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1976 Miami Dolphins

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6-8-0, AFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -1.8, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 263 points (18.8/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 264 points (18.9/g), 15th.
 Differential of -1 points (-0.1/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.0-7.0.

Coach: Don Shula (6-8-0)
 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 31 9 13 162 for 272, 2,097 yards, 11 td, 12 int, & 23 rushes for 108 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
RB Benny Malone 24 2 12 186 rushes for 797 yards, 4 td, & 9 catches for 103 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1974
FB Don Nottingham 27 5 8 63 rushes for 185 yards, 3 td, & 4 catches for 33 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 17th / 441st pick / 1971
WR Nat Moore 25 2 9 33 catches for 625 yards, 4 td, & 4 rushes for 36 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
WR Freddie Solomon 23 1 8 27 catches for 453 yards, 2 td, & 4 rushes for 60 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
TE Andre Tillman 24 1 14 13 catches for 130 yards, 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1974
LT Wayne Moore 31 6 14
LG Bob Kuechenberg 29 6 10 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
C Jim Langer* 28 6 14
RG Larry Little 31 9 14 1 fumble recovered
RT Darryl Carlton 23 1 8 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1975
 Defensive Starters
LDE Vern Den Herder 28 5 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
LDT Randy Crowder 23 2 14 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 136th pick / 1974
RDT Don Reese 25 2 9 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
RDE John Andrews 25 1 6 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 175th pick / 1973
LLB Larry Gordon 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
MLB Steve Towle 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
RLB Bob Matheson 32 9 11 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
LCB Jeris White 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
RCB Curtis Johnson 28 6 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
SS Charlie Babb 26 4 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 5th / 129th pick / 1972
FS Barry Hill 23 1 6 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 5th / 127th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian 32 10 0 16 of 23 field goals & 29 of 31 extra points
P Larry Seiple 31 9 0 62 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
PR Freddie Solomon 23 1 8 13 punt returns for a 15.8 average and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
KR Gary Davis 22 Rook 1 26 kick returns for a 23.7 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 6th / 174th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Dick Anderson 30 9 0 196 6-2 Colorado 2/10/1946 8 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
70 John Andrews 25 RDE 14 6 251 6-5 Morgan St. 11/7/1951 1 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 175th pick / 1973
49 Charlie Babb 26 SS 14 14 190 6-0 Memphis 2/4/1950 4 5 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 129th pick / 1972
47 Ted Bachman 24 8 0 190 6-0 New Mexico St. 1/19/1952 Rook 2
31 Norm Bulaich 30 fb 11 7 218 6-1 TCU 12/25/1946 6 7 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 18th pick / 1970
85 Nick Buoniconti 36 11 4 220 5-11 Notre Dame 12/15/1940 14 3 Boston Patriots / 13th / 102nd pick / 1962
71 Darryl Carlton 23 RT 14 8 271 6-6 Tampa 6/24/1953 1 6 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1975
51 Rusty Chambers 23 10 0 218 6-1 Tulane 11/10/1953 1 3
74 Randy Crowder 23 LDT 14 14 242 6-2 Penn St. 7/30/1953 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 136th pick / 1974
27 Gary Davis 22 KR 14 1 202 5-10 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 9/7/1954 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 174th pick / 1976
83 Vern Den Herder 28 LDE 14 14 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 5 6 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
51 Mike Dennery 26 3 0 222 6-0 Southern Miss 6/26/1950 2 2 Oakland Raiders / 13th / 330th pick / 1974
78 Tom Drougas 27 14 2 257 6-4 Oregon 12/25/1949 4 4 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 22nd pick / 1972
