Jay Ajayi: One Season – Three Great Games

At Boise State in 2013 and 2014, running back Jay Ajayi proved himself by gaining first 1,425 yards and then 1,823 yards, respectively. The Miami Dolphins then selected him 149th overall in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2015 he wasn’t used a great deal, seeing his heaviest workload in the second to last game of the season when he carried the ball nine times.

2016 looked to start the same way as the Dolphins started the year off with former Texans star Arian Foster as their main guy in the backfield. When the year ended though, Jay Ajayi not only had a great season, but three truly great games.

Game 1: Miami vs. Pittsburgh

The Dolphins hosted the Steelers on October 16, 2016 and wound up winning the game 30-15. In the process, Jay Ajayi carried the ball 25 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns. This was the fourth 200 yard rushing game in Dolphins history and, at the time, the third highest rushing performance in team history.

Game 2: Miami vs. Buffalo

The very next week, in the 7th game of the season, the Dolphins welcomed the Bills to town and summarily beat them 28-25. In that game, Jay Ajayi turned in his second 200 yard rushing performance. Back to back 200+ yard rushing games was something Miami had never seen before. He finished that game surpassing his total from the previous week when he carried the ball 29 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.

Game 3: Miami vs. Buffalo II

In the second to last game of the 2016 season, the Miami Dolphins traveled to Buffalo to face the team that Jay Ajayi had ran for 214 yards against a couple of months earlier. The Dolphins pulled off another three point win against the Bills that day, this time winning 34-31, and Jay Ajayi had another big, big day. This time he carried the ball 32 times for 206 yards and one touchdown.

Jay Ajayi joined rare company in 2016 when he pulled off three 200 yard games in one season. Only three players had ever done that before. O.J. Simpson had three 200 yard games in 1973, Earl Campbell had four 200 yard games in 1980, and Tiki Barber had three 200 yard games in 2005.

The Dolphins have long been known as a passing team but in 2016, Jay Ajayi made them look pretty good on the ground.

Two Portland State Quarterbacks Have Been Selected In The NFL Draft

Small schools do get scouted by NFL teams and every so often a high profile position like quarterback can make a team stand up and select a player from a place that generally flies under the radar. That’s true of Portland State University too. Two quarterbacks from there have been drafted into the NFL though.

Tim Von Dulm – 1971 – Cardinals – 12th Round

Neil Lomax – 1981 – Cardinals – 2nd Round

Of note:

-Both Portland State quarterbacks who have gone through the NFL Draft process were selected by the same team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Five Things You May Not Know About Rashaan Salaam

Rashaan Salaam had an incredible college football career and made an impact in the NFL, though he played their somewhat briefly. Sadly, on December 5, 2016, Mr. Salaam was found to have passed away.

Here are five things you may not know about Rashaan Salaam.

The Heisman Trophy

When Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, he was the first Colorado Buffaloes player to ever win the award. He was also the first running back to have won it in six years since Barry Sanders in 1988.

That’s My Dad!

In a 1968 Bengals loss to the Broncos, Teddy Washington carried the ball one time for four yards. This was his only carry in pro football and this was Rashaan Salaam’s father.

Total Touchdowns

Rashaan Salaam scored 14 touchdowns in the NFL. The team he would score the most against was the Packers with a total of four.

One And Only TD Reception

On September 29, 1996, in a Bears win over the Raiders, Rashaan Salaam caught the one and only touchdown pass of his career. It was good from 11 yards out and was thrown to him by Dave Krieg.

100 Yard Games

During his career, Rashaan Salaam had six 100 yard rushing games. They came against the Buccaneers, Eagles, Rams, Oilers, Panthers, and Bengals. The most yards he gained in one game was 134 in a Bears win over Tampa Bay when he also scored three touchdowns.

Who Has The Most Career Touchdowns Against The Miami Dolphins?

The Dolphins are a great team but like every great team they have to go up against great players. Interested in what player has scored the most touchdowns against Miami over the years?

5th Place:
In fifth place are two Hall of Fame running backs who each scored eight touchdowns against the Dolphins over the years: Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk.

4th Place:
In fourth place on the list of most touchdowns scored against the Dolphins is longtime Colts receiver Marvin Harrison with nine.

