A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile Maryland's feature receiver.
Kevin Dorsey, Senior (RS), Wide Receiver, #12
Major: Economics (graduated)
Collegiate Stats: 63 receptions for 777 yards and five touchdowns, 13 tackles (six assisted)
High School Stats (Senior Year): 50 catches for 902 yards and 11 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, one interception return for a touchdown, one kickoff return for a touchdown
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars by Rivals (#154 overall, #3 in Md., #19 WR), Scout (#25 WR), three stars by ESPN (#57 WR)
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Hometown: Forestville, Md.
High School Highlights:
Nothing that we could find, so let's go with this:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Coming out of Forestville, Kevin Dorsey was one of the top wide receivers in the nation. Depending on how wide you cast your net, he was one of the top prospects in the nation, and was rated as such by most every recruiting expert out there. After a stellar junior year, he followed up with a great senior year. He started at both wide receiver and free safety in high school, starring at both positions.
During the final game of his sophomore year of high school, Dorsey (at the time named Kevin Chapman) moved from quarterback to wide receiver at halftime, catching three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a lost. After the game, he stood in front of his team, and told them "If you don’t like this feeling, if you want to win the state championship next year, you’ll be in the weight room on Monday."
Despite his accolades and his status as a high-profile recruit, Dorsey was only offered by Maryland, Connecticut and Marshall (and possibly Illinois, but we’ve been unable to confirm that). This is probably because he committed to Maryland extremely early in the process – he was class of 2008 but pledged to the Terps in July of 2006.
Dorsey graduated a semester early from high school, enrolling at Maryland in the spring of 2008. He suffered from an injury to his left foot, however, and had surgery that caused him to redshirt that first year. As a freshman in 2009, he played in all twelve games and caught three passes for 17 yards, as well as leading the Terps in special teams tackles with eight.
In 2010, as a sophomore, Dorsey played in all thirteen games, starting against East Carolina in the Military Bowl. His 15 receptions were good for fourth on the team, and he posted 187 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as five tackles on special teams. He came into his own towards the end of the season, catching multiple passes in six of the last eight games and catching a 45-yard touchdown pass in the Military Bowl.
Last year, Dorsey started to put it all together as a feature receiver, starting in ten games (he missed two due to injuries). He caught 45 passes for 573 yards and three scores, setting career highs in every conceivable category, and providing C.J. Brown and Danny O'Brien with a reliable target. He was at his best at the beginning of the year, with eight catches for 124 yards in the season opener against Miami and nine catches for 79 yards and a touchdown against West Virginia.
Kevin "Boobie" Dorsey. It's his real nickname, and it would be foolish to think we could come up with anything better.
The opening game against Miami, where he helped seal the win.
Missing two games last season to injury.
Dorsey becomes the third Terp ever with 1,000 receiving yards in one season.
His stats stay at around the same level as last year as Maryland's priority stays with the running game.
Kevin Dorsey stands on top of the depth chart at WR-X (the feature receiver position), ahead of Devin Burns and Amba Etta-Tawo. He's a lock to be a starter as long as he stays healthy, but he's had foot injuries multiple times in his career.
Regardless, coming off a breakout year, it's hard not to notice the similarities to Kerry Boykins in career paths. Both came out of high school as highly touted, four-star receivers, and both were successful players on special teams before finally getting a chance to be a consistent part of the passing game last year. Both did well, but Dorsey shined brighter - he was the unquestioned number one receiver throughout the year, and will look to improve on that in his final season at Maryland.
It's easy to forget that Dorsey missed two games last year, because the season itself was forgettable in every way, but he did. He also missed his first season due to foot surgery, so it's something to keep in mind. If healthy, he's a great all-around receiver, with playmaking ability, good hands and an eye for the ball. He doesn't have the explosiveness of Torrey Smith or the straight speed of Darrius Heyward-Bey, but he's a good number one receiver in the ACC and has a lot of different skills to bring to the table.
Regarding the possibility of him becoming the third Maryland receiver with 1,000 yards - it's a possibility, but a pipe dream. Let's first focus on C.J. Brown throwing for 1,000 yards (sorry, Ben).
Another two-parter. Remember, you have to get both for the point.
1) The subject of our next profile has a Grey Cup victory under his belt.
2) One of the players he coached was a walk-on and then proceeded to break just about every school record and many conference ones, posting three straight 1,000 yard season in college before bouncing around on NFL practice squads. Who is the player?
Terpsonfire has a two point lead.