48 Ken Ellis 29 12 5 190 5-10 Southern 9/27/1947 6 3 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1970
25 Tim Foley 28 2 2 194 6-0 Purdue 1/22/1948 6 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
50 Larry Gordon 22 LLB 14 14 230 6-4 Arizona St. 7/8/1954 Rook 6 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
12 Bob Griese 31 QB 13 13 190 6-1 Purdue 2/3/1945 9 12 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
26 Duriel Harris 22 wr 12 2 179 5-11 New Mexico St. 11/27/1954 Rook 5 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
35 Clayton Heath 25 6 0 195 5-11 Wake Forest 2/15/1951 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 13th / 338th pick / 1974
72 Bob Heinz 29 dt 14 5 265 6-6 Pacific 7/25/1947 7 2 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
44 Barry Hill 23 FS 6 6 185 6-3 Iowa St. 1/26/1953 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 127th pick / 1975
82 Ike Hill 29 2 0 180 5-10 Catawba 4/15/1947 6 0 Oakland Raiders / 9th / 232nd pick / 1970
43 Mike Holmes 26 3 0 193 6-2 Texas Southern 11/18/1950 2 2 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 18th pick / 1973
45 Curtis Johnson 28 RCB 13 9 196 6-1 Toledo 6/22/1948 6 3 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
67 Bob Kuechenberg 29 LG 10 10 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 6 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
62 Jim Langer* 28 C 14 14 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 6 14
66 Larry Little 31 RG 14 14 265 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 11/2/1945 9 9
32 Benny Malone 24 RB 14 12 193 5-10 Arizona St. 2/3/1952 2 9 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1974
88 Jim Mandich 28 14 3 224 6-2 Michigan 7/30/1948 6 4 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1970
53 Bob Matheson 32 RLB 13 11 238 6-4 Duke 11/25/1944 9 6 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
80 Loaird McCreary 23 14 0 227 6-5 Tennessee St. 3/15/1953 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 49th pick / 1976
68 Melvin Mitchell 23 12 0 260 6-3 Tennessee St. 2/21/1953 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 98th pick / 1976
89 Nat Moore 25 WR 9 9 184 5-9 Tenn-Martin,Florida 9/19/1951 2 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
79 Wayne Moore 31 LT 14 14 265 6-6 Lamar 8/17/1945 6 9
15 Earl Morrall 42 14 0 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 20 1 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
64 Ed Newman 25 LG 14 8 245 6-2 Florida Atlantic,Duke 6/4/1951 3 6 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
36 Don Nottingham 27 FB 14 8 210 5-10 Kent St. 6/28/1949 5 2 Baltimore Colts / 17th / 441st pick / 1971
82 Morris Owens 23 2 0 190 6-0 Arizona St. 2/14/1953 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 106th pick / 1975
60 Don Reese 25 RDT 14 9 254 6-6 Jackson St. 9/4/1951 2 4 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
30 Bryant Salter 26 fs 12 6 195 6-4 Pittsburgh 1/22/1950 5 3 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 115th pick / 1971
20 Larry Seiple 31 P 14 0 214 6-0 Kentucky 2/14/1945 9 4 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
51 Andy Selfridge 27 1 0 218 6-3 Virginia 1/12/1949 4 2 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 321st pick / 1972
86 Freddie Solomon 23 PR 10 8 185 5-11 Tampa 1/11/1953 1 8 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
84 Bill Stanfill 29 de 14 7 250 6-5 Georgia 1/13/1947 7 2 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 11th pick / 1969
10 Don Strock 26 qb 4 1 220 6-5 Virginia Tech 11/27/1950 2 2 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 111th pick / 1973
87 Andre Tillman 24 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Texas Tech 11/1/1952 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1974
56 Steve Towle 23 MLB 14 14 233 6-2 Kansas 10/23/1953 1 6 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
81 Howard Twilley 33 wr 8 6 185 5-10 Tulsa 12/25/1943 10 3 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 101st pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 209th pick / 1966
41 Jeris White 24 LCB 14 14 188 5-9 Hawaii 9/3/1952 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
33 Stan Winfrey 23 14 0 223 5-11 Arkansas St. 2/20/1953 1 3 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 49th pick / 1975
1 Garo Yepremian 32 K 14 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 10 5
Team Total 26.9 14 217.7 6-1.5 4.3