3rd Place:
Another receiver sits in third place on the list of most TDs scored against the Dolphins. That spot is reserved for Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills with 10.

2nd Place:
The player who has scored the second highest total of career touchdowns against the Dolphins with a total of 11 is former Bills running back Thurman Thomas. Interestingly, Thomas finished his career with one season in Miami.

1st Place:
The player who has scored more touchdowns against Miami than anyone else though is one of the all time great running backs in the NFL. Curtis Martin spent his career with the Patriots and the Jets and ended up scoring 13 touchdowns against the Dolphins.

Five Things You May Not Know About Amari Cooper

2014 saw Amari Cooper win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver while at the University of Alabama. He came into the NFL with high expectations and almost immediately lived up to them with his new team the Oakland Raiders. Here is a look at five things you may not know about this great receiver.

31 Touchdowns!

As a receiver in college at the University of Alabama, Amari Cooper caught 31 touchdown passes. He caught 11 in 2012, four in 2013, and 16 in 2014.

That Jersey Number

Amari Cooper wears jersey number 89 for Oakland. Other notable players who have worn that number for the team include Ronald Curry, James Jones, Trey Junkin, Alexander Wright, Bill Miller, and Gene Prebola.

First Penalty

The first penalty Amari Cooper ever committed in the NFL came in his very first game, a Raiders loss to the Bengals, when he was flagged for offensive pass interference.

First NFL Catch

The first catch Amari Cooper made in the NFL was good for a six yard gain and was thrown to him by Oakland quarterback Derek Carr.

The 11th From Who?

The first 10 TD receptions Amari Cooper had in the NFL were all thrown to him by Raiders Derek Carr. His 11th though was thrown to him by backup quarterback Connor Cook.

10 Fun Facts About 10 NFL Kickers

Kickers play a big part in NFL games. You sure know when they don’t make their kicks and you sure know when they do. It’s a high pressure job. Here are ten fun facts about ten NFL kickers.

Matt Bryant

After two seasons with the New York Giants, Matt Bryant spent 2004 playing one game with the Colts and three with the Dolphins.

Garo Yepremian

As a rookie with the Lions in 1966, Garo Yepremian set a new record by kicking six field goals in one game. He made six out of eight tries that day in a 32-31 Detroit win over Minnesota.

Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 and 2003. Those years saw him lead the league in both extra points made and attempted. Those were the only years he would lead the league in those categories.

Mason Crosby

In a 22-9 win over the Lions in 2013, Mason Crosby of the Packers had his first five field goal day. He went 5-for-5 that day and added on one extra point for a total of 16 points. His made field goals were from 26, 31, 42, 45, and 52 yards away.

Steven Hauschka

Before catching on with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, Steven Hauschka played professionally with the Vikings, Ravens, Falcons, Lions, Broncos, and even the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley kicked for the Redskins from 1974 to 1986, also spending time on the rosters of the Eagles, Oilers, and Browns. In 1982, he became the first and only placekicker to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.

Justin Tucker

In a 2012 Ravens win over the Browns, Justin Tucker missed the first field goal of his career. Prior to that he’d made eight straight field goals. His first miss was from 47 yards away.

George Blanda

Longtime NFL and AFL kicker George Blanda led the league in extra points made eight times. He did this once with the Bears, twice with the Oilers, and five times with the Raiders.

Stephen Gostkowski

Longtime Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski attended the University of Memphis on a baseball scholarship and was a walk-on for the football team.

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri is the first player in NFL history to score 1000 or more points with two different teams.

Five Fun Facts About Super Bowl Quarterbacks

There isn’t a higher profile position in the NFL than quarterback. Quarterbacks get a lot of attention and that is even more true when it comes to the Super Bowl. Here are five fun facts about Super Bowl quarterbacks.

Travelin’ Man

The first quarterback to start two different Super Bowls for two different NFL teams was Craig Morton. He started in Super Bowl V with the Cowboys and then Super Bowl XII with the Broncos.

Two Points!

The first NFL quarterback sacked in the end zone for a safety was Fran Tarkenton of the Vikings when he was tackled by Dwight White of the Steelers in Super Bowl IX.

Stop Copying Me!

Super Bowl XIII saw Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw each complete 17 of 30 passes.

