University of Miami Athletics

Ken Dorsey






210 lbs.




Orinda, CA

High School

Miramonte HS

CAREER: The latest in a long line of outstanding University of Miami quarterbacks…has distinguished himself from his predecessors at UM by breaking several career school records and setting a new standard of winning for a Miami QB…an excellent student who is a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team member (2000, 2001, 2002)…the 2002 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year who shared the award with teammate Willis McGahee…holds BIG EAST career records for touchdown passes, passing yards, pass completions and pass attempts…prominently mentioned in the Miami record books for career completion percentage (4th at 57.9%), touchdown passes thrown (1st with 86), passing yards (1st with 9,565) and total offense (1st with 9,165 yards)…compiled a remarkable touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio of 86 TDs/28 INTs in his career…owns four of the highest single-season completion percentage totals in UM history, having completed 57.9 percent in 2001, 58.4 percent in 2000 (11th in UM history) and 61.7 percent in 1999 (3rd) and 56.5 percent in 2002…has compiled an astounding 38-2 record as a starting quarterback at Miami, the best winning percentage in UM history…is the winningest quarterback in Miami history with 38 victories, a total that also ranks among the best in the history of college football…holds school career records for career touchdown passes, passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, victories…has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week seven times during his career (three times in 2002), the most ever by a Miami Hurricane…particularly effective in clutch situations, completing 205 of 333 (61.6%) attempts for 2,531 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions on third down passes during his career and 91 of 158 (57.6%) attempts for 1,359 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only 1 interception in fourth quarters of games during his Miami career.


2002 (SENIOR): Compiled single-season career highs for yardage, completions, touchdowns and attempts…completed 222 of 393 attempts (56.5%) for 3,369 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions…had an efficiency rating of 145.90…led the BIG EAST in passing yardage (259.2 ypg), total offense (256.2 ypg) and pass efficiency (145.90 rating)…on third down plays, he completed 78 of 123 (63.4%) attempts with only 4 interceptions for 1,011 yards (13.0 yards per completion), 56 first downs and 11 touchdowns…56 of 123 (45.5%) third-down passes resulted in first downs…in fourth quarter action, Dorsey was 38 of 57 (66.7%) for 712 yards and 8 touchdowns without an interception, averaging 18.7 yards per completion…finished the season on a tear, passing for 1,091 yards over the last three and a half games of his season…had a career-high 28 completions in 43 attempts for 296 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State…passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns while completing 12 of 20 attempts with one interception against Virginia Tech…passed for 345 yards while completing 16 of 25 attempts for two touchdowns without an interception at Syracuse…completed his first 11 attempts at Syracuse…overcame a poor first half against Pittsburgh to lead Miami to a comeback victory by completing 9 of 11 second-half attempts for 150 yards in a 28-21 victory…was 14 of 26 on the night against Pittsburgh for 163 yards and one touchdown with one interception…completed 18 of 35 attempts for 245 yards and a touchdown in a 26-3 win at Tennessee…completed 16 of 31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 42-17 win at Rutgers…had a career-best 422 passing yards at West Virginia in a 40-23 win…completed 22 of 36 attempts for two touchdowns without an interception against the Mountaineers…matched his career yardage high at the time with 362 yards passing for two touchdowns with two interceptions while completing 22 of 45 attempts in a comeback win over Florida State…engineered two fourth quarter scoring marches to beat the Seminoles, driving Miami 70 and 79 yards in the game’s closing stages for the victory…completed 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the win over Connecticut…completed 13 of 26 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-6 win over Boston College…was 20 of 35 for 314 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a win at Temple…passed for four touchdowns while completing 16-of-32 passes for 202 yards with three interceptions in the victory at Florida…also rushed for a 12-yard gain against the Gators…opened the season with an efficient performance against Florida A&M, completing eight of 13 attempts for 110 yards and three touchdowns with one interception against the Rattlers in just over a quarter of play


