408
Passing yards:2,082
Player stats at

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, Dorsey 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, Dorsey led Miami to an undefeated regular season and a national championship berth, where Miami would fall to eventual champion Ohio State. 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 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. 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.

Dorsey was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame at its 45th Annual Induction Banquet on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Jungle Island in Miami.

College statistics

Year Team GP Cmp Att Pct Yards TDs Int
1999 Miami 6 74 120 61.7 807 10 2
2000 Miami 11 188 322 58.4 2,737 25 5
2001 Miami 11 184 318 57.9 2,652 23 9
2002 Miami 13 222 393 56.5 3,369 28 12
College Totals 41 668 1,153 57.9 9,565 86 28

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Despite a strong college career, Dorsey was selected in the seventh round with the 241st overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, due in part to concerns over Dorsey's arm strength. 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 started the 2005 season as the third quarterback behind Tim Rattay and #1 pick Alex Smith, moving into the backup role after the trade of 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 two-point conversion away from sending the 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 third-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 into the game against the Indianapolis Colts after Derek Anderson was injured; he completed 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 21 game that was against the Bengals. Fourth string quarterback Bruce Gradkowski started in place of Dorsey in week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dorsey was released by the Browns on February 9, 2009.[2]

For a brief time, Dorsey was the quarterbacks coach for the Lakewood Ranch Mustangs high school football team in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. On April 26, 2011, he was named offensive coordinator at nearby Riverview High School (Sarasota, Florida).

Toronto Argonauts

On May 26, 2010, Dorsey signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, where he backed up former Miami Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon.[3] On May 3, 2011, Dorsey announced his retirement from professional football.[4]

Post-playing career

The Carolina Panthers hired Dorsey as a pro scout on August 15, 2011.[5] During the 2011 off season, Dorsey was an IMG employee who trained NFL quarterbacks Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, and Joe Webb, and wide receiver Randall Cobb.[6]

Dorsey was hired as the Panthers' quarterbacks coach on January 23, 2013.[7] In the 2015 season, Dorsey and the Panthers reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[8] On January 9, 2018, he was fired.[9]

Dorsey was hired in March 26, 2018 to be the assistant director of athletics for the Florida International University sports program at Florida International University effective April 2018. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was quoted as saying "He'll bring a newness and spark to FIU. Not only is he a hard worker, but he has a vibrant killer instinct. He's a known proven winner over the years."[10]

Dorsey was hired on February 2, 2019 to be the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.


  1. ^ Ken Dorsey Hurricane Football. CBS Interactive. 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2016
  2. ^ "Cleveland Browns 2009 Preview". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Argonauts add Dorsey to Growing List of Quarterbacks
  4. ^ "Ken Dorsey retires: Former Miami Hurricanes QB Ken Dorsey retires from CFL".
  5. ^ Florio, Mike (August 15, 2011). "Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as advance scout". Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  6. ^ LAYDEN T. THE REAL THING. Sports Illustrated Kids [serial online]. November 2011;23(10):50.
  7. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (January 22, 2013). "Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach". Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  8. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Panthers part ways with OC Mike Shula, QB coach Ken Dorsey". January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Former 'Canes QB Ken Dorsey reunites with Butch Davis as FIU assistant AD". Retrieved March 27, 2018.

External links

2000 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 2000 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2000 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 75th season of football and 10th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by sixth-year head coach Butch Davis and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 11–1 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Sugar Bowl where they defeated Florida, 37–20.

2001 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 2001 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2001 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 76th season of football and 11th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by first-year head coach Larry Coker and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–0 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Rose Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game, and defeated Nebraska, 37–14, to win the school's 5th national championship. The team is considered by some Miami fans to be the greatest in college football history.

2001 Sugar Bowl

The 2001 Sugar Bowl a 2000–2001 BCS game was played on January 2, 2001. This 67th edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the Florida Gators, and the Miami Hurricanes, in an in-state rivalry game. Miami came into the game ranked 3rd in the BCS, 2nd in both the Coaches and AP Poll, at 10–1, whereas Florida came into the game ranked 7th in the BCS at 10–2.

Florida started the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Florida quarterback Rex Grossman to tight end Kirk Wells. Miami responded with a 44-yard Todd Sievers field goal to trim the lead to 7–3. Later in the quarter, quarterback Ken Dorsey fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey, and Miami took a 10–7 lead after 1 quarter.

