Monday, June 28, 2010

Dorsey begins CFL career as backup

Former Lakewood Ranch High assistant coach and University of Miami standout quarterback Ken Dorsey will begin his first Canadian Football League season as a backup with the Toronto Argonauts.

Dorsey, who signed as a free agent with Toronto last month, goes into this week’s regular season opener as the number two signal caller behind former Miami Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon.

Dorsey, who still owns mostly all of the University of Miami passing records, hopes he can win the starting job after he makes up for his late start and gets to know the Argonauts offense.

Lemon’s claim to fame was quarterbacking the Dolphins to their only victory during the 2007. He signed with the Argonauts last March after spending time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 29-year-old Dorsey was a seventh round pick in the 2003 NFL draft BY San Francisco and played two seasons for the 49ers before being traded to Cleveland. He was released by the Browns after the 2008 season.

His best season came in 2004 when he threw for six TDs with nine interceptions and completed 123 of 226 passes for 1,231 yards. For his NFL career, Dorsey threw for 2.082 yards with eight TD passes and 18 interceptions.

The 6-4, 220 pounder had a great career at Miami leading the Hurricanes to the 2001 national title and took them to the 2002 BCS National Championship game where they lost to Ohio State in overtime.

He compiled a 38-2 record as a starter while setting career records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns and victories. He also threw 193 consecutive passes without an interception.

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