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Roster countdown #11: Vaughnte Dorsey

The senior safety has the potential to be a leader for the improved Red Raider defense

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

11th place on our roster countdown belongs to DB Vaughnte Dorsey, a senior DB from Cleveland, Mississippi. Dorsey came to Texas Tech from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he totaled 44 tackles, a sack, and an interception on his way to being named first team all division. Dorsey was a three star recruit on both Rivals and 247 Sports, choosing Texas Tech over the likes of Arizona State and East Carolina.

Dorsey stands at 5’11, 200 pounds, and has played a majority of his snaps at Tech at safety alongside Jah’Shawn Johnson.Dorsey’s size is prototypical for a safety coached by David Gibbs, and his ability to stop the run and play solid coverage makes him a good fit in a majority of defensive packages.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Last season Dorsey started 12 of 13 games, totaling 59 tackles, 3 pass breakups, a fumble forced and recovered, and an interception against Baylor. Dorsey also had a season high for tackles in the November 11th matchup against the Bears. Dorsey had at least five tackles in four of the last five games last year, and emerged as one of the Red Raiders’ most consistent defenders.

This season Dorsey looks to have locked up the starting strong safety spot alongside Jah’Shawn Johnson. His strength and pass coverage will be important if Texas Tech wants to continue their progress on defense and lead the team to more success in Dorsey’s final year in Lubbock.