Bulls will wear Dorsey's No. 10 jersey in tribute
USF's football team will remember the late Keeley Dorsey, who would have been a senior this fall, by having one senior each week wear Dorsey's No. 10 jersey as a tribute, the school announced Tuesday.
Dorsey, who played for as a true freshman in 2006, collapsed and died during a team conditioning workout in January 2007. His spirit has remained with the Bulls as a motivation and a daily reminder not to take the privilege of playing football for granted.
"His death was such a tragic death. No one knows how it feels to lose a brother, to lose a teammate," said defensive tackle Aaron Harris, who will trade in his No. 98 to wear Dorsey's jersey Saturday against Wofford. "We got together and decided this was something we really wanted to do."
USF quarterback Matt Grothe will also wear Dorsey's number one game this fall, and he said the team talks often about Dorsey, enough that younger players who didn't play with him know about who he was.
"It means a lot ... It's an honor for all of us to wear that jersey, and hopefully we can all represent him well," Grothe said. "Everybody misses him. I think we're definitely doing a good thing for him, for his family, for us as his friends to be wearing his jersey on the field."
Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels knew Dorsey well and played in the same backfield as Dorsey at Tallahassee's Lincoln High, lining up at quarterback while Dorsey played running back in 2004.
"I never knew about USF until he signed here," Daniels said. "I'm pretty close to him and his family. He was a very hard worker, did everything he could to get here. After he had his touchdown, he came up to school, and I was probably one of the first people to talk to him up there. I was so excited for him. I told the seniors to represent the number well -- I know it would mean a lot to him, and to his family."
USF will also hold a moment of silence before Saturday's game in memory of former Bulls tight end Will Bleakley and former NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, who were lost at sea in March in a boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico. The lone survivor was former USF walk-on Nick Schuyler.
-- The New York Jets have cut two former USF players, releasing linebacker Craig Kobel and receiver Huey Whittaker before Tuesday's deadline for teams to cut to 75 players. That leaves 10 former Bulls trying to make NFL rosters -- teams must cut from 75 to 53 players by the end of the week, with six USF alums expected to be on the bubble for roster spots. Defensive end Jarriett Buie was cut by the Bucs last week.