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KFBCA Top 11: Tyler Dorsey

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Tyler Dorsey, NT, 6-1, 280, Derby

  • Derby nose tackle Tyler Dorsey, brought to you by Fort Scott Community College and Visit Fort Scott. (Photo by Derek Livingston,
    Derby nose tackle Tyler Dorsey, brought to you by Fort Scott Community College and Visit Fort Scott. (Photo by Derek Livingston,

The Kansas Football Coaches Association picked their All-State teams last weekend, including their Top 11. Kansas Pregame is providing detailed capsules for each of Top 11 selections.

Check out Derby nose tackle Tyler Dorsey's capsule below:

Tyler Dorsey, NT, 6-1, 280, Derby

While Tre Washington was the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division I Offensive Player of the Year, Derby’s Tyler Dorsey was the AVCTL DI Defensive Player of the Year. 

Dorsey led the Panthers in tackles from his nose tackle position with 89 and a dominant 28 tackles for loss. For his career, Dorsey tallied 160 tackles and 48 tackles for loss. Dorsey was the defensive leader for a Derby team that posted three shutouts and held opponents to seven or fewer points in eight games on the way to their second straight state title.

While Dorsey and the rest of the starters often played two quarters, he was still able to put up insane numbers. Additionally, Dorsey regularly received double teams from offensive linemen, allowing other Panther defenders to shine.

In the 63-26 title game win over Olathe North, Dorsey recorded eight tackles to go along with a blocked punt.

Dorsey currently holds offers from Washburn University, Independence Community College, and Friends University.

Derby coach Brandon Clark on Dorsey: “Tyler was the staple of our defense the past few years. He had such a tremendous motor at nose tackle that he forced other teams to use two or three guys to block him, which let our linebackers play free. The best part of Tyler is that he never once complained about occupying offensive linemen. He would do whatever he could to make our team a better team. He never was concerned about how many tackles or sacks he got. This year, Tyler played in 13 games and out of those 13 games he played in, our defense was only scored on four times when Tyler was in the game.”

Topeka High coach Walt Alexander on Dorsey: “He was the best D-Lineman we saw all year, he can destroy an offense by himself, just a dominant force inside.”

Check out Dorsey's Hudl highlights below:

Dorsey was featured in our 2018 issue of Kansas Pregame in a profile on some of the top linemen in the class of 2020. Find that feature, by Conor Nicholl below:

Derby enjoyed a Class 6A state runner-up finish last fall with a smaller line than most of the top teams. 

This season, Tyler Dorsey, an offensive guard/nose guard, is expected to move into a full-time starting role and provide plenty of size at 6-1, 270 pounds.
Dorsey played some junior varsity in 2017. The Panthers have one combined loss in freshman and J.V. football the last eight years. J.V. finished 7-0 with an average score of 51-7. “Has a non-stop motor to him,” coach Brandon Clark said. “He started a few games last year, but then got injured. He’s a student of the game and very aggressive.”
Dorsey said his favorite aspect of football is the brotherhood formed with teammates. 

Derby is one of the traditional powers in Kansas history with 30 playoff berths, four titles and five runner-up finishes. The Panthers have most recently captured titles in ’13, ’15 and ’16.


The KFBCA All-State teams are composed of seniors only and only players from dues paying members of the association are considered. Coaches must nominate players for consideration and member coaches vote on the players after watching film and listening to coaches profile their nominees.
The KFBCA is composed of only 11-Man coaches. The 8-Man coaches operate a separate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.