Five Timer Club

When Super Bowl XXXIII started, John Elway became the first quarterback to start five Super Bowls.

One For Each!

Back-to-back Super Bowls XLI and XLII featured the Manning brothers, quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, both winning the Super Bowl MVP Award.

Five Super Bowl Running Back Fun Facts

There is no bigger game than the Super Bowl in professional football. Players of all types can make big impacts on this important game too. Here is a look at some fun facts concerning running backs in the Super Bowl.

Six Ball Carriers

The Chiefs had six different players rush the ball for them during Super Bowl IV: Mike Garrett, Frank Pitts, Wendell Hayes, Warren McVea, Len Dawson, and Robert Holmes.

The First Fumble Of The Year

Dolphins running back Larry Csonka fumbled the ball early in the first quarter of Super Bowl VI. Before that, during the entire regular season and the following postseason, Csonka had not fumbled the ball one time.

Never Learned To Share

22 of the 44 times an Eagles player handled the ball during Super Bowl XV, by either reception or rushing attempt, it was handled by running back Wilbert Montgomery. He would lead his team in both rushing yards and receiving yards during the game.

Mr. Consistent

By scoring on a four yard run in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXVIII, Bills running back Thurman Thomas became the first player to score touchdowns in four different Super Bowls

Not Bad, Youngster!

The first rookie running back to have a 100 yard rushing game in the Super Bowl was Timmy Smith of the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII. The second was Jamal Lewis for the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

Five Super Bowl Wide Receiver Fun Facts

Wide receivers have made a big impact on the Super Bowl over the years. Here’s a look at five fun facts about wide receivers in the Super Bowl.

Two Touchdowns!

The first two touchdown game by a wide receiver in a Super Bowl was turned in by Raiders receiver Bill Miller in Super Bowl II. That game saw him catch two touchdown passes, each one from 23 yards away. Each one was thrown by quarterback Daryle Lamonica in a losing effort to the Packers.

2 x 100

In Super Bowl XVI the Bengals became the first team in Super Bowl history to have two different receivers gain more than 100 yards receiving. Dan Ross caught 11 balls for 104 yards and Cris Collinsworth hauled in five catches for 107 yards.

Shhh! Don’t Tell!

In Super Bowl III, the Colts didn’t know it but Jets star wide receiver Don Maynard had a hamstring injury during the game. The team used him mainly as a decoy and the Colts often double covered him anyway.

A Career Day!

In Super Bowl XLV, Jordy Nelson of the Packers caught nine passes for 140 yards. This made him the top receiver of the game. It was good timing too because this was also his career best performance at that point.

Three TDs!

In Super Bowl XXIV, Jerry Rice became the first player ever to catch three touchdown passes in one Super Bowl. He was the second player to score three touchdowns in one Super Bowl, tying teammate Roger Craig who had score two rushing and one receiving touchdown in Super Bowl XIX.

Super Bowl Kicker Fun Facts

Kickers can play a big role in a football game. That’s even more notable when there’s as much on the line as a win or loss in the Super Bowl. Here is a look at five fun facts about Super Bowl kickers:

The First Kick

Don Chandler played in the NFL from 1956 to 1967. In Super Bowl I with the Packers he became the first kicker to score points in the big game. This came in the first quarter when he successfully made an extra point attempt after a Bart Starr to Max McGee touchdown pass.

The First Field Goal

While Don Chandler of the Packers was the first kicker to score points in the Super Bowl, it was Mike Mercer of the Chiefs in that very same game who was the first to make a field goal. This came in the second quarter and the field goal was 31 yards in length.

15 Points!

The highest scoring player in Super Bowl II between the Packers and Raiders was not one of the biggest names in the league. The Packers kicker, Don Chandler, made three field goals and three extra points for a total of 15 points.

The First Without

The first Super Bowl that would feature no field goal was Super Bowl VII between the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins kicked two extra points and Curt Knight of the Redskins kicked one.

The Shortest Ever

The shortest field goal made in Super Bowl history was nine yards. This was done twice, first by Jim Turner of the Jets in Super Bowl III and then again by Mike Clark of the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. This is a record that will never be broken as prior to the 1974 NFL season, goal posts were moved to the back of the endzone and the shortest possible field goal now is approximately eighteen yards.