2001 (JUNIOR): The winner of the 2001 Maxwell Award recognizing College Football’s Outstanding Player…firmly established himself as one of college football’s top players…a finalist for the Heisman Trophy who finished third in the balloting…led the Hurricanes to the 2001 National Championship by leading the nation’s most balanced and explosive offense as the Hurricanes averaged 43.2 points per game while throwing for 250.2 yards per contest and rushing for 204.6 yards per game…compiled a passing efficiency rating of 146.12 as he completed 184 of 318 attempts with nine interceptions…passed for 2,652 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2001 while playing the entire game just twice…was particularly effective in the clutch, completing 66.7 percent (64-of-96) attempts on third down plays for 820 yards and 10 touchdowns while converting 50 of 96 (52.0 %) of third down passes into first downs…a first-team All-BIG EAST selection for the second straight year…earned BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors for the second consecutive season…was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week three times during the 2001 season (v. Penn State, v. Rutgers, and v. Syracuse)…set a career high for yardage with 362 yards while leading Miami to a 37-14 victory over Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl for the national championship…completed 22-of-35 attempts for three touchdowns with one interception in the victory over the Cornhuskers…shared MVP honors with receiver Andre Johnson for the Rose Bowl performance…completed touchdown passes of 49, 8 and 21 yards in the Rose Bowl victory…in a 26-24 win over Virginia Tech, Dorsey led Miami to 384 yards of total offense against the nation’s top-ranked defense, including a 235-yard passing day on a season-best 21 completions…zoomed back into contention for national honors with an impressively efficient performance in Miami’s shocking 65-7 rout of 12th-ranked Washington before a national TV audience, throwing for 189 yards and three touchdowns while completing 14-of-21 pass attempts with one interception…led Miami’s 59-0 rout of Syracuse by completing 65 percent of his passes, going 13-for-20, while averaging 17.2 yards per completion and throwing 4 touchdown passes and 224 yards…clutch passing in the game’s waning moments keyed Miami’s narrow win at Boston College as Dorsey completed 20-of-41 passes for 222 yards, but was held without a touchdown pass for the first time as a starter…led a 38-0 win over Temple with a 16-for-24 outing while compiling 175 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, breaking the UM career touchdown passes record…completed 16 of 27 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 45-3 rout of West Virginia…was deadly efficient in Miami’s 49-27 victory over Florida State as Dorsey’s pinpoint passing enabled the Hurricanes to quickly cash in several FSU turnovers into points for Miami as Dorsey finished the day 14-for-27 for 249 yards and three touchdowns without an interception…threw for 299 yards while completing 18 of 30 pass attempts with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 38-7 win over Troy State…starred in a 43-22 win at Pittsburgh and sat down after three quarters of action having completed 18 of 32 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown with one interception…collected his second consecutive 300+-yard performance while leading the Hurricanes to a blowout victory over Rutgers (61-0), completing 14 of 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception…opened the season by passing for a career-high 344 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 blowout at Penn State, completing 20 of 27 attempts with one interception.


2000 (SOPHOMORE): Voted by the news media the Most Outstanding Player of the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl after completing 22 of 40 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 37-20 win over Florida…settled in as the starter and compiled one of the most impressive seasons of any quarterback in Miami’s illustrious history, throwing for 2,737 yards and 25 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions…had an efficiency rating of 152.3 while completing 188-of-322 attempts (58.4 percent)…led the BIG EAST in passing yardage (248.8 ypg), total offense (246.7 ypg) and pass efficiency (152.3 rating) while earning first-team All-BIG EAST honors at quarterback…a BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree…Dorsey’s passing totals rank high on UM single-season lists for attempts (322, 9th all-time), completions (188, 8th), yards (2,737, 7th), touchdowns (25, tie-3rd with Bernie Kosar, 1984)…Dorsey’s 2,714 yards of total offense (-23 rushing, 2,737 passing) rank 7th best in Miami history…passed for 200+ yards in 9-of-11 games while exceeding 250 yards six times, including Miami’s last four games of the regular season…named USA Today’s National Player of the Week after leading Miami to a dramatic 27-24 win over top-ranked Florida State on Oct. 7…passed for a career-high 328 yards against the Seminoles…with UM trailing, 24-21, and 1:37 remaining, Dorsey led the Hurricanes on a game-winning 67-yard touchdown drive by completing 6-of-7 passes for all 67 yards in just 46 seconds…his 13-yard pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey put the ‘Canes ahead of FSU…blossomed as a team leader, earning the respect of teammates, coaches and fans with his clutch play…set the Miami record for pass attempts without an interception with 193 before suffering a pick against Temple on Oct. 21…threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead UM to a 47-10 win at West Virginia on Sept. 23…followed with another impressive outing, completing 14-of-19 for 215 yards and three touchdowns in UM’s 64-6 win at Rutgers…bounced back from two subpar performances with a big outing in UM’s 41-21 win over No. 2 Virginia Tech on with 283 passing yards and touchdown passes of 42, 44 and 80 yards while completing 11-of-23 attempts without an interception…passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and completed 22-of-35 attempts in a 35-7 win over Pittsburgh…threw for 263 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 26-0 victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome…closed the season by tying a Miami record with five touchdown passes and 252 yards in a 52-6 rout of Boston College…honored as one of five underclassmen (non-seniors) to watch nationally by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club…winner of the Miami’s 2000 Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award recognizing outstanding commitment, consistency and work ethic as determined by a vote of the coaching staff…voted co-Back of the Year in 2000 for the Hurricanes by the coaching staff (shared the award with running back James Jackson).


