Ken Dorsey likes what he sees at Miami

BRADENTON, Fla. – Ken Dorsey was excited to be out at the IMG campus on Sunday for the first-ever Madden Football Academy.

Part of the reason for the former Miami quarterback’s smile, he was still thinking about his visit to the Hurricanes campus the day before.

Dorsey likes what he sees at his alma mater from first-year coach Al Golden and the new regime. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and Maxwell Award winner has visited Coral Gables several times since Golden was hired, including the spring game.

“Just the access they give a lot of alumni, the fact they really reach out and try and make a consertive effort to get alumni back and be part of the program, I think it’s exciting to see,” Dorsey said. “Seeing the energy and enthusiasm they bring every day on the practice field, you see it during practice and you see it during the summer camps when they’re dealing with the kids. That type of energy and enthusiasm along with their knowledge of the game will take them a long way.”

Several other former players feel the same way. Dorsey keeps in touch with guys like Kellen Winslow, Joaquin Gonzalez, Brett Romberg and Kevin Beard.

“I think everyone is excited about the future for that program,” Dorsey said. “I think everyone is excited about Coach Golden and what he’s bringing. I think every time you go down there, he’s there and really energetic and you can tell he’s excited himself. To have a head coach that will return phone calls if you call him and no matter what the situation is, he’s there for you now as a current player, or he’s there if you’re a player from the past. That’s exciting to see as a former player.”

Dorsey was part of one of the greatest runs in college football, leading Miami to a 38-2 record as the starting quarterback, including the 2001 National Championship. The school record holder for total offense, passing yards, passing completions and passing touchdowns, Dorsey doesn’t think it will be long until the current team sees the same kind of success.

“I’m really excited about where they’re going,” he said. “I think they have a great opportunity to do some really good things in the ACC, and play at the level of competing for multiple National Championships I think that’s always the expectation there, and with the level of talent they’re able to bring in, that’s always a possibility if they can pull it together on the field.”

Dorsey recently announced his retirement after playing six seasons in the NFL and one in the CFL. He’s now helping former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke with his program at IMG, and coaching at Riverview High in Sarasota. Coaching is where he’d like to end up.

“Hoping to get into college or pro one of these days, but right now I like what I’m doing,” Dorsey said. “Hopefully if the right opportunity arises in the future, we’ll definitely see where it goes. I started a little late for some of that stuff. We’ll see if something happens next year.”

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