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1977 Miami Dolphins

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.8, Offense: 4.4, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 313 points (22.4/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 197 points (14.1/g), 5th.
 Differential of 116 points (8.3/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.5-3.5.

Coach: Don Shula (10-4-0)
 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*+ 32 10 14 180 for 307, 2,252 yards, 22 td, 13 int, & 16 rushes for 30 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
RB Benny Malone 25 3 8 129 rushes for 615 yards, 5 td, & 4 catches for 58 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1974
FB Norm Bulaich 31 7 7 91 rushes for 416 yards, 4 td, & 25 catches for 180 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 18th pick / 1970
WR Nat Moore*+ 26 3 14 52 catches for 765 yards, 12 td, & 14 rushes for 89 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
WR Freddie Solomon 24 2 6 12 catches for 181 yards, 1 td, & 6 rushes for 43 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
TE Andre Tillman 25 2 14 17 catches for 169 yards, 2 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1974
LT Wayne Moore 32 7 14
LG Bob Kuechenberg* 30 7 12 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
C Jim Langer*+ 29 7 14
RG Larry Little 32 10 13 1 fumble recovered
RT Mike Current 32 10 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Vern Den Herder 29 6 11 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
NT Bob Baumhower 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
RDE A.J. Duhe 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 13th pick / 1977
LOLB Kim Bokamper 23 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 19th pick / 1976
LILB Steve Towle 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
RILB Bob Matheson 33 10 9 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
ROLB Larry Gordon 23 1 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
LCB Norris Thomas 23 Rook 10 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 9th / 257th pick / 1976
RCB Curtis Johnson 29 7 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
SS Tim Foley 29 7 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
FS Vern Roberson 25 Rook 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian 33 11 0 10 of 22 field goals & 37 of 40 extra points
P Mike Michel 23 Rook 0 35 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked Miami Dolphins / 5th / 113th pick / 1977
PR Freddie Solomon 24 2 6 32 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
KR Gary Davis 23 1 6 14 kick returns for a 29.6 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)
76 John Alexander 22 4 0 250 6-2 Rutgers 11/12/1955 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 11th / 291st pick / 1977
40 Dick Anderson 31 14 4 196 6-2 Colorado 2/10/1946 9 3 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1968
85 Terry Anderson 22 11 0 182 5-9 Bethune-Cookman 1/10/1955 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 321st pick / 1977
49 Charlie Babb 27 db 6 4 190 6-0 Memphis 2/4/1950 5 2 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 129th pick / 1972
52 Larry Ball 28 8 0 232 6-6 Louisville 9/27/1949 5 3 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 91st pick / 1972
78 Carl Barisich 26 3 0 258 6-4 Princeton 7/12/1951 4 2 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 281st pick / 1973
73 Bob Baumhower 22 NT 14 14 261 6-5 Alabama 8/4/1955 Rook 7 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
58 Kim Bokamper 23 LOLB 14 14 245 6-6 Concordia-Moorhead (MN),San Jose St. 9/25/1954 Rook 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 19th pick / 1976
48 Wade Bosarge 22 5 0 175 5-10 Tulsa 9/14/1955 Rook 2
31 Norm Bulaich 31 FB 14 7 218 6-1 TCU 12/25/1946 7 9 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 18th pick / 1970
51 Rusty Chambers 24 lb 14 2 218 6-1 Tulane 11/10/1953 2 2
44 Charles Cornelius 25 13 0 176 5-9 Bethune-Cookman 7/27/1952 Rook 3
71 Mike Current 32 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 10 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
27 Gary Davis 23 KR 14 6 202 5-10 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 9/7/1954 1 10 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 174th pick / 1976
