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Player of the Day: Phillip Dorsett

Phillip Dorsett joins Eddie Brown and Wesely Carroll by reaching the 200-yard single game receiving mark

Mike Ehrmann

With a first quarter consisting of 3 receptions, 138 yards and 1 touchdown, Phillip Dorsett was already set to become week 3's player of the game.

After Labor Day's Louisville loss, Canes Twitter was filled with frustrated comments directed at the coaching staff regarding conservative play calling.

Well, on Saturday against Arkansas State, Head Coach Al Golden "opened the playbook" for true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya, and guess what? The kid was ready for it after all.

With his first pass of the game, Kaaya connected with Phillip Dorsett on this beautifully thrown 63-yard touchdown pass.

Dorsett was hit twice more in the first quarter for gains of 51 and 24 yards.

After the game Kaaya was asked about the amount of confidence he has in Dorsett.

Here's what he had to say:

"He's one of the fastest receivers in college football...I feel like I can throw it as hard as I can and he'll reach it."

In the second half, Dorsett caught his fourth reception, which led to his second 63-yard touchdown of the day.

Dorsett joined an elite group of receivers with Eddie Brown and Wesley Carroll as part the 200-yard single game receiving club.

The senior receiver spoke to the media after the game. He humbly talked about how the 200-yard game was not as important as getting the win, and how Brad Kaaya has matured over the last few weeks.

Dorsett finished the day off with 4 catches, 201 yards and 2 touchdowns. The case can be made that Dorsett could've broken the record of 220 yards, but he was held out in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Golden said he had a feeling that Dorsett would have a great game today.

"He's always been fast, but he's a lot more quick," said Golden. "He worked really hard this week. I told him before the game that he was gonna have a big one, obviously no one could've seen that big...good for him."

The senior out of St. Thomas Aquinas made his home fans proud today, and he'll continue to do so next week as the Canes travel to Nebraska for a prime time matchup.