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Glenn Dorsey

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 297 | College: LSU
 
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Overview

The most decorated player in the history of the school, Dorsey continued a recent tradition of Tigers defensive linemen earning first-team All-American honors, as at least one LSU player has received that honor since the 2000 season. The defensive tackle's mantelpiece was certainly filled to capacity after the 2007 season, as the consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year earned several prestigious awards.

Despite constant double- and triple-team coverage, along with late season knee and back problems, Dorsey continued to dominate. He extended his string of at least one tackle made in his last 30 games, and walked away with the 2007 Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Lott Award, becoming the first player in school history to earn any of those postseason honors.

Dorsey attended East Ascension High School, where he was rated among the nation's top defensive linemen and one of the top three prospects in Louisiana. He was named a Parade All-American and rated the second-best prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com. The Fox Sports Network South's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" first-team choice was also a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip lists.

The senior defensive lineman was also named Louisiana's Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team Class 4A All-State pick. Despite being sidelined for three games with an ankle injury, Dorsey registered 43 tackles (16 for losses), two sacks and a forced fumble as a senior. He had a stellar junior year, making more than 100 tackles (12 for losses) and a dozen sacks.

Dorsey enrolled at Louisiana State in 2004, appearing in 11 games, starting three times at left defensive tackle. He posted 18 tackles (6 solos) with two stops for losses and also recovered a fumble. He was listed second on the depth chart behind Claude Wroten at left tackle in 2005, starting vs. North Texas. He finished that campaign with 28 tackles (16 solos), three sacks and four stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Dorsey took over the middle of the field for the Tigers, earning first-team All-American and All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2006. He started all 13 games, lining up at left tackle for four contests and had nine other starts on the right side. He totaled 64 tackles (22 solos) with three sacks and 8.5 stops for losses.

The junior seriously considered entering the 2007 NFL Draft, but decided to return to the university for his senior year, citing "unfinished business."

Even with the injuries in 2007, which began in fall camp with a sore hamstring, Dorsey was a battler throughout his final season. He ranked third on the team with 69 tackles (39 solos) and finished second on the squad with seven sacks and 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also caused a fumble and deflected three passes.

In 51 games at Louisiana State, Dorsey started 30 times (21 at left tackle, nine at right tackle). He collected 179 tackles (83 solos) with 13.0 sacks for minus 93 yards, 27 stops for losses of 123 yards and seven quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered a fumble and also deflected four passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has a thick upper body build that might lack ideal muscle tone, but he does compensate with good initial explosion and raw, natural power … When he stays low in his pads and keeps his hands inside the framework, he generates a good surge off the snap and into the blocker, doing a stellar job of clogging the rush lanes and collapsing the pocket … Shows good ability to redirect and make tackles in the backfield and has the initial burst that allows him to make plays to the outside … Shows good feet and body control working in space and plays with a high motor … Understands blocking schemes and has no trouble retaining plays, picking things up quickly … Has long, functionally strong arms and large hands to grab and drag the ball carriers down … Plays through pain, evident in 2006 when he competed with a stress fracture in his leg, and in 2007 when he refused to sit out any games despite a knee injury and a sore back … Always seems to be in the right position to make the play, showing a good flow to the ball in the short area (lacks timed speed to give chase in long pursuit) … Has a great work ethic and takes well to hard coaching … Good team leader who works hard in the training room … Has the change of direction agility to make plays moving down the line … His acceleration is evident with his short burst and he displays very good stamina (rare to see him run out of gas) … Has a good concept for taking pursuit angles, showing quickness and explosiveness off the snap … Has the ability to create a new line of scrimmage with his initial step and is quick to gain advantage and shoot the gaps … Displays very quick hands and feet coming out of his stance, plus the body control to recover when he out-runs the play … Has become a physically dominant player who demands double-teams, as he does a good job in using his strength and explosiveness to close gaps and play with good leverage … Doesn't give up much ground to double-teams and creates good separation with his long arms … Reacts well to block pressure and locates the ball quickly … Strong inside run defender who consistently keeps his motor running, as he can make plays up and down the line of scrimmage (just lacks long speed on the chase) … Does a nice job of using his quickness and change-of-direction to spin out … Rarely gives up ground vs. double teams (usually only when he gets too high in his stance and leaves his chest exposed) … Has the brute strength in his hands to neutralize … Splits and redirects with leverage, flashing good strength to penetrate … Does an outstanding job of making plays outside the box and down field, as he uses his long arms effectively to create separation … Will chase and make plays in short pursuit, showing aggressiveness and urgency working down the line … Has the power to make explosive tackles and generates good pressure through a combo pass block, destroying fullbacks who get in his path … Possesses good club and rip moves, as well as a good bull rush … Has the ability to create separation from his opponent with an initial strike … Shows a quick burst to close on the quarterback or halfback from inside the box … Separates in the open with good surge and has very good hand technique to control blocks and disengage.

