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2013 Player to Watch: Cordell Dorsey

There are high expectations for the Cooper Cougars this year, and their defense will have a big say in whether or not they live up to those demands. One player they will look lean on will be 2013 Player to Watch Cordell Dorsey.
There are high expectations for the Cooper Cougars this year, and their defense will have a big say in whether or not they live up to those demands. One player they will look lean on will be 2013 Player to Watch Cordell Dorsey.

Dorsey caught a lot of people's eye as a linebacker last season. The Baylor commit racked up 89 tackles and 10 sacks in the heart of Cooper's defense.

Now as a senior, Dorsey will have to keep up those numbers plus become the leader of a defense that only returns three starters.

"He leads by example, but he's doing a much better job, and I'm proud of him for how he leads vocally," said head coach Todd Moebes. "The way he practices, the way he works in the offseason, just his work ethic in general is something, i think, the rest of our guys see. They want to emulate, and he holds the level of the defense up to a high standard. I think those guys feed off that."

This year Dorsey will make the move to safety to help a rather inexperienced group. At the same time this won't be Dorsey's first trip to the defensive backfield.

"It's nothing necessarily new to him. He played there as a freshman. He's been a 25 game starter for us at outside-linebacker . His ability to be able to run sideline to sideline and those kind of things give you some more room to have some freedom at the back end.  So, we decided to make the transition to put him back at safety," said Moebes.

The Cougars are picked by Dave Campbell's Texas Football to win district 2-5A. If they're going to live up to those expectations they'll need a big year from their defense and Cordell Dorsey. That makes him a player to watch in 2013.
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