LSU football: 5 great players who didn’t live up to the NFL hype

JaMarcus Russell of the LSU Tigers. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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LSU football overrated players, NFL busts
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Over his first two seasons with LSU, Glenn Dorsey was merely a part of a rotation on the defensive line. He made only three starts as a true freshman in 2004 and actually saw that number decline as a sophomore, making a start in only one game for the Tigers, though he did play often in limited reps, which allowed him to notch three sacks.

The following season, however, Dorsey enjoyed his breakout campaign. He finished the year with 64 tackles, which ranked third on the LSU defense and also added three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. For his dominant season at nose tackle, he was named First-Team All-SEC and First-Team All-American. That set the stage for one of the best defensive seasons in LSU history the next year.

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As a senior in the 2007 season, helping lead LSU to a BCS National Championship, Dorsey was a monster. He had a career-high 69 tackles, seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Once again, he earned All-SEC and All-American honors but also won four major defensive awards and was so good that the big man actually finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting.

Despite injury concerns entering the 2008 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the No. 5 overall pick. Though Dorsey played eight NFL seasons, five with the Chiefs and three with the 49ers, he never lived up to his college hype or draft billing. He finished his career with only 92 games played, just 297 combined tackles (less than 40 per season) and only six sacks. Whatever dominance he had with the Tigers was never there in the NFL.