Negatives: Has a thick frame and while not sloppy, he does lack solid muscle tone, but does compensate with outstanding initial quickness and lower body strength … While he explodes off the snap, he has just marginal speed to make plays in long pursuit (best when shooting the inside gaps rather than try to make plays on the outside) … Has a strong lower body, but he needs to improve his base (gets narrow in his stance), as blockers have had success getting underneath his pads to lock on and wash him out of the play (see 2007 Tulane, Kentucky and Tennessee, and 2006 Tulane and Mississippi State games) … Must do a better job of planting his foot and anchoring vs. double teams (has good hand placement, but needs to counter better at times) … Best when taking angles or shooting gaps (gets too caught up in the battle when taking on isolated blockers at the point of attack) … Lack of ideal size might limit him to one-gap schemes … Generates good penetration, but for some reason, he fails to seal the deal on the quarterback (has only seven pressures in 51 games) … Does not display an array of pass rush moves, but shows good burst on the bull rush … Good complimentary type, but by declining postseason all-star invites it leaves one to wonder if he can dominate at the next level or is a player who was covered up by the LSU gang-tackling scheme (Tiger defensive linemen in the past have not lived up to their college billing in the NFL).

Compares To: WARREN SAPP-Oakland … While both have made a nice living off their explosive initial step, Dorsey does not have the same game-changing ability Sapp displayed during the prime of his career. Let's face it, Dorsey is a good sanitation man (takes out the trash by handling multiple blockers, thus freeing a teammate up to make the play), but if statistics tell the true story, he had just 13 sacks, 27 stops for losses and seven quarterback pressures in 51 collegiate games. While we will follow the party line that he could develop into another Sapp, he also could be a clone of a former LSU Tiger, Anthony McFarland.

Career Notes

First player in school history to win the Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Lott Award, accomplishing that feat all in one season (2007) … Continued the school tradition of at least one defensive lineman earning first-team All-American honors since the 2000 season … Ranks 11th in school history with 27 tackles behind the line of scrimmage … His seven sacks in 2007 rank 10th on the school's season-record list.

2007 Season

Earned All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, ESPN, The Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com and Rivals.com … Recipient of the Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Lott Award, and was a finalist for the Bednarik Award … All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice and named SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches … Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors vs. South Carolina and Defensive Player of the Week accolades vs. Alabama … Started 13-of-14 games, lining up at left tackle mostly, but also started at right tackle vs. Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas … Battled early in the season with a sore hamstring suffered in fall camp … Suffered a right knee sprain as the result of an illegal chop block in the Auburn clash that would see him be limited in practices throughout the final six games of the season and had to wear a huge brace for several contests as a result … Also missed most of the Mississippi clash with a sore back … Still managed to record 69 tackles (39 solos), with a career-high seven sacks for minus 45 yards and 12.5 stops for losses of 53 yards … Credited with four quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and three pass deflections … Led a unit that ranked 12th in the nation in run defense (106.07 ypg), 17th in scoring defense (19.93 ppg) and third in total defense (288.79 ypg), as the Tigers marched to the national championship.

2007 Game Analysis

Mississippi State … Dorsey opened the season at left tackle, posting five solo tackles with a sack and two stops for losses of 11 yards … He took down Christian Ducre for a 1-yard loss on a third quarter screen pass and at the start of the fourth quarter, the defensive tackle sacked QB Michael Henig for an 11-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#60-J.D. Hamilton (6:04-298).

Virginia Tech … In an early season match-up of two national title favorites, Dorsey led a spirited defense to a 48-7 victory … He registered six tackles (5 solos), with three coming on third-down plays … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#70-Sergio Render (6:03-322).

Middle Tennessee State … Dorsey was credited with just three tackles, but he had 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a 7-yard sack of QB Joe Craddock on a third-&-9 snap at the MTSU 24 midway through the second quarter … MTSU running back DeMarco McNair said after the game, "They've (LSU) got a strong, solid defensive line. The line-backers are pretty fast, they move side to side and move pretty good. The defensive line, especially #72 (Dorsey) that's the main thing. If you can't get the play started then they cause a lot of trouble up front." … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#79-Brandon Nix (6:04-287).

