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Randy Starks named AFC defensive player of the week

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Ball skills usually aren’t part of the requirements to play defensive tackle in the NFL.

But for Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks, it’s become a niche.

Starks intercepted his third pass in two seasons in last week’s 17-13 win at Cincinnati, the most for any defensive lineman over that span.

Along with three tackles, half a sack and two passes defensed, that also led to AFC defensive player of the week honors.

Starks also keys a defense which allows a league-low 61.4 rushing yards per game.

In another sign of how rare a commodity he is, he’s the first Dolphins lineman to win player of the week honors since Jason Taylor in 2006.

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13 Responses to “Randy Starks named AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. hehateme2 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    Well done Randy- keep it up.

  2. tfaulk says: Oct 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    I’d wager there’s a few teams who have had zero Defensive Player of the Week honors and quite a few more who have not had a D lineman named since JT was last honored while playing for the Fins.

  3. finfanrb23 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    His pick was one of the best ints I’ve seen in a long time… Regardless of position

  4. mrjpil says: Oct 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    Nice! Makes up for Hartline missing out

  5. bighoutex says: Oct 10, 2012 1:52 PM

    It’s a joke that JJ.Watt didn’t win this award. I guess a player can’t win it every week!?

  6. wigsplitta says: Oct 10, 2012 2:31 PM

    JJ. Watt caused an INT and had a sack. He was an absolute force and should have won. However when the Fins are playing defense like they have recently its nice the NFL threw em a bone. Well played!

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 10, 2012 2:37 PM

    Yeah, Watt tipped 3 passes, one of which led to INT in the red zone and one of which ended the game. He also a 1 sack to keep his lead in that department and a TFL.

    Not to mention he was ALL over teh field making plays and wreaking havoc.

    But as you said, he can’t win the award EVERY week.

  8. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    *sigh* Sanchez threw 2 of those 3 during week 17 last year. That game was brutal.

  9. theonefin says: Oct 10, 2012 2:45 PM

    If Miami can sustain this level of play on defense… it’s not unrealistic to think that they could win 8 or 9 games and finish 2nd in the AFC East… especially if the offense continues to progress like it is.

  10. annes22 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    Randy Starks deserved the award they way he played. The NFL doesn’t need to throw the Fins a bone, they deserve it the way they are playing defense. It’s easy as a Texan to expect Watt to win every week, but that’s not the way it works.

  11. dolphinsrule65 says: Oct 10, 2012 2:55 PM

    Phins Fact:
    The Dolphins haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher for 19 consecutive games!

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 10, 2012 5:54 PM

    Given the lack of talent the Dolphins have – well documented in this site – I am shocked!

  13. ishudbgm says: Oct 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    Watt may have been good but the int Starks made was near impossible. The ball was coming out of Daltons hand full speed and barely traveled 5 yards before Starks timed his jump not to block the pass but intercept it while lineman were in his face.

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