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January 4, 2009

Dorsey shines at UA underclassmen combine

If Demar Dorsey was considered a sleeper when he committed to Florida last October, the secret is now out.

The Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson star was the most outstanding player on the field at Sunday's Under Armour Underclassmen Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior came to the Citrus Bowl - site of Sunday night's UA All-American Game - on a mission.

"I made a four-hour drive all the way from Fort Lauderdale," Dorsey said after the combine. "I wasn't going home without being noticed out here today."

He was noticed. During the testing portion of the day Dorsey turned in a 4.25-second 40-yard dash.

That was just the beginning.

He stepped up and unloaded a 39.5-inch vertical jump. His athleticism was further on display when he had a 4.1-second shuttle and broad jumped 10 feet, 1 inch.

"I tried to show the world what I could do," Dorsey said.

Dorsey did more than just test well.

During the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 portion of the combine, he stood out going against some of the top receivers at the camp such as De'Joshua Johnson, Chris Dunkley and Ace Sanders.

"I think it was a great experience," Dorsey said. "I wanted to come out and play against some of the best. I just worked at defensive back today but at other camps I plan to work at both wide receiver and as a cornerback and safety.

"There were some really great receivers out here so it was good to go against them. It gave me a chance to come out and play against some great talent that will be playing at the next level. I think it allows me to know where I am as a player at this point. It also shows me what I need to continue to get better at to become the player I can be."

Dorsey already knew some of his competitors, including Dunkley, a wide receiver from Royal Palm Beach (Fla.). The two shared some trash talk before taking each other on in individual battles.

"I told him we are friends now but when we get on the field it is all business," Dorsey said.

While Dorsey had a good day, he said that his focus over his upcoming senior season is to prove that he belongs in the 2010 version of the Under Armour All-American Game.

"My goal is to be in there next year," Dorsey said pointing to the Citrus Bowl. "I hope this was the first step to getting there. I want to be in the All-America Game next year."

Dorsey showed on Sunday that he is capable of standing out among the nation's best.


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