TAHLEQUAH — “It’s a good experience,” Dortch said. “I learned a lot on the field, but I also learned about keeping your head right in college and learning plays. Getting to learn from a senior in front of you, that’s pretty good knowledge to have in front of you.”
While Dortch appears primed to take over Whitlow’s spot for years to come, he could very well become an anchor in the middle of NSU’s defense. Evans would be lying if he said he hadn’t considered it.
“He fit a need, so right now he’s backing up Whitlow,” Evans said. “But he would be a guy we could move to middle linebacker in a second when Jack Gray graduates — or if something happens. He handles the ball great, but he’s one of the surest tacklers we have.”
Dortch played on both sides of the ball in high school, and he said he’s open to wherever the NSU coaching staff wants to put him.
“I want the coaches to put me in the position that I need to be in,” Dortch said. “I feel like they do a real good job of putting players where they need to be, so it’s basically up to Coach Evans.”
Regardless of which side of the ball Dortch finishes his career on, Evans said it’ll be a special tenure turned in by a player wearing the green and white.
“He has a chance to be a special player here,” Evans said.