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Postgame Notebook: Sturgis Has A Special Birthday; Other Notes

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Dolphins kicker celebrates birthday with 58-yard field goal.



The Dolphins’ convincing victory at Jacksonville made for nice birthday presents for both rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis and quarterback Matt Moore.

Sturgis, who turned 24 on Friday, made both of his field goal attempts, including a 58-yarder in the third quarter, and also produced four touchbacks on six kickoffs.

Moore, meanwhile, completed 5 of 9 passes for 58 yards on the day he turned 29.

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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill made it a point to look up Jacksonville rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel after the game.

Joeckel, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, protected Tannehill’s blind side in his senior season at Texas A&M University and helped him become the eighth overall pick in 2012.

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The Dolphins wore all-white uniforms on Friday night, while Jacksonville wore black pants with black jerseys.

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The list of Dolphins players who did not play against Jacksonville consisted of guard Jeff Braun, kicker Dan Carpenter, guard John Jerry, guard Lance Louis, defensive tackle Randy Starks, wide receiver Rishard Matthews, tight end Kyle Miller and rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor.

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## Brandon Fields, Reshad Jones and Mike Pouncey served as game captains at Jacksonville.

## Miami’s 27 points were the most in the preseason under Philbin and the highest total since Aug. 12, 2011 when the Dolphins defeated the Falcons 28-23 in Atlanta.

## Miami did not commit any penalties on offense in the victory at Jacksonville.

## Miami was 3 (4 takeaways, 1 giveaway) in the victory at Jacksonville.

## With the victory, Miami won its fifth consecutive preseason game vs. Jacksonville and leads the overall preseason series 6-4. The Dolphins also scored 27 points in the teams’ previous meeting, a 27-26 Miami victory at Jacksonville in 2010.

## Ryan Tannehill finished the game at Jacksonville 5-of-9 for 75 yards and one touchdown and a 120.1 passer rating.

## Brian Hartline caught his first pass of the preseason on a nine-yard pass from Tannehill in the first quarter at Jacksonville. Hartline missed the 2012 preseason due to injury.

## Dustin Keller scored the first touchdown of his Dolphins career on a 22-yard pass from Tannehill in the first quarter at Jacksonville. Keller joined Miami after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Jets, notching 241 receptions for 2,876 yards and 17 touchdowns.

## Brian Tyms caught his first career pass with the Dolphins in the preseason. He finished the game with two receptions for 34 yards.

## Jonas Gray scored his first professional touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter at Jacksonville. He added another on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter as well. The first-year player from Notre Dame recorded 189 carries for 1,100 yards with 12 touchdowns.

## Miami’s first-team defense allowed only 14 yards on the three possessions they were in the game.

## Nolan Carroll recorded Miami’s first takeaway of the 2013 preseason with an interception of Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter at Jacksonville. Carroll has recorded two interceptions in his career.

## Will Davis notched his first career interception in the third quarter at Jacksonville. The third-round pick from Utah State played in 26 games with 16 starts in his career.

## Tristan Okpalaugo recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter at Jacksonville. The rookie free agent from Fresno State was a four-year letterman in college.

## Caleb Sturgis saw his first action of the preseason, connecting on a 58-yard field goal in the third quarter at Jacksonville. The 58-yard field goal would have tied for the third longest in team history if it would have been in the regular season or playoffs. Sturgis also added a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.