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Story of endurance Dorsey to play in all-star game in efforts to reach NFL

Kenneth Dorsey (#52) thrived in his college career at Louisiana-Monroe (Courtesy: ULM Athletics).Kenneth Dorsey (#52) thrived in his college career at Louisiana-Monroe (Courtesy: ULM Athletics).

New Orleans native and University of Louisiana-Monroe alum Kenneth Dorsey will compete in the Probound Sportswear Florida Bowl on March 24 in Tampa, Florida.

The Probound Sportswear Florida Bowl is a collegiate all-star game featuring draft eligible players from the state of Florida against players from across the nation. The game will provide players visibility and access to professional scouts and front office personnel in a professional setting. Players are looking to improve their draft position and show teams that they are ready for the next level of play. Each player is selected on their athletic ability as well as their character and community involvement

Dorsey was the starting defensive end for ULM the past two years. In 2010, he earned 1st team All-Louisiana and 2nd team All-Sun Belt Conference. He had a stabout two sack, eight tackle game in a loss to LSU. He followed his junior year with a 1st all-conference and all-Louisiana season. He finished his college career with over 100 tackles, 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and a 56-yard interception return. Kenneth was selected permanent team captain.

Kenneth started his football career as a linebacker at John Curtis Christian School. After Hurricane Katrina, he and his family moved from New Orleans to Lake Charles with 22 other family members. Once it was discovered that a 200-foot barge was on Kenneth's Lower 9th Ward home, his parents decided to enroll Kenneth and his two sisters into schools in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

After cramming into one house for about two weeks with 22 others, Kenneth's family moved to an apartment and enrolled him in LaGrange High. Kenneth played in two games for Lagrange and had over 20 tackles. Then Hurricane Rita ran Kenneth and all 22 family members to Homewood, Alabama outside of Birmingham. Kenneth and his family lived in a hotel for four weeks and a FEMA shelter for two weeks. Kenneth was able to enroll at Homewood High, a the defending 5A state champions making a run for a repeat. Kenneth was instrumental in the final seven games of the season, including the state championship game where he caught an interception and made several big plays to help Homewood repeat as champions.

The next year as a senior, Kenneth became an all-state linebacker and earned a scholarship to Louisiana-Monroe.

At 6-foot-1 and 255 pounds, Kenneth is projected as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in the pros.

Kenneth's father, uncles, and cousins all prepped at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. His cousin Nat Dorsey III was a 4th round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2004.

-- contributed by Kenneth Dorsey