Dorsey Returns To His CFL Roots
Feb. 19, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Former UNLV running back and kick returner Dominique Dorsey (2001-04) returned to his roots this week by signing with the Canadian Football League team that gave him his start, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
One of 2010's top free agents north of the border, Dorsey had become a star special teams player while suiting up for the Toronto Argonauts the past few seasons after spending the first two years of his pro career with the Riders. He was traded to Winnipeg in 2007 but ended up flourishing after eventually signing with the Argos.
Dorsey, who was named the CFL's Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2008, left Canada in the 2009 off-season to sign a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins. When the native of Tulare, Calif., did not make the final roster he headed back up north before an injury cut his season short.
In 54 CFL games, Dorsey has had 145 kickoff returns for 3,239 yards and two touchdowns and 212 punt returns for 2,301 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, the 26-year-old has run the ball 119 times for 657 yards and four touchdowns to go with 26 receptions for 381 yards.
"This team has a great foundation to it and it was a no-brainer to me as to where I wanted to go," Dorsey said in a team statement. "When I look at this team, one word comes out and that word is winning. They have won a Grey Cup, they have been to another game that they maybe should have won and they are experienced. There are a lot of guys still here that were here when I left, guys that are leaders. There's a distinct winning attitude around here and I want to be a part of that."
The 5-foot-7 sparkplug is the last Rebel to have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season, going for a MWC-leading 1,261 as a senior in 2004. He also finished sixth all-time at UNLV with a kickoff return average of 23.4.