Aug. 18, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Much of the news in college football leading up to the 2004 season has been about recruiting scandals, disciplinary issues among players and programs under investigation by the NCAA.
You don't hear a lot about the good stories in the game, and most of the stories don't have happy endings.
Dorsey Golston's story is a good one, and as far as a happy ending, that is still a work in progress.
Golston signed with the University of Wyoming in 2002 as a safety out of Southeast High in Kansas City, Mo. He came to Laramie with high accolades. He was a first-team all-state pick as a senior in Missouri's largest classification for prep football. He recorded 135 tackles and had five interceptions.
Golston was named his league's Most Valuable Player his junior and senior seasons and was a three-time all conference selection.
Golston redshirted his first year at UW, but like many college students, he had trouble adjusting to life away from home.
"Mostly I was just homesick and was going home a lot," he said.
Golston also had difficulties getting used to the academic side of college. Larger classes intimidated him, and on top of being homesick, his grades suffered.
They suffered so much that Golston was academically ineligible for the 2003 season, and he lost his scholarship.
UW coaches advised him to go home and attend a junior college to improve his grades.
After a talk with his dad, Golston had other ideas.
"I wanted to come back to Wyoming, where I was supposed to be," he said.
Golston enrolled in school for the fall semester of 2003, and he and his family took out student loans to pay for it.
After a home game with Kansas, UW coach Joe Glenn saw Golston walking through the Rochelle Athletics Center and asked him if he was visiting.
Golston said he was back in school.
Glenn promised him that if he got his grades up, he would put him back on scholarship.
With a lot of help from UW's academic support staff in the athletics department, Golston had a 3.2 grade point average during the spring semester and also did well enough in summer school to earn his scholarship back.
"What a great story. I'm so proud of Dorsey and the effort he made," Glenn said. "He'll get on the field, and when he does, I'll think wrestle-backs - he came back the hard way. No one will be happier for Dorsey Golston than me - other than maybe Dorsey Golston."
Added Golston: "The only hard part now is that I told myself that if I ever got above a 3.0, I would try to stay above it," Golston said. "I got a 3.2 in the spring semester, so I'm going to try and stay above it."
Now that Golston's academic struggles seem to be behind him, he can concentrate on what motivated him to improve his grades in the first place - football.
He hasn't played in a game since the fall of 2001 and has never played in a college game.
Still, coaches have been impressed with the 6-foot, 191-pound Golston enough to list him as both a safety and cornerback. He is currently listed as the backup at free safety behind sophomore John Wendling.
"He's very multiple," UW defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mike Breske said. "He will play in our nickel and dime packages. He's got a tremendous football sense and awareness. It's still there.
"That `P' word - potential - is unlimited with Dorsey. I really feel the fans are going to see something out of this kid."
Breske said Golston has been a consistent player in practice, but he must wait and see how that translates on the field in a game.
While large class sizes were tough for Golston, he said playing in front of thousands of fans in a game will be another eye-opener.
But if Golston treats that like he did his academics, that too should have a happy ending.
"I'm in heaven right now," Golston said. "I think I can help them out a lot. Wherever they want to put me, I'll do it."