Glenn Dorsey

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Glenn Dorsey
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At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 90     San Francisco 49ers
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-08-01) August 1, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 297 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school: Gonzales (LA) East Ascension
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 279
Quarterback sacks 6.0
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at
Stats at

Glenn Jamon Dorsey (born August 1, 1985) is an American football nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), received All-American honors twice, and was recognized as the top college defensive player. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Dorsey was born in Gonzales, Louisiana. He attended East Ascension High School in Gonzales, where he was rated among the nation's top defensive linemen and one of the top three prospects in the state. He was named Louisiana’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team 4A all-state selection. During his junior year, Dorsey had more than 100 tackles, and 12 sacks. As a senior he missed three games due to an ankle injury, and finished the season with 43 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Dorsey was listed as the No. 5 defensive tackle prospect in the nation in 2004.[1] Dorsey committed to Louisiana State on the eve of his junior season.

College career[edit]

While at Louisiana State University

Dorsey attended Louisiana State University, and played for coach Nick Saban and coach Les Miles' LSU Tigers football teams from 2004 to 2007. In 2004 as a true freshman, he started in 3 out of 12 games. On his first collegiate snap he recovered a fumble against Oregon State. He finished the year with 18 tackles.

In 2005, he started in 1 out of 13 games. He was among LSU's 4-player rotation at defensive tackle which included Claude Wroten and Kyle Williams. He finished the season with 28 tackles and 3 sacks.

In 2006, Dorsey was named to the 2006 All-American team and was All-SEC. He finished the season as the Tigers’ third-leading tackler with 64 stops, including 8.5 for losses and three sacks. Dorsey was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice during the season.

In 2007, Dorsey started 13 of 14 games recording 69 tackles, 7 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble. He was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season. Following the 2007 season, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. He also finished ninth in the 2007 voting for the Heisman Trophy,[2] receiving more votes than any other defensive player in the nation. In addition, Dorsey was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Outland Trophy, the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award, becoming the only player to have won all four awards.[3] Dorsey was a member of LSU's 2007 BCS Championship team. He was a key component in LSU’s drive to the BCS national title despite playing the second half of the season with knee and tailbone injuries.

Awards and honors[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

2004 LSU 11 3 18 6 12 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
2005 LSU 13 1 28 16 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2006 LSU 13 13 64 22 42 3 2 0 0 1 4 1 0
2007 LSU 14 13 69 39 30 12½ 7 3 0 1 0 4 0 0
Career 51 30 179 83 94 27 15 6 0 2 1 10 1 0

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Draft[edit]

Prior to the draft some NFL teams expressed concern over a lingering stress fracture Dorsey sustained in 2006. At the NFL Combine Dorsey spent nearly ten hours getting examined at an Indianapolis hospital.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1½ in 297 lb 5.12 s 1.74 s 2.98 s 4.80 s 7.52 s 25½ in 8 ft 4 in 27 reps 21
All values from LSU Pro Day (3/26/2008) except height, weight, and Wonderlic from NFL Combine.[5]
Prior to the NFL Combine Dorsey had reported 40-yard times between 4.98–5.09 seconds.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Dorsey was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs fifth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 26, 2008, he signed a five-year, $51 million contract with $23 million guaranteed.

On November 8 he recorded his first career sack against San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He finished his rookie season with 46 tackles and one sack.

When the Chiefs shifted to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Todd Haley, Dorsey switched positions to accommodate the scheme change, and he played defensive end.[6] Dorsey started 14 of 15 games during the 2009 season and had 54 tackles and one sack. In 2010 he started all 16 games and had 69 tackles and two sacks. In 2011 Dorsey had 62 tackles, but no sacks.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On March 13, 2013, Dorsey signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.[7] Dorsey was expected to be a reserve, but following the injury to starting nose tackle Ian Williams in week two, Dorsey took over the starting job. Dorsey signed a two-year extension with San Francisco on August 19, 2014.[8]


  1. ^ " Defensive tackles 2004". 2004-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Long Finishes 10th in Heisman Voting". 2007-12-08. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  3. ^ "LSU's Dorsey beats out Ohio State's Laurinaitis for trophy". 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Glen Dorsey". NFL Draft 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Training Camp Battles: KC Chief Style". Arrowhead Pride. 2009-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Glenn Dorsey era over in Kansas City". 
  8. ^ Glenn Dorsey, San Francisco 49ers reach two-year deal

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