Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Canes QB Cool, Calm, Criticized

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Canes QB Cool, Calm, Criticized

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Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- David Garrard is a member of a club that hasn't added a single member in nearly 28 months. The Hurricane Beaters.

On Sept. 25, 1999, the Jaguars' quarterback, then a sophomore at East Carolina, threw for 328 yards, leading a 27-23 upset of Miami. Two weeks later, Florida State beat the Hurricanes again. Then, at the end of the season, Virginia Tech routed them.

"When we beat them, they were starting to slip," Garrard recalls. "They were No. 9. But their quarterback play wasn't that great with Kenny Kelly. They were starting to slip, and we delivered the knockout punch."

The Hurricanes, of course, got back up. And although there have been some minor stumbles (Rutgers?), they haven't actually fallen since a trip to Washington on Sept. 9, 2000, which makes me part of another club. I was at Husky Stadium that day, covering what remains their last loss.

What happened since then?

"I think they've just got a group of guys that believe," Garrard said.

And, he says, a quarterback that helps them do so.

In the past three years, everything else in Coral Gables has changed. Coaches, running backs, offensive linemen, receivers, the defense, the school president, the equipment managers, the palm trees. You name it.

Everything, it seems, except the quarterback.

Ken Dorsey is the constant in the Hurricanes' parity-defying feat -- a 34-game winning streak heading into the Fiesta Bowl tonight against Ohio State.

Yet, when looking for reasons why the Hurricanes are here, playing for their second consecutive title, people are quick to write off the skinny kid who has been a part of it all.

Maybe some of it has to do with those looks, the ones that give you the feeling Dorsey mistakenly ended up on SportsCenter, that he really was supposed to be in a Leave it to Beaver re-run. …

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