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Tragedy strikes USF: Keeley Dorsey has died

Early Edition: The 19-year-old was in a routine conditioning workout when he collapsed.

By GREG AUMAN
Published January 17, 2007


TAMPA -- USF football player Keeley Dorsey, a freshman running back from Tallahassee, died Wednesday afternoon after being rushed by ambulance from USF's athletic facility to a local hospital. He was 19 years old. Dorsey was in a routine conditioning workout when he collapsed.

Dorsey was taken to University Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:34.

Dorsey, a graduate of Tallahassee's Lincoln High School, was one of six players who saw game action as true freshman during the 2006 season, finishing with 10 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back scored a 52-yard touchdown on the final play of USF's 41-10 win against McNeese State in the season opener.

"Our entire athletic family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss," said athletic director Doug Wooldard at a news conference on campus.

Coach Jim Leavitt was in West Palm Beach on a recruiting trip Wednesday and was expected to return Wednesday night. Wooldard addressed the team before speaking with the media.

It's the second athlete death at USF in 15 months. Basketball player Bradley Mosley died in October 2005 after a yearlong battle with a rare form of kidney cancer.

USF football also lost Patrick Payton when he died in a motorcycle accident in 2001 after redshirting as a freshman.