#10 Keeley Dorsey
USF freshman football player Keeley Dorsey, a running back from Lincoln HS in Tallahassee, died Wednesday afternoon after being rushed by ambulance from USF's athletic facility to a local hospital. Dorsey, 19 passed out during a routine team-conditioning workout at the USF Athletic Facility.
Dorsey was immediately given first aid on site, and was transported to University Community Hospital. Where a short time later, he was pronounced dead at 2:34.
Dorsey, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back was a graduate
of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. Dorsey played quarterback for
Lincoln High, and was named All-Big Bend, and led Lincoln to city and district
titles in 2004.
Keeley Dorsey committed to the Bulls on Dec. 14, 2005.
"I Chose South Florida because I love Coach Burnham
and Coach Leavitt, they are both really great guys" said Dorsey "South
Florida is an up and coming program, they are also in a great conference, with a
good chance for some Bowl wins"
" I’m really proud of my decision, I feel
that I can come down there and compete for a starting job."
"I'm Real Excited, that’s where I want to go,
I'll probably enroll in the summer"
Dorsey was one of only six Bulls to play as a true freshman for the 2006
season. In the season opener he scored on a 52-yard touchdown on the final play
of the Bulls 41-10 win against McNeese State. He finished the season with 10 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.
He was a hard worker, liked by all. He was always enthusiastic and was a motivator on the sidelines. Waving his towel and pumping up the crowds. Dorsey had a saying that he belived in so much that he had it inked on his back.
“Enjoy life today, Yesterday is gone, and Tomorrow may never come"
“I hurt for Keeley. I hurt for Keeley's parents. I hurt for our team.
Keeley was a tremendous person. He was always upbeat and an inspiration to me,
and all of us. He had a great impact on our team, and he will be sorely
missed." --Head Coach Jim
“The USF community is extremely shocked and saddened by the death of one of
our student-athletes on campus today. There is nothing more tragic than the loss
of one of our students, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Keeley’s
family, friends and fellow athletes and students.”
--USF President Judy Genshaft
“Our entire athletic family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss, Jim
Leavitt has spoken to Keeley’s dad and he has offered our condolences and
--USF Director of Athletics Doug Woolard.
"He was very good kid, well liked, a hard worker, and everybody loved him, and liked to be around him. I'll really miss him."
--Lincoln Head Coach Kyle Rice
“I loved Dorsey's enthusiasm, he got very little playing time this year but
you always saw him jumping up and down and always smiling on the sidelines. The
kid had fun playing football, and that is really what this game is all about.”
--usf94, USFNation member
“I am speechless and severely saddened by the loss. My
sentiments echo what has already been said. Keeley's zest for life and
infectious attitude on the sideline was amazing. He was what makes college
football great! We will miss you always Keeley and my heart felt prayers and condolences go to
--bullpride, USFNation member
“During the UCF game, Keeley was a man possessed on the sideline. It was like
his personal mission to fire-up every USF fan in the stands when our team needed
us the most. I was so impressed to see a true freshman be so selfless and
team-oriented. It's what set him apart from all the other freshmen in my
"He is, by far, my favorite USF football player. RIP #10. I am speechless and my prayers go out to his family and friends."
--Kissimmislim, USFNation member
“when I heard this all I could think about was Keeley leading the cheers in so
many games this year. Standing on the bench waving a towel with a huge smile on
his face. Then him and P.J. dousing CJL with powerade after the WVU win. God
bless him and his family.”
--Skurian USFNation member
--BlueZeeb USFNation member
“Other than the great teammate and crowd motivator he
was, one of my best memories of Keeley was the last play of the McNeese
"This is really hitting me hard, Keeley was a great kid, I've spoken to him so many times since he arrived on campus. Makes you think about life and how quickly it can change. As far as recruiting goes, out of respect to Keeley and the team, I can't think about calling kids right now."
broke open a 52 yard touchdown run. He will be sorely missed and my prayers are
with his family, friends, teammates, coaches and all that knew him.”
--Lawrence Reid USFNation Publisher
"It's something you're never ready to deal with.
I hope this doesnt upset anyone, but probably through the weekend we will not have any recruiting stories. We've thought about it and agree that we want to put up a free photo gallery of Keeley and leave it on the front page through the weekend. We'll get back into high gear next week with recruiting, but for now we want to remember Keeley. We feel that is the best thing to do.
--Josh Newberg USFNation Publisher
“Enjoy life today, Yesterday is gone, and Tomorrow may never come,"
From the staff at USFNation we offer our deepest condolences to the Dorsey family and the entire USF organization.
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