The evolution of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton as an NFL quarterback has gained serious momentum as his performance on the field has reached an entirely new pinnacle during the 2013 football season.
Newton has improved in almost every statistical category and has increased his QB rating from 86.2 to 89.2 in just one year. Newton has thrown 22 TDs with only 12 interceptions and increased his completion percentage from 57% in 2012 to 62% in 2013.
His favorite target just happens to be former University of Miami TE Greg Olsen who leads the Panthers with 67 receptions (774 yards/5 TDs) this season.
Newton's sudden success may be attributed to a new quarterbacks coach in Carolina: Former UM QB Ken Dorsey. The information below about the former Hurricane signal caller is from the Panthers' web site:
Ken Dorsey draws on his experience as an NFL quarterback and record-setting passer at the University of Miami as Panthers quarterbacks coach, moving to the coaching staff from the scouting department.
Dorsey assumes the position in 2013 following two seasons as a pro scout for Carolina from 2011-12. In this role, he advanced the Panthers' upcoming opponents each week as well as evaluated free agents and prospects on other NFL rosters.
Prior to coming to Carolina, Dorsey served as an instructor at IMG Academy. He helped train NFL prospects before the 2011 NFL Draft, working with quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.
Dorsey himself played six years in the NFL from 2003-08 after being selected in the seventh round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. He spent three seasons with the 49ers and then three with the Cleveland Browns, making 13 starts and completing 214-of-408 passes for 2,082 yards and eight touchdowns.
A standout at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1999-2002, Dorsey is the winningest quarterback in school history with a 38-2 record as a starter and led the Hurricanes to the 2001 National Championship. He was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in May 2013.
The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist (2001, 2002) set numerous school records and still ranks as the all-time leader with 9,565 passing yards and 86 touchdown passes, while his 668 completions and 1,153 pass attempts stand second. As a junior in 2001, Dorsey won the Maxwell Award - presented to the college football player of the year - when he passed for 2,652 yards and 23 touchdowns on 184-of-318 attempts to compile a passer rating of 146.1.
There is little doubt that Dorsey has made an immediate impact on Newton's performance this season. In fact, Netwon recently praised Dorsey for his coaching and its impact on his excellent play in 2013.
Here's a thought: Maybe the University of Miami could use a QB coach like that?