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1981 Miami Dolphins

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11-4-1, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.9, Offense: 0.1, Defense: 2.8, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 345 points (21.6/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (17.2/g), 5th.
 Differential of 70 points (4.4/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 10.1-5.9.

Coach: Don Shula (11-4-1)
 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 David Woodley 23 1 15 191 for 366, 2,470 yards, 12 td, 13 int, & 63 rushes for 272 yards and 4 td Miami Dolphins / 8th / 214th pick / 1980
RB Tony Nathan 25 2 11 147 rushes for 782 yards, 5 td, & 50 catches for 452 yards and 3 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 61st pick / 1979
FB Andra Franklin 22 Rook 11 201 rushes for 711 yards, 7 td, & 3 catches for 6 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 56th pick / 1981
WR Duriel Harris 27 5 12 53 catches for 911 yards, 2 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
WR Nat Moore 30 7 11 26 catches for 452 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 3 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
TE Ronnie Lee 25 2 16 14 catches for 64 yards, 1 td Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 65th pick / 1979
LT Jon Giesler 25 2 16 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 24th pick / 1979
LG Bob Kuechenberg 34 11 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
C Mark Dennard 26 2 11 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 274th pick / 1978
RG Ed Newman* 30 8 16 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
RT Eric Laakso 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 106th pick / 1978
 Defensive Starters
LDE Doug Betters 25 3 15 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1978
NT Bob Baumhower* 26 4 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
RDE Vern Den Herder 33 10 14 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
LOLB Bob Brudzinski 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
LILB A.J. Duhe 26 4 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 13th pick / 1977
RILB Earnest Rhone 28 6 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
ROLB Larry Gordon 27 5 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
LCB Don McNeal 23 1 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 21st pick / 1980
RCB Gerald Small 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1978
SS Glenn Blackwood 24 2 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 8th / 215th pick / 1979
FS Lyle Blackwood 30 8 10 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 217th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Uwe von Schamann 25 2 0 24 of 31 field goals & 37 of 38 extra points Miami Dolphins / 7th / 189th pick / 1979
P Tom Orosz 22 Rook 0 83 punts for a 40.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Tommy Vigorito 22 Rook 1 36 punt returns for a 10.5 average and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 5th / 138th pick / 1981
KR Fulton Walker 23 Rook 2 38 kick returns for a 24.5 average and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 6th / 154th pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
88 Elmer Bailey 24 16 0 196 6-0 Lincoln (MO),Minnesota 12/13/1957 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 100th pick / 1980
70 Bill Barnett 25 de 9 2 256 6-4 Nebraska 5/10/1956 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 75th pick / 1980
73 Bob Baumhower* 26 NT 16 16 261 6-5 Alabama 8/4/1955 4 13 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 40th pick / 1977
34 Woody Bennett 26 rb 3 3 227 6-2 Miami (FL) 3/24/1955 2 1
46 Don Bessillieu 25 fs 16 6 200 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/4/1956 2 4 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 134th pick / 1979
75 Doug Betters 25 LDE 15 15 262 6-7 Montana,Nevada-Reno 6/11/1956 3 7 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1978
47 Glenn Blackwood 24 SS 16 16 187 6-0 Texas 2/23/1957 2 9 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 215th pick / 1979
42 Lyle Blackwood 30 FS 12 10 190 6-1 TCU 5/24/1951 8 6 Denver Broncos / 9th / 217th pick / 1973
58 Kim Bokamper 27 de 16 1 245 6-6 Concordia-Moorhead (MN),San Jose St. 9/25/1954 4 2 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 19th pick / 1976
59 Bob Brudzinski 26 LOLB 16 16 230 6-4 Ohio St. 1/1/1955 4 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
81 Jimmy Cefalo 25 wr 16 6 190 5-11 Penn St. 10/6/1956 3 6 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 81st pick / 1978
