A Ken-do attitude

MIKE GANTER, TQMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 AM ET

There is no wiggle room where Ken Dorsey is concerned.

At the age of 29, with a one-year-old at home with his wife in Florida and a second child due in July, Dorsey says he’s here for the long haul.

And that means starter, backup or even third-string quarterback.

On his resume, Dorsey has 38 wins with the University of Miami, 17 starts as an NFL quarterback with plenty of time carrying a clipboard in the same league over four seasons.

But even if the worst-case scenario unfolds for Dorsey — and that would be finishing third behind Cleo Lemon and Dalton Bell in the Argonauts quarterback ranks — Dorsey says he’s here until the end of the season.

“I’m going to be here. I want to be here,” Dorsey said.

“I wouldn’t have come up if I hadn’t thought out every scenario.

“If I am the No. 3 guy, I’m still going to do everything I can to help this team win. I’m not going anywhere.”

In a day and age when professional athletes demand trades because the same guy who plays his position on another team just got a raise and he didn’t, or guys with $100-million contracts scream trade me because a coach has brought a new defensive scheme in — hello Albert Haynesworth — this type of dedication is refreshing.

“I made a commitment to this team and I wouldn’t make a commitment that I wouldn’t honour,” Dorsey said.

“I just feel that way. No matter what role I’m in, I’m a team guy and all I care about is how the team does. That’s what is important to me. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys on this team and the coaching staff.

“I feel like they respect my opinion and (if it comes to) me being the No. 3 guy, I’ll be able to have a role whether it’s helping coaches out or players out.”

On the family front, Dorsey is in the process of making arrangements to have his family come up for the season but that’s on hold until the newest member of the family arrives in July.

Dorsey had just about closed the door on his playing career after sitting out nearly a whole 2009-2010 season — he filled the time helping coach a local high school football team — but then the Argos came calling and Dorsey was more than ready to answer the bell.

“After my last year in Cleveland, I said if I had one more opportunity to kind of have fun playing football again I wanted to take advantage of that,” Dorsey said.

“There were some coaching opportunities and some other opportunities that I had, but you only might get this one opportunity to play football.

“It’s not something that will come around later in life. It’s just a situation I had to take advantage of.”

And not that he hated all his time in Cleveland, but reading between the lines, it’s clear Dorsey didn’t want that experience to be his final on-field one either.

“I enjoyed a lot of aspects of my time there and I really didn’t like a lot of the aspects of my time there so it was good and bad but it’s a better situation for me not being there now,” he said.

“That’s why this was such a great opportunity for me. I can go out and just have fun playing football again. At times it was difficult for me to do that in the past.”

Head coach Jim Barker won’t make his final roster decisions until Sunday after the Argos’ final pre-season game Saturday in Montreal, but in all likelihood, Lemon will be the starter with Bell the backup and Dorsey No. 3 on the depth chart.

Barker said yesterday the bulk, if not all of Saturday’s game will go to Lemon, followed by Bell. Dorsey could get in a few series’ late in the game, but that is dependent on what the other two accomplish.

Danny Brannagan, the former Queen’s standout and fourth quarterback in camp, probably will be placed on the practice roster.

Barker did say that if one of the three gets hurt, Brannagan would be brought back as opposed to starting over with a quarterback, who has not been with the team.


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