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Dosh banks future on Pirates staff report

Patrick Dosh (13) during a Florida practice session. (Submitted photo)

His winding journey from Richmond to Greenville involved two rounds of recruiting trips over two years, with a season-long layover in Gainesville. In the end, Patrick Dosh finally landed at the destination where he believes he'll have an equitable chance to prove his mettle.

After spending last season and spring practice fighting for position in a logjam of quarterbacks at Florida, the former Virginia prep star has decided to bring his considerable skills to East Carolina.

Dosh is a mobile quarterback and that doesn’t include his running ability, which accounted for 945 yards rushing his senior season at Richmond's Benedictine High in 2001.

A historical footnote should mention that he played middle school football with Pirate defensive back Mickey McCoy in Marietta, Ga., before Dosh's family moved to Richmond to give him the optimum opportunity to play high school football.

Dosh initially committed to Virginia Tech after passing for a Virginia state record 8,648 yards, a total that surpassed Ronald Curry’s previous state mark.

He also visited North Carolina the first time he went through the recruiting process. But when Ron Zook became coach at Florida following Steve Spurrier’s departure to guide the Washington Redskins, the Gators made a late push.

Dosh visited Gainesville the weekend before the national signing date in February of 2002 and opted for the Gators. He redshirted at Florida last season, working as scout team quarterback against a defense coordinated by first-year ECU head coach John Thompson.

“He (Thompson) would always tell me, 'Nice pass.,' if I completed one against his defense when we were practicing,” Dosh said.

Dosh was psyched to compete for the starting job in spring practice.

“I went all through spring and played very well,” Dosh said. “As far as I was concerned I was growing as a quarterback and learning the Florida system. But I told my dad I didn’t think I was getting a fair opportunity. I thought the coaching staff already had a plan for how they wanted things to turn out.

“Ingle Martin and Gavin Dickey were young quarterbacks and I wanted to get in a better situation.”

Dosh decided to transfer. He visited Georgia Tech, Hofstra and James Madison, where his father is a member of the JMU hall of fame. Patrick Joseph Dosh Sr. is the Dukes’ second leading career rebounder and is fourth on the school scoring list.

“I wanted two Division I-A options and two Division I-AA options,” Dosh said of his methodical approach to transferring. “I considered Hofstra because they throw the ball all over the place.”

Dosh could have played immediately at a I-AA program. His old friend McCoy hosted Dosh (6-feet-3, 218 pounds) on his official visit to East Carolina several weeks ago and Dosh felt comfortable about working in the offense directed by new Pirates coordinator Rick Stockstill.

“Coach Stockstill seems to simplify the game from the quarterback perspective,” Dosh said. “It’s so much simpler than Florida on quarterbacks — not to have to worry about so many hot reads and sight adjustments. That’s huge. You consider he played quarterback at Florida State and you think, ‘He’s been in our shoes.’

“The offense seems to be 50-50 run/pass and there’s a lot of shotgun, which I love. ... I love to tuck and run when there’s nothing there. My running ability surprised them at Florida.”

Dosh ran a 4.76-second 40-yard dash for the Gators.

He visited ECU again a few days ago to confirm his decision to join the Pirates program. Dosh will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2004. His admiration for Thompson was a key factor in his decision as well as the chance to play on the Division I-A level.

“If I don’t give myself another opportunity at this level I might always wonder what would have happened if I had given myself this chance,” he said.

Dosh’s favorite sports personality is Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. He turned 19 on April 22. His favorite actor is Method Man and his favorite musician is Tim McGraw. A cousin of the two-time all Virginia selection, Joe Fleming, played in the CFL.

ECU’s returning starter at quarterback, Paul Troth, will be a junior for the 2003 season.

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02/23/2007 01:24:23 PM

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