Dorsey will add athleticism to the O-Line

Dorsey will add athleticism to the O-Line

When Gator fans think of athletic offensive linemen, the names Michael and Maurkice Pouncey probably come to mind. Well if you as the high school coach of Jacksonville Raines lineman Travaris Dorsey, you will get a glowing account of his former big time player along the lines of the Pounceys. Coach Deran Riley goes in depth about his star pupil.

The thing that makes Travaris Dorsey different than most that are heading to Football Bowl Subdivision schools is the way the big man moves.

"He's a great player," Coach Riley said by phone this week. "He is mammoth, a big guy. He runs with the best of them. He is one of the best running linemen that I have ever seen. He is a weight room guy, someone that doesn't mind going into the weight room and getting bigger and stronger. I think it is a great fit for Florida.

Coach Riley believes that Dorsey is so quick he could very well be a big time player on the opposite side of the ball.

"I will tell you right now his speed separates him," the coach said. "He is fast. I have coached some big guys like Louis Nix at Notre Dame and the one thing that separates them is that Dorsey is much faster. The thing about it is that if Coach Muschamp lined him up at defensive tackle there will be some problems. He just runs so well and I wouldn't be surprised if Florida played him at some defensive tackle. He will make you think of guys like Easley and Floyd. He is right there with those guys.

Coach Riley has played him across the line of scrimmage at every position except center and says that Dorsey is a very cerebral player along with being a good person off the field.

"He understands the game and has been coached by some great guys," Riley said. "I see him with a bright future.

"I don't think he's ever been in trouble in school at all. He's just a great guy, quiet guy that goes to class and does what he is supposed to do. He isn't a rah-rah kind of guy where he is out of place. He gets excited about the game and is a great person."

Florida returns just nine linemen from a year ago and four of them have never played a down of college football. The chance to come in and play right away is there for those that can push themselves. Riley believes that Dorsey is that guy.

"Yes he is," Riley said about Dorsey being capable of playing right away. "I believe that we coach our guys up as good as anyone in the country so that when they go to the next level they have an idea of how to work. When you go to school at Florida, the learning curve is short and he will fit right in."

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