BOULDER — Sophomore quarterback Stevie Joe Dorman is leaving the University of Colorado football program, head coach Mike MacIntyre announced late Tuesday.
But he will still be a Buffalo.
Dorman, a 6-2, 215-pound third-year sophomore from Somerset, Texas, informed MacIntyre that he will be transferring to West Texas A&M, the nation’s No. 19 ranked team in Division II and who are also nicknamed the Buffaloes.
“I’m leaving because I would really like to play my final two years of eligibility, it’s as simple as that,” Dorman said. “Sefo (Liufau) is doing a great job here, and I honestly don’t think I could take his spot. But I really enjoyed my three years here at CU, I liked my coaches, and appreciated what everyone did for me, especially the academic support you receive here.
“But I want to go and do my thing, and there’s a spot for me on the West Texas A&M team, and I plan on competing for the starting job there. It’s also closer to home, about halfway between here and there, but more importantly, I’ll be eligible to compete right away and if I transfer now, I’ll be able to compete in spring practices.”
West Texas, 11-2 on the season and in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs, will be looking for a new starting quarterback in 2014. Their current signal caller, Dustin Vaughan, is a senior and is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, having thrown for 5,004 yards and 49 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions, in 13 games this season.
At Colorado, Dorman redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, and as a redshirt frosh, was sidelined for about half the season with a severe abdominal strain and never played in any games. He had entered that fall listed third at quarterback after a fine spring when he got some decent rep work: in the main scrimmage action, he completed 11-of-13 passes for 122 yards (0 TD/0 INT) and did not take a sack; his passer rating was 163.4. This past fall, he was tied for third on the depth chart for most of the year but did not see any game action.
His mother’s brothers more than made their mark in college football, as he is the nephew of former CU quarterback Koy Detmer (his quarterback coach at Somerset his senior year), and former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner.
MacIntyre added that no other player at this time has approached him about considering a transfer.