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1972 Miami Dolphins

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14-0-0, AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.0, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 6.5, SoS: -4.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 385 points (27.5/g), 1st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 171 points (12.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 214 points (15.3/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.2-1.8.

Coach: Don Shula (14-0-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Howard Schnellenberger
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Arnsparger

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


Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Earl Morrall+ 38 16 9 83 for 150, 1,360 yards, 11 td, 7 int, & 17 rushes for 67 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
RB Mercury Morris* 25 3 11 190 rushes for 1,000 yards, 12 td, & 15 catches for 168 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969
FB Larry Csonka* 26 4 14 213 rushes for 1,117 yards, 6 td, & 5 catches for 48 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
WR Howard Twilley 29 6 11 20 catches for 364 yards, 3 td Miami Dolphins / 12th / 101st pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 209th pick / 1966
WR Paul Warfield* 30 8 11 29 catches for 606 yards, 3 td, & 4 rushes for 23 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 4th / 28th pick / 1964
TE Marv Fleming 30 9 14 13 catches for 156 yards, 1 td Denver Broncos / 9th / 69th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 11th / 154th pick / 1963
LT Doug Crusan 26 4 9 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 27th pick / 1968
LG Bob Kuechenberg 25 2 14 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
C Jim Langer 24 2 14
RG Larry Little*+ 27 5 14
RT Norm Evans* 30 7 14 Houston Oilers / 14th / 106th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Vern Den Herder 24 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
LDT Manny Fernandez 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDT Bob Heinz 25 3 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
RDE Bill Stanfill*+ 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 11th pick / 1969
LLB Doug Swift 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Nick Buoniconti* 32 10 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 13th / 102nd pick / 1962
RLB Mike Kolen 24 2 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 12th / 289th pick / 1970
LCB Tim Foley 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
RCB Curtis Johnson 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
SS Jake Scott* 27 2 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 7th / 159th pick / 1970
FS Dick Anderson*+ 26 4 14 3 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian 28 6 0 24 of 37 field goals & 43 of 45 extra points
P Larry Seiple 27 5 0 36 punts for a 39.9 average, 0 blocked Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
PR Charlie Leigh 27 4 0 22 punt returns for a 9.5 average and 0 td
KR Mercury Morris* 25 3 11 14 kick returns for a 23.9 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Dick Anderson*+ 26 FS 14 14 196 6-2 Colorado 2/10/1946 4 14 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
49 Charlie Babb 22 14 0 190 6-0 Memphis 2/4/1950 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 129th pick / 1972
51 Larry Ball 23 10 0 232 6-6 Louisville 9/27/1949 Rook 5 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 91st pick / 1972
86 Marlin Briscoe 27 10 3 178 5-11 Nebraska-Omaha 9/10/1945 4 5 Denver Broncos / 14th / 357th pick / 1968
85 Nick Buoniconti* 32 MLB 14 14 220 5-11 Notre Dame 12/15/1940 10 14 Boston Patriots / 13th / 102nd pick / 1962
77 Doug Crusan 26 LT 11 9 250 6-5 Indiana 7/26/1946 4 6 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 27th pick / 1968
39 Larry Csonka* 26 FB 14 14 237 6-3 Syracuse 12/25/1946 4 13 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 8th pick / 1968
11 Jim Del Gaizo 25 4 0 198 6-1 Tampa,Syracuse 5/31/1947 Rook 1
83 Vern Den Herder 24 LDE 14 14 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 1 10 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
