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The Cardinal Countdown: 62 Days Until Kickoff

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#62 Derek Dorsey

Class: RS Sophomore

Ht/Wt: 6-3/275

Position: Defensive End

Hometown: Louisville, KY (Product of Manual High School)

Twitter: @DerekTDorsey

Thoughts: Last year I thought Dorsey might see some time on the field as a RS Freshman but I also knew we had some big bodies up front who had lots of experience and wouldn’t give up their reps easily. If I had to guess I would have put him around 6 or 7 appearances all in a somewhat limited role as newcomer. Dorsey then proceeded to kill it through the summer and fall and wound up playing in eleven games last year, including the opener against Purdue. Although he only finished 2017 with 8 tackles Dorsey wasn’t a mop up player by any stretch. He filled in up front multiple times when the Cards were in a pinch due to injury, exhaustion, or simply because they needed a new look up front. He wasn’t discussed much over the course of the season but just as I highlighted last year, getting that time as a freshman will pay dividends this season and in the foreseeable future for a local guy looking to make an impact during his career.

For those of us that followed the Spring camp closely Dorsey was a name that kept coming up over and over be it in a random interviews with Petrino or in print via the daily recaps from the university. To verify I wasn’t losing my mind I went back and confirmed that Dorsey had actually been named the ‘Defensive Grinder’ (high intensity, great work ethic) three times this spring, and was the ‘Defensive Showtime’ (great performance at great time) player on a separate occasion as well. Petrino called him out for getting better every day and showing that he has the drive to improve both on the field and off, specifically in the weight room, slimming down some from his weight last season. Just as a reminder, Dorsey is no “Rudy” or “hometown kid gets a shot” type story. Derek was the Top Defensive Lineman in the state back in 2016 and a Top 10 player in Kentucky overall. That redshirt season appears to have been an opportunity for Derek to soak it all in and get prepared for major college football, an opportunity he is taking full advantage of so far.

Sweet Tweet:

I knew it would be hard, I knew some days would be a challenge, but I looked May and June right in the face and dominated those 38 days of the Countdown. July and August…get ready. We’re officially two months out.