Phillip Dorsett missed five games last season with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee – not to mention a pulled left quadriceps just before the Russell Athletic Bowl.
But man, can this Miami Hurricane fly.
This month, Dorsett set a University of Miami all-time best of 4.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash, bettering former Hurricane Sam Shields’ 4.26 record.
Both those times, said UM Canes strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey, were averages of a few stopwatches timing the players for each 40.
One stopwatch, Swasey said, had Dorsett running a 4.18.
“He’s definitely explosive,” Swasey said Friday of the senior, who graduated from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas High and has caught 85 passes for 1,261 yards and seven touchdowns in 32 games. “Dorsett has gotten so much faster. It’s amazing what he has done.”
It’s the heart of the summer, but the Canes (9-4 in 2013), who begin fall camp Aug. 5, are still out there running and jumping and pulling and sweating to prepare for practice and their season opener Sept. 1 at Louisville.
The second-fastest Cane is receiver Herb Waters (4.39 average, 4.33 fastest), also coming off a knee injury.
Duke Johnson, who said he’s fully recuperated from a broken ankle, was clocked at a 4.42 average, with a 4.33 best.
Another eye-opening number: sophomore running back Gus Edwards’ new power-clean record of 362 pounds, which broke Willis McGahee’s record (357) for running backs.
Pound-for-pound strength-wise, linebacker Denzel Perryman, listed as 242 pounds, leads the Hurricanes, Swasey said. He broke a 29-year-old squat record for linebackers with his 605-pound squat. He benched 435 pounds and power-cleaned 342.
Defensive tackle Corey King led the team with 41 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.
And safety Jamal Carter, a 6-1, 207-pound sophomore out of Miami Southridge, set the defensive backs power clean record of 318 pounds – 10 pounds more than the late Sean Taylor.
Defensive tackle transfer Michael Wyche, now down to 343 pounds with another seven to go, benched 435 pounds. “He’s a beast on the bench, but we’ve got to get his legs stronger,” Swasey said.
“I’m so excited to get the guys ready to roll. Year after year I swap out a stronger group [of players who graduated] for a weaker group, so for me it starts all over.”