The Miami Dolphins have been one of the more successful teams in NFL history. This has come because over the years they have had great offenses that can put up serious points, but they have also had great defenses.
Defenses pride themselves on stuffing the run. Running backs pride themselves on breaking the 100 yard mark in a game. Everybody prides themselves with shutting down rookies. With that in mind, how many rookie running backs have broken the 100 yard rushing mark against the Dolphins?
Over the years, the Miami Dolphins have given up 100 yard games to rookie running backs 17 times. Some of the famous names to have had a 100 yard game against Miami during their rookie season include Rueben Mayes, Earl Campbell, Curtis Martin, Edgerrin James, and Eric Dickerson.
Here is a full list of the men who were able to accomplish this feat:
1967 – Woody Campbell – Houston Oilers
1968 – Robert Holmes – Kansas City Chiefs
1968 – Paul Robinson – Cincinnati Bengals
1974 – Don Woods – San Diego Chargers
1978 – Earl Campbell – Houston Oilers
1983 – Eric Dickerson – Los Angeles Rams
1986 – Rueben Mayes – New Orleans Saints
1988 – John Stephens – New England Patriots
1988 – Warren Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers
1992 – Scott Lockwood – New England Patriots
1993 – Natrone Means – San Diego Chargers
1995 – Curtis Martin – New England Patriots
1999 – Edgerrin James – Indianapolis Colts
2004 – Willis McGahee – Buffalo Bills
2004 – Tatum Bell – Denver Broncos
2007 – Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills
2007 – Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills
-In 2007, rookies Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch each broke the 100 yard barrier in a game against the Dolphins and it happened in the very same game!
-The most rushing yards the Dolphins have ever given up to a rookie was in 1986 when Rueben Mayes of the Saints ran for 203 yards.
-In Earl Campbell’s 100 yard game (he actually gaine 199 yards) against the Dolphins during his rookie season of 1978, he scored four rushing touchdowns too. This is the most rushing touchdowns scored in one game against the Dolphins by a rookie running back.