83 Vern Den Herder 29 LDE 11 11 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 6 5 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
77 A.J. Duhe 22 RDE 14 14 247 6-4 LSU 11/27/1955 Rook 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 13th pick / 1977
75 Rick Dvorak 25 1 0 240 6-4 Wichita St. 4/21/1952 3 2 New York Giants / 3rd / 55th pick / 1974
25 Tim Foley 29 SS 14 14 194 6-0 Purdue 1/22/1948 7 5 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 55th pick / 1970
50 Larry Gordon 23 ROLB 14 14 230 6-4 Arizona St. 7/8/1954 1 7 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
12 Bob Griese*+ 32 QB 14 14 190 6-1 Purdue 2/3/1945 10 16 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 4th pick / 1967
82 Duriel Harris 23 wr 14 4 179 5-11 New Mexico St. 11/27/1954 1 11 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
38 Leroy Harris 23 fb 11 5 226 5-9 Arkansas St. 7/3/1954 Rook 6 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 123rd pick / 1977
72 Bob Heinz 30 14 3 265 6-6 Pacific 7/25/1947 8 3 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 37th pick / 1969
45 Curtis Johnson 29 RCB 14 14 196 6-1 Toledo 6/22/1948 7 7 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 81st pick / 1970
57 Mike Kolen 29 lb 6 5 220 6-2 Auburn 1/31/1948 7 2 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 289th pick / 1970
67 Bob Kuechenberg* 30 LG 14 12 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 7 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
62 Jim Langer*+ 29 C 14 14 250 6-2 South Dakota St. 5/16/1948 7 15
66 Larry Little 32 RG 14 13 265 6-1 Bethune-Cookman 11/2/1945 10 13
32 Benny Malone 25 RB 14 8 193 5-10 Arizona St. 2/3/1952 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 47th pick / 1974
88 Jim Mandich 29 14 0 224 6-2 Michigan 7/30/1948 7 1 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1970
53 Bob Matheson 33 RILB 14 9 238 6-4 Duke 11/25/1944 10 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1967
80 Loaird McCreary 24 te 14 4 227 6-5 Tennessee St. 3/15/1953 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 49th pick / 1976
17 Mike Michel 23 P 13 0 177 5-10 Stanford 8/4/1954 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 113th pick / 1977
68 Melvin Mitchell 24 3 0 260 6-3 Tennessee St. 2/21/1953 1 3 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 98th pick / 1976
89 Nat Moore*+ 26 WR 14 14 184 5-9 Tenn-Martin,Florida 9/19/1951 3 16 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
79 Wayne Moore 32 LT 14 14 265 6-6 Lamar 8/17/1945 7 8
64 Ed Newman 26 g 14 3 245 6-2 Florida Atlantic,Duke 6/4/1951 4 3 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
36 Don Nottingham 28 14 2 210 5-10 Kent St. 6/28/1949 6 4 Baltimore Colts / 17th / 441st pick / 1971
65 Wally Pesuit 23 14 0 252 6-4 Kentucky 3/4/1954 1 4 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 151st pick / 1976
55 Earnest Rhone 24 4 0 220 6-2 Henderson St. 8/20/1953 2 2
42 Vern Roberson 25 FS 14 9 195 6-1 Grambling St. 8/3/1952 Rook 4
59 Guy Roberts 27 4 0 217 6-1 Maryland 6/12/1950 5 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 187th pick / 1972
20 Larry Seiple 32 13 0 214 6-0 Kentucky 2/14/1945 10 0 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 163rd pick / 1967
86 Freddie Solomon 24 PR 13 6 185 5-11 Tampa 1/11/1953 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
10 Don Strock 27 4 0 220 6-5 Virginia Tech 11/27/1950 3 0 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 111th pick / 1973
41 Norris Thomas 23 LCB 14 10 180 6-0 Southern Miss 5/3/1954 Rook 7 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 257th pick / 1976
87 Andre Tillman 25 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Texas Tech 11/1/1952 2 3 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 38th pick / 1974
56 Steve Towle 24 LILB 12 12 233 6-2 Kansas 10/23/1953 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 143rd pick / 1975
21 Rick Volk 32 3 1 195 6-3 Michigan 3/15/1945 10 2 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 45th pick / 1967
33 Stan Winfrey 24 3 0 223 5-11 Arkansas St. 2/20/1953 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 49th pick / 1975
1 Garo Yepremian 33 K 14 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 11 2
74 Steve Young 24 14 0 272 6-8 Colorado 7/18/1953 1 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1976
Team Total 26.5 14 221.5 6-1.7 4.0