78 Jim Dunaway 31 rdt 6 6 277 6-4 Mississippi 9/3/1941 9 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 3rd pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 9th pick / 1963
73 Norm Evans* 30 RT 14 14 250 6-5 TCU 9/28/1942 7 11 Houston Oilers / 14th / 106th pick / 1965
75 Manny Fernandez 26 LDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 7/3/1946 4 10
80 Marv Fleming 30 TE 14 14 232 6-4 Utah 1/2/1942 9 3 Denver Broncos / 9th / 69th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 11th / 154th pick / 1963
25 Tim Foley 24 LCB 14 14 194 6-0 Purdue 1/22/1948 2 7 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
32 Hubert Ginn 25 14 0 185 5-10 Florida A&M 1/4/1947 2 2 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 211th pick / 1970
12 Bob Griese 27 qb 6 5 190 6-1 Purdue 2/3/1945 5 4 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
72 Bob Heinz 25 RDT 11 8 265 6-6 Pacific 7/25/1947 3 6 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
43 Mike Howell 29 1 0 195 6-1 Grambling St. 7/5/1943 7 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 111th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 15th / 118th pick / 1965
60 Al Jenkins 26 14 0 245 6-2 Southern Illinois,Tulsa 7/15/1946 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1969
28 Ed Jenkins 22 3 0 210 6-2 Holy Cross 8/31/1950 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 11th / 285th pick / 1972
45 Curtis Johnson 24 RCB 14 14 196 6-1 Toledo 6/22/1948 2 7 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
21 Jim Kiick 26 14 3 214 5-11 Wyoming 8/9/1946 4 8 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 118th pick / 1968
54 Howard Kindig 31 14 0 265 6-6 Los Angeles St. 6/22/1941 7 5 San Diego Chargers / 14th / 112th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 170th pick / 1964
57 Mike Kolen 24 RLB 13 13 220 6-2 Auburn 1/31/1948 2 9 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 289th pick / 1970
67 Bob Kuechenberg 25 LG 14 14 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 2 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
62 Jim Langer 24 C 14 14 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 2 9
23 Charlie Leigh 27 PR 14 0 206 5-11 none 10/29/1945 4 1
66 Larry Little*+ 27 RG 14 14 265 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 11/2/1945 5 17
7 Billy Lothridge 30 2 0 194 6-1 Georgia Tech 1/1/1942 8 2 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
88 Jim Mandich 24 14 0 224 6-2 Michigan 7/30/1948 2 3 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1970
53 Bob Matheson 28 lb 14 1 238 6-4 Duke 11/25/1944 5 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
65 Maulty Moore 26 14 0 265 6-5 Bethune-Cookman 8/12/1946 Rook 5
79 Wayne Moore 27 9 5 265 6-6 Lamar 8/17/1945 2 4
15 Earl Morrall+ 38 QB 14 9 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 16 11 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
22 Mercury Morris* 25 KR 14 11 190 5-10 West Texas A&M 1/5/1947 3 13 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969
26 Lloyd Mumphord 26 14 0 176 5-10 Texas Southern 12/20/1946 3 5 Miami Dolphins / 16th / 401st pick / 1969
56 Jesse Powell 25 14 0 220 6-2 West Texas A&M 4/14/1947 3 5 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 219th pick / 1969
13 Jake Scott* 27 SS 14 14 188 6-0 Georgia 7/20/1945 2 12 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 159th pick / 1970
20 Larry Seiple 27 P 11 0 214 6-0 Kentucky 2/14/1945 5 2 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
84 Bill Stanfill*+ 25 RDE 14 14 250 6-5 Georgia 1/13/1947 3 17 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 11th pick / 1969
82 Otto Stowe 23 9 3 188 6-2 Iowa St. 2/25/1949 1 5 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1971
59 Doug Swift 24 LLB 14 14 226 6-3 Amherst 10/24/1948 2 11
81 Howard Twilley 29 WR 13 11 185 5-10 Tulsa 12/25/1943 6 7 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 101st pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 209th pick / 1966
42 Paul Warfield* 30 WR 12 11 188 6-0 Ohio St. 11/28/1942 8 11 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 11th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 4th / 28th pick / 1964
1 Garo Yepremian 28 K 14 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 6 5
Team Total 26.5 14 219.2 6-1.7 3.9