1999 (FRESHMAN): Started three games for the Hurricanes and appeared in two others as a back-up…became first true freshman quarterback to start at UM since Mike Rodrigue in 1978…led UM to the highest three-game point total (155) in school history during the three games he started…threw for 803 yards and 10 touchdowns on 74-of-120 passing…converted 63 percent of Miami’s third down attempts as a starter…saw first collegiate action against Florida A&M in home opener, completing his first career pass…pressed into action against Virginia Tech after replacing an injured Kenny Kelly…made first career start against Rutgers in the Orange Bowl…was 19-of-26 for 194 yards and two touchdowns against Rutgers in leading Miami to a 55-0 victory…tallied three touchdowns and 236 yards on 22-of-31 passing in a 45-13 victory over Syracuse…threw for a career-high 288 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-34 passing against Temple in a 55-0 rout…became first freshman in UM history to toss four TD passes in a game…was 7-of-15 for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Hurricanes’ 27-13 Toyota Gator Bowl victory over Georgia Tech.


HIGH SCHOOL: Miramonte…USA Today Honorable Mention All-American…Gridiron Greats Preseason Top 100…a National Recruiting Advisor Preseason Top 100 pick…Max Emfinger National Blue Chip…selected to play in Texas-California All-Star game…garnered first-team All-Bay Area, County, and League honors…led his team to back-to-back North Coast Section 2A East Bay titles in his two seasons as the starting quarterback…in just two seasons, passed for 4,968 yards and 52 touchdowns…threw for 2,780 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in leading team to a 13-0 record…named to the San Francisco Times All-State first-team…threw for 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior…timed at 4.65 in the 40…lettered in basketball as a junior and senior…averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals per game as a senior…coached in football by Floyd Burnsed.


PERSONAL: Born 4/22/81…business management & organization major…full name is Kenneth Simon Dorsey…selected Miami over Tennessee and Southern California…son of Tom and Maggie Dorsey.


Opponent Att-Cmp-Int Yards TD LP
Florida A&M 13-8-1 110 3 24
at Florida 32-16-3 202 4 23
at Temple 35-20-0 314 2 53
Boston College 26-13-0 202 2 77
Connecticut 26-19-1 216 3 31
Florida State 45-20-2 362 2 68
at West Virginia 36-22-0 422 2 58
at Rutgers 31-16-1 192 2 27
at Tennessee 35-18-0 245 1 44
Pittsburgh 26-14-1 163 1 39
at Syracuse 25-16-0 345 2 68
Virginia Tech 20-12-1 300 2 68
Ohio State 43-28-2 296 2 28
Totals 393-222-12 3369 28 77


Year G-S Att-Com-Int Pct. Yards TD LP Att Yards Avg. TD LP
2002 13-13 393-222-12 56.5 3369 28 77 23 -39 -1.7 0 12
2001 11-11 318-184-9 57.9 2652 23 64 12 3 0.2 0 12
2000 11-11 322-188-5 58.4 2737 25 80 16 -23 -1.4 1 3
1999 6-3 120-74-2 61.7 807 10 33 8 -20 -2.5 1 12
Totals 41-39 1153-668-28 57.9 9565 86 80 59 -79 -1.3 2 12

2002 Single-Game Passing Bests

Yards 422 at West Virginia
Touchdowns 4 at Florida
Completions 28 vs. Ohio State
Attempts 45 vs. Florida State
Long Play 77 vs. Boston College

Career Single-Game Passing Bests

Yards 422 at West Virginia, 2002
Touchdowns 5 vs. Boston College, 2000
Completions 28 vs. Ohio State, 2002
Attempts 45 vs. Florida State, 2002
Long Play 80 vs. Virginia Tech, 2000

Dorsey’s Career Honors

2-Time Heisman Trophy Finalist (2001, 2002)2-Time Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist (2001, 2002)2-Time BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Year (2001, 2002)3-Time First-Team All-BIG EAST (2000, 2001, 2002)3-Time Academic All-BIG EAST (2000, 2001, 2002)2002 Davey O’Brien Award Finalist (1 of 3)2002 Johnny Unitas Award Finalist (1 of 4)7-Time BIG EAST Player of the Week (Miami record)2002 Rose Bowl Co-Most Valuable Player vs. Nebraska2001 Maxwell Award Winner (National Player of the Year)2001 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist (1 of 12)2001 Football News Offensive Player of Year Semifinalist2001 ABC Sports Mid-Season All-American2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl Offensive MOP vs. Florida2000 Honorable Mention All-American

Miami Career Records Held By Ken Dorsey

Total Offense 9,486
Passing Yards 9,565
Passing Touchdowns 86
Pass Completions 668
Pass Attempts 1,153
Victories as a starting quarterback 38
Winning percentage of a starting quarterback (.974)
200-yard passing performances 31

Other Miami Records Held By Ken Dorsey

Consecutive passes without an interception 193 (1999-2000)
Consecutive games with a touchdown pass 31
Touchdown passes in a game 5 (Boston College, 2000)

BIG EAST Conference Records Held By Ken Dorsey

Passing Yards 9,565
Passing Touchdowns 86
Pass Completions 668
Pass Attempts 1,153
Consecutive passes without an interception 193 (1999-2000)