Todd Sievers kicked a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter to extend the lead to 13–7. Florida kicker Jeff Chandler kicked a 51-yard field goal before halftime to get the Gators to 13–10. In the third quarter, running back Earnest Graham rushed 36 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, and Florida took a 17–13 lead.

Ken Dorsey later fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to running back D.J. Williams, and Miami reclaimed the lead, 20–17. A Ken Dorsey touchdown later in the quarter increased the lead to 27–17. Florida got within 27–20 following a Jeff Chandler field goal, but Miami scored the game's final 10 points to close the scoring.

The game featured a rare penalty incurred by a mascot. Sebastian the Ibis received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for excessive celebration when he celebrated a Miami touchdown with Najeh Davenport.

2002 Miami Hurricanes football team

The 2002 Miami Hurricanes football team represented the University of Miami during the 2002 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Hurricanes' 77th season of football and 12th as a member of the Big East Conference. The Hurricanes were led by second-year head coach Larry Coker and played their home games at the Orange Bowl. They finished the season 12–1 overall and 7–0 in the Big East to finish as conference champion. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game, and lost to Ohio State, 31-24, in double overtime, ending the 34-game winning streak they had brought into the game.

2002 Rose Bowl

The 2002 Rose Bowl, played on January 3, 2002, was a college football bowl game. It was the 88th Rose Bowl game and was the BCS National Championship Game of the 2001 college football season. The game featured the Miami Hurricanes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, marking the first time since the 1919 Rose Bowl, and only the third time in the game's history, that neither the Big Ten nor the Pac-10 Conferences had a representative in this game. The Hurricanes won the game, 37–14, for their fifth national title. Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey and wide receiver Andre Johnson were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game.

2003 Fiesta Bowl

The 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl took place on January 3, 2003, in Tempe, Arizona, at Sun Devil Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Miami Hurricanes by a score of 31–24 in double overtime. It also served as the BCS National Championship Game for the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The game was the second overtime result in either the Bowl Championship Series, or its predecessors, the Bowl Alliance or the Bowl Coalition, the first being the January 1, 2000 Orange Bowl between Alabama and Michigan.

2004 San Francisco 49ers season

The 2004 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 59th season, and 55th season in the National Football League.

The 49ers hoped to improve upon their disappointing 7–9 output from the previous season. However, the 49ers finished the season with the worst record in football, managing only two victories, both coming against division-rival Arizona Cardinals in overtime. The 49ers earned the #1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, where they selected quarterback Alex Smith, who would play for the team for eight seasons.

Head coach Dennis Erickson was fired after the season.

The season marked changes for the 49ers, who lost three key members of the 2001 team: Quarterback Jeff Garcia was released in the off-season and later signed with the Cleveland Browns, running back Garrison Hearst went to the Denver Broncos, and controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens went to the Philadelphia Eagles, where they lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Cie Grant

Willie "Cie" Grant (born November 27, 1979) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the Ohio State University. During the final fourth down play in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, a blitzing Grant applied quick pressure on Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, forcing an incompletion and clinching the BCS National Championship. He graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1998. While at NPHS he participated in numerous sports as well as performing with Delphian Chorale, the high school's select choir.

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Joaquin Gonzalez (American football)

Joaquin Antonio Gonzalez (born September 7, 1979) is a former professional National Football League offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts.

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List of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division.

Since joining the NFL in 1950, the Browns have had 57 different quarterbacks start in at least one game for the team. Pro Football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham, the team's first quarterback, led the Browns to three NFL championships in their first six seasons in the league. Since resuming operations in 1999 after a three-year vacancy, the franchise has been notable for its futility at the quarterback position. From 1999 through week 4 of the 2018 season, the team had 30 different players start at quarterback. Tim Couch, the Browns' first overall draft pick in 1999, is the only quarterback in that stretch to start all 16 games in a season for the team, having done so in 2001. The Browns have started more than one quarterback in 17 consecutive seasons.

List of San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks

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Miami Hurricanes football statistical leaders

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Miami began competing in intercollegiate football in 1926, but these lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1926, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.. The Hurricanes have played in 12 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

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Scott Bull

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Touchdown Club of Columbus

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Ken Dorsey—championships, awards, and honors

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