South Carolina … Dorsey collected eight tackles (2 solos), as he deflected a pass and sacked QB Chris Smelley for a 7-yard loss late in the third quarter … Early in the second half, he killed an SC scoring drive by tackling tailback Cory Boyd for no gain on a third-&-1 run at the SC 30 … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#57-Lemuel Jeanpierre (6:03-299).

Tulane … It was a quiet day for the All-American, as he chipped in with three assisted tackles … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#68-Andrew Nierman (6:01-302).

Florida … With the future national champions facing the 2006 national titlists, LSU came out with a 28-24 victory, as Dorsey totaled five tackles with two pressures and a pass break-up … He sacked QB Tim Tebow for a 7-yard loss late in the first quarter and stopped the Gators passer for no gain on a first-&-goal option play to start the second quarter action … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#63-Jim Tartt (6:03-312).

Kentucky … Dorsey was limited to four tackles (2 solos) in his first 2007 game at right tackle … After the tough 43-37 loss, Dorsey stated, "The bottom line is for us to come up with big plays. No excuses. We didn't make the plays that we needed to make, and we're going to try to correct that and make them this week." … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#78-Christian Johnson (6:04-327).

Auburn … Lining up at right tackle, Dorsey made five tackles with a stop for a loss and deflected a pass, but he suffered a right knee sprain after an illegal chop block, missing most of the second half action … He stopped Brad Lester for a 1-yard loss on a late first quarter run at the UA 23, but was hurt tackling Lester on a 4-yard carry to the UA 41 at the 6:52 mark of the second quarter … After the game, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville talked about Dorsey, stating, "We did everything possible to block him with one, two, offensive linemen, tight end at times, running back. He kind of reminded me a lot (of) Warren Sapp, the kid I coached at the University of Miami. He plays low to the ground, quick off the line of scrimmage, always going north and south. He'll be one of the better players in the country." … Talking about his injured star later in the week after the Auburn clash, LSU head coach Les Miles said about Dorsey's chances of playing vs. Alabama, "Glenn worked out a little bit today - some tread-mill. We're pretty optimistic that permanent damage is not significant and that he'll heal." Dorsey was been spotted on campus with a brace on his injured leg, but Miles said it is nothing to be concerned with. "I think that happens. I don't think that's as significant as it might sound. I think there are a lot of guys who wear braces on their knees who play." Dorsey made an appearance at Thursday's press opportunity sporting a slight limp, but no crutches or visible brace. The All-American said he got his Halloween scare a little early this past Saturday. "I got scared," Dorsey said. "It hurt at first, but I think that just comes from me being just scared a lot. It's alright. I'm ready to move on." … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#71-Tyronne Green (6:02-307).

Alabama … Wearing a heavy knee brace, the right tackle was in on seven tackles (5 solos), a sack, a pressure and two stops for minus 7 yards … He left the game briefly after he re-injured his right knee tackling Terry Grant on a 3-yard run off right guard at the 6:05 mark of the first half … He returned early in the second quarter to stop Grant for a 1-yard loss and early in the third quarter, he forced the Tide to punt after sacking QB John Paul Wilson for a 6-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#50-Justin Britt (6:04-290).

Louisiana Tech … Dorsey followed with seven tackles (4 solos), a 2-yard sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage … He made his presence felt on the game's first play from scrimmage, stopping Patrick Jackson for no gain on a rushing attempt … He sacked QB Zac Champion for a 2-yard loss at the end of the first stanza and tackled Daniel Porter for a 2-yard loss at the Tech 43 midway through the second quarter … He forced Tech to punt late in the second quarter, after dragging Jackson down for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-3 carry … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#74-Rob McGill (6:07-292).

Mississippi … Dorsey shifted back to left tackle, but was in and out of the lineup due to a sore back, finishing with just two tackles … After a chop block on him early in the second quarter, he was called for a personal foul for seeking retaliation … Head to Head Competition -- ROG#77-John Jerry (6:05-360).

Arkansas … Back at right tackle, the All-American defender was credited with six tackles (5 assists) … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#66-Mitch Petrus (6:05-289).

Tennessee (SEC Championship) … Dorsey had a quiet game, coming up with just three assisted tackles … Head to Head Competition -- LOG#75-Anthony Parker (6:03-305).

