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1971 Miami Dolphins

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10-3-1, AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.7, Offense: 2.4, Defense: 5.3, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (22.5/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 174 points (12.4/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 141 points (10.1/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.2-2.8.

Coach: Don Shula (10-3-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Howard Schnellenberger
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

Stadium: Orange Bowl
 Training Camp: St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Griese*+ 26 4 13 145 for 263, 2,089 yards, 19 td, 9 int, & 26 rushes for 82 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
RB Jim Kiick 25 3 11 162 rushes for 738 yards, 3 td, & 40 catches for 338 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 5th / 118th pick / 1968
FB Larry Csonka*+ 25 3 14 195 rushes for 1,051 yards, 7 td, & 13 catches for 113 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
WR Howard Twilley 28 5 12 23 catches for 349 yards, 4 td Miami Dolphins / 12th / 101st pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 209th pick / 1966
WR Paul Warfield*+ 29 7 14 43 catches for 996 yards, 11 td, & 9 rushes for 115 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 4th / 28th pick / 1964
TE Marv Fleming 29 8 13 13 catches for 137 yards, 2 td Denver Broncos / 9th / 69th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 11th / 154th pick / 1963
LT Doug Crusan 25 3 14 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 27th pick / 1968
LG Bob Kuechenberg 24 1 14 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
C Bob DeMarco 33 10 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 157th pick / 1960
RG Larry Little*+ 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered
RT Norm Evans 29 6 14 Houston Oilers / 14th / 106th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Riley 26 4 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1967
LDT Manny Fernandez 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDT Bob Heinz 24 2 10 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
RDE Bill Stanfill* 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 11th pick / 1969
LLB Doug Swift 23 1 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
MLB Nick Buoniconti 31 9 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 13th / 102nd pick / 1962
RLB Mike Kolen 23 1 10 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 289th pick / 1970
LCB Tim Foley 23 1 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
RCB Curtis Johnson 23 1 10 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
SS Dick Anderson 25 3 14 2 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
FS Jake Scott* 26 1 14 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 7th / 159th pick / 1970
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian+ 27 5 0 28 of 40 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points
P Larry Seiple 26 4 0 52 punts for a 40.1 average, 1 blocked Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
PR Jake Scott* 26 1 14 33 punt returns for a 9.6 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 7th / 159th pick / 1970
KR Mercury Morris* 24 2 3 15 kick returns for a 28.2 average and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Dick Anderson 25 SS 14 14 196 6-2 Colorado 2/10/1946 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
85 Nick Buoniconti 31 MLB 14 14 220 5-11 Notre Dame 12/15/1940 9 9 Boston Patriots / 13th / 102nd pick / 1962
31 Terry Cole 26 4 0 220 6-2 Indiana 7/7/1945 3 0 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 242nd pick / 1968
71 Frank Cornish 27 10 2 282 6-4 Grambling St. 6/20/1944 5 4 Chicago Bears / 11th / 144th pick / 1965
77 Doug Crusan 25 LT 14 14 250 6-5 Indiana 7/26/1946 3 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 27th pick / 1968
39 Larry Csonka*+ 25 FB 14 14 237 6-3 Syracuse 12/25/1946 3 14 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
61 Bob DeMarco 33 C 14 14 248 6-2 Indiana,Dayton 9/16/1938 10 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 157th pick / 1960
86 Vern Den Herder 23 14 0 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 Rook 5 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
73 Norm Evans 29 RT 14 14 250 6-5 TCU 9/28/1942 6 7 Houston Oilers / 14th / 106th pick / 1965
58 Dale Farley 22 4 0 225 6-3 West Virginia 9/27/1949 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 74th pick / 1971
75 Manny Fernandez 25 LDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 7/3/1946 3 9
80 Marv Fleming 29 TE 14 13 232 6-4 Utah 1/2/1942 8 2 Denver Broncos / 9th / 69th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 11th / 154th pick / 1963
25 Tim Foley 23 LCB 14 14 194 6-0 Purdue 1/22/1948 1 8 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
32 Hubert Ginn 24 14 0 185 5-10 Florida A&M 1/4/1947 1 1 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 211th pick / 1970
12 Bob Griese*+ 26 QB 14 13 190 6-1 Purdue 2/3/1945 4 15 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
72 Bob Heinz 24 RDT 14 10 265 6-6 Pacific 7/25/1947 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
45 Curtis Johnson 23 RCB 14 10 196 6-1 Toledo 6/22/1948 1 6 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
49 Ray Jones 24 2 0 187 5-11 Southern 12/24/1947 1 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 34th pick / 1970
21 Jim Kiick 25 RB 13 11 214 5-11 Wyoming 8/9/1946 3 14 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 118th pick / 1968
57 Mike Kolen 23 RLB 14 10 220 6-2 Auburn 1/31/1948 1 7 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 289th pick / 1970
67 Bob Kuechenberg 24 LG 14 14 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 1 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
62 Jim Langer 23 14 0 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 1 4
15 Charlie Leigh 26 14 0 206 5-11 none 10/29/1945 3 0
66 Larry Little*+ 26 RG 14 14 265 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 11/2/1945 4 14
88 Jim Mandich 23 11 1 224 6-2 Michigan 7/30/1948 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1970
78 Wayne Mass 25 11 0 240 6-4 Clemson 3/11/1946 3 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 99th pick / 1968
53 Bob Matheson 27 lb 14 1 238 6-4 Duke 11/25/1944 4 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
10 George Mira 29 qb 6 1 190 6-0 Miami (FL) 1/11/1942 7 1 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 18th / 137th pick / 1964
79 Wayne Moore 26 1 0 265 6-6 Lamar 8/17/1945 1 3
22 Mercury Morris* 24 KR 14 3 190 5-10 West Texas A&M 1/5/1947 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969
26 Lloyd Mumphord 25 14 4 176 5-10 Texas Southern 12/20/1946 2 4 Miami Dolphins / 16th / 401st pick / 1969
89 Karl Noonan 27 14 0 198 6-2 Iowa 2/17/1944 5 3
48 Bob Petrella 27 12 0 190 5-11 Tennessee 11/7/1944 5 3 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 64th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 181st pick / 1966
56 Jesse Powell 24 14 3 220 6-2 West Texas A&M 4/14/1947 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 219th pick / 1969
74 John Richardson 26 rdt 10 5 245 6-3 UCLA 5/25/1945 4 4 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 216th pick / 1967
70 Jim Riley 26 LDE 13 13 250 6-4 Oklahoma 7/6/1945 4 9 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1967
13 Jake Scott* 26 FS 14 14 188 6-0 Georgia 7/20/1945 1 12 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 159th pick / 1970
20 Larry Seiple 26 P 14 0 214 6-0 Kentucky 2/14/1945 4 3 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
84 Bill Stanfill* 24 RDE 13 12 250 6-5 Georgia 1/13/1947 2 12 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 11th pick / 1969
82 Otto Stowe 22 12 2 188 6-2 Iowa St. 2/25/1949 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1971
59 Doug Swift 23 LLB 14 14 226 6-3 Amherst 10/24/1948 1 9
81 Howard Twilley 28 WR 14 12 185 5-10 Tulsa 12/25/1943 5 6 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 101st pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 209th pick / 1966
42 Paul Warfield*+ 29 WR 14 14 188 6-0 Ohio St. 11/28/1942 7 19 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 4th / 28th pick / 1964
1 Garo Yepremian+ 27 K 14 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 5 6
Team Total 25.6 14 221.0 6-1.7 3.2