By Andrew Alexander, DIG Sports Editor
As the 2015 football season approaches, the DIG Sports staff decided to take a look back at the best LSU players of the Les Miles era (2005-present). The Tigers have had 64 players drafted into the NFL with Miles at the helm, and the program led all schools with 38 former players on active NFL rosters during the opening weekend of the 2014 season.
No. 4 Glenn Dorsey
Position: Defensive Tackle
Career Highlight: Only player in LSU history to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, Lott Trophy and Lombardi Award.
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round 1 / Pick: 5 / Kansas City Chiefs
One word comes to mind when thinking of Glenn Dorsey: dominant.
Dorsey was a one-man wrecking crew by the time he reached upperclassman status, sweeping all the major awards – Nagurski, Outland, Lott and Lombardi – as a senior in 2007.
Dorsey was the face of the powerful Tiger defensive lines that terrorized opposing offenses during the early portion of the Les Miles era when LSU came to be known as “Defensive Line U.”
The Gonzales native’s impact at LSU was felt immediately when he recovered a fumble against Oregon State on his first collegiate snap, and recorded 18 tackles his freshman season. Dorsey finished a solid sophomore campaign with 28 tackles and three sacks.
It was not until his junior season, however, that Dorsey became a bona fide college football star. Dorsey had 22 solo tackles, 64 total tackles (third most on the team), 8.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks and garnered first team All-SEC and All-American honors.
Dorsey’s defensive production annually improved, culminating in a consensus All-American senior season in which he finished with 69 total tackles, 12.5 TFL and seven sacks in 2007. Even after suffering a leg-injury from a devastating chop block by Auburn guard Chaz Ramsey in the eighth game of the season, Dorsey continued to battle ferociously in the trenches of SEC play.
One week later on the road in Bryant-Denny Stadium, it was Dorsey who smashed Alabama guard Justin Britt, allowing LSU safety Chad Jones to burst through the line and strip Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson late in the fourth quarter of a 34-34 ballgame. The Tigers recovered the football at the Alabama four-yard line and scored the game winning touchdown two plays later.
To top it off, Dorsey finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2007 (way too low, but the Heisman has never been favorable towards linemen), behind quarterbacks Colt Brennan, Chase Daniel, Dennis Dixon, Pat White, Matt Ryan and running back Kevin Smith. Absurd!
Against the eventual Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, Dorsey registered a measly five tackles, a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass deflection, en route to the famous 28-24 victory over Florida on October 6, 2007.
Dorsey was called the Peyton Manning of defensive tackles by his teammate Marlon Favorite. Auburn guard Tim Duckworth compared Dorsey to the Energizer Bunny for his incessant motor on the field when pursuing opponents.
While routinely battling double teams, Dorsey always found a way to impact the opposing offense and typically racked up big numbers in the process.
Most importantly, Dorsey was a vital part of LSU’s BCS national title winning season in 2007, helping solidify the Tigers’ place amongst the college football elite of the 21st century.
Dorsey’s stellar collegiate career led to his selection as the fifth overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft.