May 20, 2016
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FINS WEEKEND GOLF TOURNAMENT AT CRANDON GOLF AT KEY BISCAYNE WINNERS
MIAMI, FL – The Miami Dolphins Foundation today kicked off its 20th Fins Weekend, featuring fun-filled events geared towards impacting the South Florida community. Proceeds from the multi-day event, through the educational pillar of Miami Dolphins Foundation, benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to keep students on track to graduate. In 2016, the Foundation sponsors City Year programs at Miami Carol City and Miami Norland Senior High Schools.
Earlier today, Dolphins coaches, players and alumni played in the Fins Weekend Golf Tournament at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. After hitting the links, golfers were treated to an Awards & Luncheon presented by Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.
“Today’s tournament was a resounding success with more than 36 foursomes participating, and we are delighted to raise money for City Year Miami and all they do to support students in our community,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Special Projects & Alumni Relations Nat Moore said.
After the tournament, participants will attend the popular Hook & Tackle Captains’ Party presented by South Florida Ford at the Miami Beach Marina. Events continue tomorrow morning with the Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, Weigh-in presented by Hooters South Florida and Fishing Awards Ceremony & Live Auction presented by Seaboard Marine at the Miami Beach Marina.
2016 Fins Weekend Golf Tournament Winners
1st Place Shamble – City National: Jorge Martinez, John Costa, Wade Helms, Lousaka Polite
2nd Place Shamble – South Florida Ford: Victor Benitez, Ary Velasco Sr., Ary Velasco Jr., Zach Vigil
3rd Place Shamble – Pepsi: Tom Shull, Sean Marlow, Chris Petrocco, Todd Kline
Closest to the Pin – John Denney (Celebrity), Cindy Delano (Women), John Fowler (Senior), Tery Lisle (Men)
Longest Drive – Cindy Delano (Women), Troy Drayton (Celebrity), Wade Helms (Senior), Rich Pellar (Amateur)
May 19, 2016
Dolphins Return to Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM with Long-Term Radio Partnership
Miami, FL – The Miami Dolphins and Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM today announced they have entered into a long-term partnership with the station becoming the official flagship radio partner of the franchise. The Dolphins previously had their games broadcast on Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM during the 1997-2004 and 2007-09 seasons. In addition, all Dolphins games will be simulcast on Kiss 99.9 “South Florida’s NEW Country” and feature expanded pre, halftime and postgame shows.
“We are excited that we reached this agreement to return home to Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “This expansive and exclusive programming throughout the week and on game day will greatly benefit fans that have a desire to consume Dolphins content on multiple outlets in partnership with CBS RADIO.”
“We have rich broadcast history with the Miami Dolphins and are proud that the team is returning to Sportsradio 560 WQAM,” CBS RADIO President Andre Fernandez said. “This further demonstrates our strong and steadfast commitment to the sports radio format, and making continued moves in delivering extensive and exclusive programming on our stations. We are excited to bring premier content to our loyal fans and listeners on Sportsradio 560 WQAM and Kiss 99.9.”
As part of the agreement, Sportsradio 560 WQAM will have the radio broadcast rights for all preseason, regular season and playoff games. Dolphins fans who tune into Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM will have the opportunity to listen to live broadcasts of Head Coach Adam Gase’s day-after game press conferences and “Dolphins Friday,” a day of Dolphins’ centric-content on the station featuring interviews with players, coaches, and team executives. Additionally, CBS RADIO Miami will promote Dolphins community and foundation initiatives across multiple platforms.
About the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chair of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, play in the AFC Eastern Division of the National Football League. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships following the 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII) seasons. The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships. It is the oldest continuous major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida. For more information, visit the organization’s website at dolphins.com.
ABOUT CBS RADIO MIAMI
CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, owns and operates WQAM-AM (Sports Radio 560), WPOW-FM (Power 96), and WKIS-FM (Kiss Country) in Miami. A division of the CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations in 26 markets, including the top 10 as ranked by Nielsen Audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets.
May 18, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN HOWARD
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed cornerback Xavien Howard, the team’s second-round draft selection.
Howard was a three-year letterman (2013-15) and two-year starter at Baylor, where he played in 39 career games and made 26 starts. He totaled 98 tackles (84 solo), 1.5 sacks, 10 interceptions and 33 passes defensed in his career and was part of a Baylor program during its most successful four-year span in school history. He earned consensus first-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior in 2015, recording 42 tackles (37 solo), five interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Howard is a native of Houston.
May 16, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN JONES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Jason Jones.
Jones played the past three seasons (2013-15) with the Detroit Lions where he started 34 games despite missing most of the 2013 season due to injury. In 2015, Jones started 15 contests and totaled 31 tackles (27 solo) and 4.5 sacks with seven tackles for loss.
Jones originally entered the NFL as a second-round (54th overall) selection by the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL draft. He played four seasons for Tennessee (2008-11) and one season for the Seattle Seahawks (2012) before joining the Lions. Jones has played in 95 career games with 65 starts and has accumulated 175 tackles (133 solo) and 28 sacks.
May 11, 2016
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Miami Dolphins and Special Olympics Partner To Host Rookie Clinic
Davie, Fla. — Members of the Miami Dolphins rookie class hosted more than 60 Special Olympics athletes from Broward and Dade counties to promote physical fitness in the South Florida community.
“It is such an honor to work with the Dolphins for the third year in a row, to provide this wonderful opportunity to our athletes,” Special Olympics Florida Area Director Linsey Smith said. “This has become a tradition that we look forward to each year and credit this partnership with the large increase we have seen in flag football participation.”
Miami Dolphins rookies Akil Blount, James Burgess, Ruben Carter, Brandon Doughty, Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant, Tyler Gray, AJ Hendy, Xavien Howard, Gabe Hughes, Farrington Huguenin, Jordan Lucas, Marshall Koehn, Lafayette Pitts, Rashawn Scott and Brandon Shippen participated in their first Miami Dolphins service event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was a cool day coming out here and playing with the kids, running around with them and seeing how happy they were to play with us and have us coaching them,” Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick CB Xavien Howard said. “It’s important to give back, because there are kids that don’t have an opportunity to do what we were doing right now. We are helping them out and giving them some feelings that we get when we’re playing. We had a blast with them.”
The rookies and Special Olympic athletes in grades 6th-12th played flag football games with a high level of energy and plenty of team spirit.
“Today was outstanding. We came out here to have fun. We got the best Miami Dolphins team. It was so awesome. The players are pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the new season, the new stadium being built. It’ll be very exciting,” Special Olympics athlete Max Mogul said. “I think we played really good. We played like champions.”
This event comes ahead of the Dolphins hosting Dolphins Academy Summer Camps for kids ages 5-15 at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. For further information on this, and all Dolphins events in the community, please visit MiamiDolphins.com.
May 7, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN 2 MORE DRAFT SELECTIONS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed wide receiver Jakeem Grant and cornerback Jordan Lucas. Both players were selected by the Dolphins last week in the 2016 NFL draft.
Grant was one of Miami’s two sixth-round selections (186th overall). He finished his four-year (2012-15) Texas Tech career as the school’s all-time leading receiver with 3,289 receiving yards. He played in 50 career games with 32 starts and totaled 255 receptions for 3,289 yards (12.9 avg.) and 27 touchdowns. Grant was also the team’s primary kickoff returner during his career, and returned 87 kickoffs for 2,169 yards (24.9 avg.) and four touchdowns. As a senior, he averaged 181.0 all-purpose yards per game, leading the Big 12 and setting a single-season school record. His efforts earned him All-American and first-team All-Big 12 honors.
Lucas was also a sixth-round selection (204th overall) and a four-year lettermen (2012-15) and three-year starter for Penn State, where he played in 46 career games with 33 starts. He started 27 consecutive games before suffering a season-ending injury towards the end of his senior season. Lucas transitioned from cornerback to safety for his senior season and recorded 56 tackles (34 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defensed in just nine games. He earned third-team All-Big Ten honors at cornerback during his junior season in 2014.
May 7, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN WAKE TO CONTRACT EXTENSION
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2017 season.
“We are pleased that we were able to reach an extension with Cam,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum. “He sets the right example both on and off the field, working his way up from an undrafted college free agent to a four-time Pro Bowl selection. We are excited how he will fit in this new defense and continue to be a key contributor.”
Wake, who was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2010 and the 2012-14 seasons, joined the Dolphins as a free agent in 2009 after playing two seasons in the Canadian Football League. In his seven seasons with Miami, Wake has played in 100 career games and recorded 247 tackles (201 solo), 70 sacks, 145 quarterback hits, 74 tackles for loss, 16 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 70 sacks rank second all-time in Dolphins history and are seventh in NFL history among undrafted players. Wake also ranks 11th among active NFL players in career sacks and is one of just two NFL players (Julius Peppers) to total at least seven sacks in each of the past six seasons.
In 2015, Wake played in and started seven games before suffering a season-ending injury. During those seven contests, Wake totaled seven sacks and four forced fumbles. He recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles in the first half of the win at Tennessee on Oct. 18, which was tied for the most first-half sacks by a player in an NFL game since 1991. His seven sacks in three games during the 2015 season were the most ever by a Dolphins player in three consecutive games.
A Hyattsville, Maryland native, Wake was a four-year letterwinner at Penn State, primarily as a linebacker. He finished his collegiate career with 191 total tackles, two forced fumbles, 8.5 sacks and 24 tackles for loss as well as seven blocked kicks.
May 6, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN 2 DRAFT PICKS AND 12 UNDRAFTED COLLEGE FREE AGENTS
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed guard/tackle Laremy Tunsil and quarterback Brandon Doughty. Both players were selected by the Dolphins last week in the 2016 NFL draft.
The Dolphins have also signed 12 undrafted college free agents: Linebacker Akil Blount, linebacker James Burgess, center/guard Ruben Carter, long snapper Ryan DiSalvo, linebacker Tyler Gray, safety A.J. Hendy, tight end Gabe Hughes, defensive end Farrington Huguenin, kicker Marshall Koehn, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, wide receiver Rashawn Scott and wide receiver Brandon Shippen.
Tunsil was Miami’s first-round selection at No. 13 overall. The Lake City, Fla. native was a three-year starter at Mississippi, where he played in 29 career games and started 26 at left tackle. He earned second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors in back-to-back seasons (2014-15). As a true freshman in 2013, Tunsil was named to the Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman teams. He also earned second-team All-SEC honors, joining his teammate Evan Engram as the first two true freshmen in school history to earn All-SEC honors.
Doughty was selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round (223rd overall) of the 2016 NFL draft. A three-year starter (2013-15) at Western Kentucky, Doughty led the nation in passing in his final two seasons (2014-15). He set 37 school records during his collegiate career, including 17 career passing marks, 14 season records and six single-game marks. He left Western Kentucky as the school’s all-time leader in nearly every passing category, including yards (12,855), touchdowns (111), completions (1,023), attempts (1,491), completion percentage (68.6) and passer efficiency (161.0). Doughty is a Davie, Fla. native and played high school football at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, Fla.
Blount was a four-year letterman (2012-15) at Florida A&M, where he was the team’s leading tackler each of the past two seasons. He totaled 75 tackles (44 solo) as a senior in 2015 and 72 tackles (42 solo) as a junior in 2014 and did not miss a game in his final three seasons. His father, Mel Blount, played defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Burgess played in 49 career games and made 43 starts during his four seasons (2012-15) at Louisville. He started 42 consecutive games to finish his career and totaled 261 tackles (145 solo) and seven interceptions. He finished with 70-plus tackles in each of his three seasons as a starter and ranked among the team’s top three leading tacklers each year from 2013-15. Burgess attended Homestead (Fla.) Senior High School.
Carter started all 12 games as a senior for Toledo in 2015, where he centered a unit that led the Mid-American Conference in rushing (207.9 ypg). He began his collegiate career at Florida State before transferring to Toledo following the 2014 season. At FSU, Carter played in 11 games with one start during the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship season. Carter attended Miami (Fla.) Jackson High School.
DiSalvo was a four-year letterman (2012-15) at San Jose State where he played in all 50 career games and was the Spartans’ starting long snapper for four-straight seasons. He totaled six special teams tackles during his career – all on punt coverage.
Gray played in 52 career games with 16 starts during his four-year career (2012-15) at Boise State. He totaled 184 tackles (91 solo), including 14 for loss, with five sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Gray started seven games as a senior and recorded 53 tackles (30 solo), including eight for loss, and three sacks. His 53 tackles ranked fifth on the team.
Hendy lettered four years (2011-13; 2015) at Maryland, where he played in 42 career games with 18 starts. He started all 12 games as a senior in 2015 and recorded 76 tackles (48 solo). His 76 tackles ranked fourth on the team. As a junior in 2013, Hendy earned Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors after recovering two fumbles and returning an interception for a 28-yard touchdown vs. West Virginia on Sept. 21.
Hughes was a three-year letterman (2013-15) at Florida Tech and played in 33 career games. He became the first player in Florida Tech history to sign an NFL contract. Hughes earned honorable mention All-American honors after catching 32 passes for 566 yards (17.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. He transferred from Western Michigan following the 2012 season. Hughes attended Highland Christian (Fla.) High School.
Huguenin played four seasons (2012-15) at Kentucky. He participated in 48 career games with 14 starts and recorded 95 tackles (49 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He also blocked two kicks during his career. Huguenin’s best season was as a senior, when he started all 12 games and posted a career-high 52 tackles (25 solo).
Koehn lettered two years (2014-15) at Iowa and played in 29 career games. He converted 28-of-36 (77.8 pct.) career field goal attempts and finished his career ranked 13th in program history with 170 points. He tied a Kinnick Stadium record with a 57-yard field goal as time expired in a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 19, 2015. As a junior in 2014, Koehn posted a 63.2 touchback percentage, which led the Big Ten and ranked eighth nationally.
Pitts played in all 52 contests and made 51 starts during his four-year career (2012-15) at Pittsburgh. He totaled 152 tackles (118 solo), four interceptions and also returned 52 kickoffs for 1,196 yards (23.0 avg.). He was elected team captain as a senior and recorded 34 tackles (29 solo) with one sack and one interception.
Scott was a four-year letterman (2011-13; 2015) at Miami (Fla.) and played in 32 career games with 11 starts. He totaled 91 career receptions for 1,247 yards (13.7 avg.) and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he played in all 13 games with 11 starts and recorded 52 receptions for 695 yards (13.2 avg.) and five touchdowns – all career highs. Scott attended Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic High School.
Shippen earned four letters (2012-15) at Temple, where he played in 41 career games and made 12 starts. He played in 13 games with four starts as a senior, where he recorded 16 receptions for 218 yards (13.6 avg.) and one touchdown. Shippen transitioned to wide receiver from defensive back following his sophomore season in 2013.