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Hurricanes legend Ken Dorsey is now QB coach with NFL’s Bills

Dorsey leaves Appalachian State for Buffalo

NFL: Carolina Panthers-Minicamp Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes legendary quarterback Ken Dorsey has left his coaching post at Appalachian State to become the Buffalo Bills quarterback coach. Dorsey, who guided the University of Miami to a 38-2 record as the starter, has taken an interesting approach to the coaching game. Dorsey came to the University of Miami from Orinda, CA after being discovered by Larry Coker and Butch Davis. He guided Miami as starting quarterback to a National Championship season in 2001, and a controversial 2003 Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State (for the 2002 season).

Dorsey became the starting quarterback at Miami in 1999 after Kenny Kelly went down with an injury. Dorsey was pounded in a 43-10 loss to #2 Virginia Tech before running off three-straight lopsided victories. He shared time with Kelly in the 2000 Gator Bowl. Kelly then departed Miami and Dorsey started every game from 2000-2002.

The lanky, six-foot-five, 210 pound Dorsey set Miami and BIG EAST records for career touchdown passes (86) and passing yards (9,565) before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 7th round. Dorsey had a journeyman playing career which saw him start games in San Francisco, and with the Cleveland Browns as well as serve as a backup quarterback for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

After retiring, Dorsey served as Lakewood Ranch High School’s quarterback coach, and Riverview High School’s offensive coordinator. His high school coaching tenure was short lived as the NFL came calling Mr. Dorsey and he proceeded to serve the Carolina Panthers as a pro scout from 2011-2012, before coaching the Panthers quarterbacks from 2013-2017. During that time he coached Cam Newton to an NFL MVP award and the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl 50, a loss to the Denver Broncos.

After being fired by the Panthers, Dorsey then resurfaced as assistant athletic director at FIU in 2018. His administration position was also short lived as Dorsey was hired away by the Appalachian State Mountaineers as quarterback coach. That position was only temporary as Dorsey is now heading to Buffalo to work with quarterback prospect Josh Allen and the Bills.

Dorsey is a member of the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.