Kevin Dorsey arrived at Maryland’s football team house early Sunday morning to scour the tape of another quiet day.
The senior wideout, who led the Terrapins with 45 receptions a year ago, has only three catches in as many games as Maryland (2-1) enters this week’s visit to No. 8 West Virginia (2-0).
He isn’t, however, interested in placing blame for his slow start in more than one place.
“The frustration comes with myself more than anything else,” Dorsey said. “I’m the type of person that if something’s not going right, the first thing I’m doing is looking at myself and seeing what I can improve on. I think even with some of the passes, regardless of the placement or where they might have been, I still felt I should have made the catch or made the play.”
It isn’t as if Dorsey is being ignored in Maryland’s offense, which ranks 119th of 120 major-college programs in total yardage per game. Quarterback Perry Hills has thrown to him 13 times, more than anyone else on the roster besides sophomore Marcus Leak (14).
And Dorsey’s still made a difference. He had crucial third-down receptions in fourth-quarter scoring drives to help the Terps defeat William & Mary and Temple.
“I think Kevin sees the big picture and understands the big picture,” coach Randy Edsall said. “We have plays that are called that are supposed to go to him. Sometimes they do a good job of covering him. Sometimes we might not execute it as well as we should. … Kevin knows and I know he’s going to have some big days for us before the year is over.”
Until that happens, though, Dorsey plans to use his typically reflective approach to improve his performance
“Until I can make those plays or consistently make those plays, I can’t make an argument about any reps or any balls being thrown my way, because they are being thrown my way,” Dorsey said. “I just need to find a better way to make the play.”
—- Patrick Stevens