83 Vern Den Herder 33 RDE 16 14 250 6-6 Central College (IA) 11/28/1948 10 7 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 230th pick / 1971
63 Mark Dennard 26 C 11 11 253 6-1 Texas A&M 11/2/1955 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 274th pick / 1978
77 A.J. Duhe 26 LILB 16 16 247 6-4 LSU 11/27/1955 4 9 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 13th pick / 1977
37 Andra Franklin 22 FB 16 11 225 5-10 Nebraska 8/22/1959 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 56th pick / 1981
72 Mike Fultz 27 4 0 278 6-5 Nebraska 1/28/1954 4 0 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 34th pick / 1977
35 Nick Giaquinto 26 8 0 205 5-11 Bridgeport,Connecticut 4/4/1955 1 1
79 Jon Giesler 25 LT 16 16 262 6-5 Michigan 12/23/1956 2 8 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 24th pick / 1979
50 Larry Gordon 27 ROLB 16 16 230 6-4 Arizona St. 7/8/1954 5 8 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 17th pick / 1976
74 Cleveland Green 24 6 0 265 6-3 Southern 9/11/1957 2 1
84 Bruce Hardy 25 te 16 4 235 6-5 Arizona St. 6/1/1956 3 2 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 247th pick / 1978
82 Duriel Harris 27 WR 15 12 179 5-11 New Mexico St. 11/27/1954 5 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 80th pick / 1976
31 Eddie Hill 24 rb 11 3 205 6-2 Memphis 5/13/1957 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 54th pick / 1979
36 Steve Howell 25 fb 10 2 227 6-2 Baylor 12/20/1956 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 107th pick / 1979
11 Jim Jensen 23 16 0 215 6-4 Boston Univ. 11/14/1958 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 11th / 291st pick / 1981
40 Mike Kozlowski 25 14 0 196 6-0 San Diego St.,BYU,Colorado 2/24/1956 2 3 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 272nd pick / 1979
67 Bob Kuechenberg 34 LG 16 9 253 6-2 Notre Dame 10/14/1947 11 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 80th pick / 1969
68 Eric Laakso 25 RT 16 16 285 6-4 Tulane 11/29/1956 3 8 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 106th pick / 1978
86 Ronnie Lee 25 TE 16 16 265 6-3 Baylor 12/24/1956 2 1 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 65th pick / 1979
33 Bo Matthews 30 3 0 230 6-4 Colorado 11/15/1951 7 0 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1974
28 Don McNeal 23 LCB 12 12 190 5-11 Alabama 5/6/1958 1 6 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 21st pick / 1980
89 Nat Moore 30 WR 13 11 184 5-9 Tenn-Martin,Florida 9/19/1951 7 4 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1974
22 Tony Nathan 25 RB 13 11 206 6-0 Alabama 12/14/1956 2 10 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 61st pick / 1979
64 Ed Newman* 30 RG 16 16 245 6-2 Florida Atlantic,Duke 6/4/1951 8 13 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 156th pick / 1973
3 Tom Orosz 22 P 16 0 204 6-1 Ohio St. 9/26/1959 Rook 2
78 Ken Poole 23 16 0 251 6-3 La-Monroe 10/20/1958 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 126th pick / 1981
54 Steve Potter 24 16 0 235 6-3 Virginia 11/6/1957 Rook 1
43 Ricky Ray 24 8 0 180 5-11 Norfolk St. 5/30/1957 2 1 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 146th pick / 1979
55 Earnest Rhone 28 RILB 16 16 220 6-2 Henderson St. 8/20/1953 6 9
38 Terry Robiskie 27 1 0 210 6-1 LSU 11/12/1954 4 0 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 223rd pick / 1977
80 Joe Rose 24 16 0 228 6-3 California 6/24/1957 1 3 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 185th pick / 1980
52 Steve Shull 23 16 0 220 6-1 William & Mary 3/27/1958 1 2
48 Gerald Small 25 RCB 16 16 192 5-11 San Jose St. 8/10/1956 3 8 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1978
57 Dwight Stephenson 24 c 16 5 255 6-2 Alabama 11/20/1957 1 4 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 48th pick / 1980
10 Don Strock 31 qb 16 1 220 6-5 Virginia Tech 11/27/1950 7 3 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 111th pick / 1973
45 Ed Taylor 28 db 6 2 174 6-0 Memphis 5/13/1953 6 1 New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
53 Rodell Thomas 23 3 0 225 6-2 Alabama St. 8/2/1958 Rook 0
60 Jeff Toews 24 lg 9 7 255 6-3 Washington 11/4/1957 2 4 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1979
32 Tommy Vigorito 22 PR 16 1 193 5-10 Virginia 10/23/1959 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 138th pick / 1981
5 Uwe von Schamann 25 K 16 0 190 6-0 Oklahoma 4/23/1956 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 189th pick / 1979
41 Fulton Walker 23 KR 16 2 193 5-10 West Virginia 4/30/1958 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 154th pick / 1981
16 David Woodley 23 QB 15 15 210 6-2 LSU 10/25/1958 1 10 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 214th pick / 1980
Team Total 25.6 16 223.6 6-1.9 3.0