Ohio State (BCS Championship Game) … Dorsey returned to left tackle for his final game, leading LSU to the national title, as he delivered five tackles (4 solos), causing a fumble that OSU recovered, after he sacked QB Todd Boeckman for a 5-yard loss at the OSU 40 with 9:02 left in the game … A day after their teams landed in the national championship game, Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis spent Monday night playfully talking trash in a hotel ballroom. They left with Dorsey holding the upper hand, as the Tigers defensive tackle had beaten out Laurinaitis to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. "We've got to go at it," explained Dorsey. "We met over the summertime at the Playboy All-America thing. We got to know each other then. It's going to be interesting. It's going to be fun." …

Head to Head Competition -- ROG#63-Ben Person (6:04-321).

2006 Season

Earned first-team All-American recognition from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated and CBSSportsline.com … All-SEC first-team choice by the league's coaches and Associated Press … Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Arizona and Auburn … Started all thirteen games, lining up at left tackle vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona, Tulane and Mississippi State while playing right tackle the rest of the year … Finished with 64 tackles (22 solos), three sacks for minus 25 yards, 8.5 stops for losses of 42 yards and one pressure … Part of a squad that ranked third in the nation in total defense (242.77 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (12.62 ppg).

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with five tackles and 1.5 stops for losses vs. Louisiana-Lafayette … Had four tackles, as he assisted on a 4-yard sack and made three assisted stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Arizona … Added eight tackles (3 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus 11 yards, three stops for losses and a pressure vs. Auburn … Produced a 10-yard sack of QB Erik Ainge vs. Tennessee and was in on eleven tackles (3 solos) in the Mississippi game … Delivered six solo tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Arkansas and made five tackles (3 solos) vs. Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

2005 Season

Spent the season second on the depth chart behind Claude Wroten at left defensive tackle, starting the North Texas clash … Registered 28 tackles (16 solos) with three sacks for minus 23 yards, four stops for losses of 24 yards and a quarterback pressure.

2005 Game Analysis

Had a 4-yard sack and three tackles vs. Tennessee … Posted a pair of stops, including one for a loss vs. Vanderbilt and registered a 9-yard sack in the Florida clash … Had three solo tackles and a 10-yard sack vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl.

2004 Season

Appeared in eleven games, starting vs. Mississippi State, Georgia and Florida at left defensive tackle … Recorded 18 tackles (6 solos) with two stops for losses of 4 yards and a pressure … Recovered a fumble and deflected a pass.

2004 Game Analysis

Forced a fumble on his first collegiate snap vs. Oregon State … Got his first career start vs. Mississippi State and responded with five tackles and a stop for a 3-yard loss … Followed with four tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss vs. Vanderbilt.

Injury Report

2003: Sat out three games as a senior in high school with an ankle sprain.

2006: Played most of the season with a stress fracture in his right leg, as he was forced to receive a painkiller injection prior to each game. Also had to wear a bone stimulator 18 hours per day until he was cleared to practice in 2007 spring drills.

2007: Limited in fall camp with a sore hamstring … Suffered a right knee sprain after an illegal chop block, missing most of the second half vs. Auburn (10/20) … Had to wear a huge brace on his right knee and left the Alabama game (11/03) briefly in the second quarter when he re-injured his knee … Sat out most of the Mississippi clash (11/17) with a sore lower back.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.09 in the 40-yard dash … 425-pound bench press … 600-pound squat … 308-pound power clean … 33 1/4-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 21/26 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended East Ascension (Gonzalez, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Billy Beasley … Rated among the nation's top defensive linemen and one of the top three prospects in Louisiana … Named a Parade All-American and rated the second-best prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com … The Fox Sports Network South's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" first-team choice was also a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip lists … The senior defensive lineman was also named Louisiana's Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team Class 4A All-State pick … Despite being sidelined for three games with an ankle injury, Dorsey registered 43 tackles (16 for losses), two sacks and a forced fumble as a senior … Had a stellar junior year, making more than 100 tackles (12 for losses) and a dozen sacks.

Personal

General Studies major … Dorsey is a player who also gives back to the community as he spends time speaking to youngsters in the Baton Rouge area and his hometown of Gonzales about the importance of staying in school … Son of Sandra and Glenn Dorsey … Nicknamed "Putt" … Born Glenn Jamon Dorsey on 8/01/85 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana … Resides in Gonzales, Louisiana, called the Jambalaya (type of Cajun food) Capital of the World.

 
 
 

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