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Miami Hurricane Flashback: Why Ken Dorsey Was the Best College QB...Ever

7 Oct 2000:  Ken Dorsey #11 of the Miami Hurricanes looks to pass the ball during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.  The Hurricanes defeated the Seminoles 27-24.Mandatory Credit: Eliot J. Schechter  /Allsport
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David MayerCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

When people list best college quarterbacks of all time, they think Danny Wuerfell, Tommie Frazier, Matt Leinart, Vince Young, etc.

Although the above mentioned are great, there was none better then #11, Ken Dorsey.

First are Dorseys stats.

Now compared to many system quarterbacks as Timmy Change, Ty Detmer, and Colt Brennan, Dorseys passing stats don't blow you out of the water.

In fact Dorsey doesn't own one NCAA passing record.

What Dorsey did do was rewrite the entire Hurricanes record book for a quarterback.  A list of quarterbacks that he passed included Vinnie Testaverde, Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, and Gino Toretta.

He has the record for total offense (9,486 yards), passing yards (9,565), passing touchdowns (86), pass completions (668), pass attempts (1,153), 200-yard passing performances (31), touchdown passes in a game (5), consecutive passes without an interception (193), and most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (31).

Along with the records he was named co-MVP in the 2002 Rose Bowl, Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and was the First-team All-Big East in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Dorsey also won the 2001 Maxwell Award, given to the national collegiate player of the year and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2001 and 2002.

 

Secondly Ken Dorsey was a winner.

The first thing I always have to remind people was Dorsey should have had three national championship opportunities, winning at least two of them as a starter.

The BCS ripped Miami off in 2000 (Miami beat FSU and had the same records, yet FSU was chosen), they won in 2001, and the officials robbed them of the ring in 2002.

Dorsey ended his career at Miami with a 38-2 record, a winning percentage of .974, both Hurricane records.

Now a lot of people state that Dorsey was surrounded by unbelievable talent and that is why he won so many games, or that he had Andre Johnson and that is why he was so good.

Those are valid points, but how many games does Joe Montana win without Jerry Rice?

My point is this, although Dorsey was surrounded by great talent, his leadership produced wins.

That is why Dorsey is the best college quarterback, ever.

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