Randy Starks

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Randy Starks
Randy Starks.jpg
Stark with the Dolphins in 2012.
No. 94     Miami Dolphins
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-12-14) December 14, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Waldorf (MD) Westlake
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2004 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2010, 2012)
  • First-team All-ACC (2003)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2002)
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 5, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 356
Quarterback sacks 36.5
Interceptions 4
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Randolph Starks, Jr. (born December 14, 1983) is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Maryland. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

An army brat, Starks spent the first five years of his life in Germany because his father, Randolph, Sr., was stationed there with the United States Army.[1] He was eventually re-deployed to Fort Belvoir in Virginia.[1]

Starks attended Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland where he played football and basketball.[2] In football, he was an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior defensive tackle after recording 67 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.[2] He was a SuperPrep All-American as a senior with 77 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles.[2] He also played offensive tackle during his final two seasons at Westlake.[2] Starks finished his prep career with 194 tackles while ranking third in school history in sacks.[2]

Starks also lettered three years in basketball.[2] As a junior, he was the leading scorer and rebounder in south Maryland.[2] As a senior, he led his team to a 23-3 record and was named Southern Maryland's Basketball Player of the Year by the Washington Post.[2] He finished his career with 1,011 points scored and 682 rebounds.[2]

College career[edit]

Following high school, Starks chose to attend the University of Maryland, College Park over schools such as Penn State and Virginia Tech.[2] He wore No. 57 for the Maryland Terrapins football team.[2]

Starks appeared in 11 games as a true freshman in 2001, including the Orange Bowl against Florida.[2] During the season, he recorded 35 tackles (24 solo), seven tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.[2] His performance earned him a fourth-team All-American selection by Sporting News.[2] Starks was nominated for ACC Rookie of the Week honors following a game against Georgia Tech in which he recorded eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble in overtime.[2]

As a sophomore in 2002, Starks appeared in all 14 games for the Terrapins including the Peach Bowl against Tennessee.[2] He earned second-team All-ACC honors after recording 93 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six passes defensed.[2] His tackle total ranked third on the team, his sack total second on the team while his 17 quarterback hurries led the team.[2]

Prior to his junior season, Starks was named the preseason ACC Defensive Player of the Year by ESPN.com and was on the watchlist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.[2] He appeared in 13 games for the Terrapins in 2003 on his way to first-team All-ACC honors.[2] He finished the season with 74 tackles (39 solo), 15.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three passes defensed.[2] His tackles for a loss total led the team while ranking fourth in the conference.[2] Starks was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week following a game against Virginia in which he had eight tackles (five solo), three tackles for a loss and a sack of quarterback Matt Schaub.[2]

Starks decided to forgo his senior season at Maryland and instead declare for the 2004 NFL Draft at the age of 20.[3] A two-time All-ACC selection, he finished his college career with 38 games played, 201 tackles (111 solo), 34 tackles for a loss, 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and nine passes defensed.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Career Statistics[2]
Tackles
Year GP Total Solo Ast TFL Sck FF FR INT PD TD
2001 11 35 24 11 7 3.5 1 0 0 0 0
2002 14 93 49 44 12.5 6.5 1 1 0 6 0
2003 13 73 38 35 14.5 7.5 1 0 0 3 0
Total 38 201 111 90 34 17.5 3 1 0 9 0

Key: GP - games played; Total - total tackles; Solo - solo tackles; Ast - assisted tackles; TFL - tackles for loss; Sck - quarterback sacks; FF - forced fumbles; FR - fumble recoveries; INT - interceptions; PD - passes defensed; TD - touchdowns

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Prior to the 2004 NFL Draft, Starks attended the NFL Scouting Combine and met with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.[4] In April, he visited with the Kansas City Chiefs.[4]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Starks was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round (71st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.[1] The pick used to draft him was acquired from the Houston Texans in a draft day trade.[1] He was initially unable to attend offseason workouts due to a league rule preventing rookies from participating in team activities before their school year has been completed.[4] Starks agreed to terms on a contract with the Titans on July 28.[4] He wore No. 90 for the team.[1]

As a rookie in 2004, Starks appeared in all but two games for the Titans and started eight games.[5] He made his NFL debut on September 11 against the Miami Dolphins, sacking quarterback A. J. Feeley.[1] During the season, he also sacked Carson Palmer (Bengals), Craig Krenzel (Bears) and David Carr (Texans).[1] His 4.5 sacks on the year led all rookie defensive tackles, including six players - Tommie Harris, Vince Wilfork, Marcus Tubbs, Darnell Dockett, Junior Siavii, Tank Johnson - drafted before him.[1] Additionally, he recorded 53 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and a blocked field goal on the season.[5] He forced fumbles against Krenzel and Peyton Manning (Colts) while blocking a Kris Brown kick against the Houston Texans.[1]

"Right now I expect myself to be a factor, not just be a body out there but make a difference and help this team win."

Randy Starks, August 2005[4]

With the Titans reportedly impressed with Starks' rookie campaign, he worked with the first-team defense during the 2005 offseason.[4] He wound up started all 16 regular season games for the Titans that season, recording 78 tackles and three sacks.[1] His sacks came against Anthony Wright (Ravens), Marc Bulger (Rams) and Gus Frerotte (Dolphins).[1]

Prior to a preseason game on August 12, 2006, Starks was dismissed from the team by head coach Jeff Fisher and turned himself into police after he was charged with assaulting his fiancé.[4] He returned to practice three days later, and in December the case was dismissed on the condition he attend anger-management counseling sessions.[4]

That season, Starks appeared in all 16 games for the second straight season and started eight of them.[5] He finished the year with 56 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.[5] In the season opener against the New York Jets, he recovered a Chad Pennington fumble that led to a Titans touchdown on the next play.[5] Against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 19, Starks returned a Jeff Garcia fumble 26 yards before lateraling it to linebacker Keith Bulluck, who took it 16 more yards for a score.[5] His sacks that season came against David Carr (Texans) and David Garrard (Jaguars).[1]

A restricted free agent in the 2007 offseason, Starks was tendered a contract by the Titans on March 1.[4] He went on to appear in 14 games for the Titans that season but started a career-low four games.[5] He recorded 39 tackles and fumble recovery on the year but failed to record a sack for the first time in his career.[5] In a Monday Night Football contest against the New Orleans Saints, he recovered a Drew Brees fumble forced by Travis LaBoy.[5] He became an unrestricted free agent following the season.[4]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On February 29, 2008, Starks signed with the Miami Dolphins.[4] He signed a five-year, $21 million contract with $7 million guaranteed.[4] In April, it was reported he would see playing time at both right defensive end and nose tackle.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Career Statistics[5][6][7]
Tackles
Year Team GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck FF FR INT PD TD
2004 TEN 14 8 28 17 11 4.5 1 2 0 3 0
2005 TEN 16 16 47 34 13 3.0 0 0 0 1 0
2006 TEN 16 8 40 25 15 3.0 0 2 0 0 0
2007 TEN 14 4 16 11 5 0.0 0 1 0 1 0
2008 MIA 16 4 29 22 7 3.0 0 0 1 3 0
2009 MIA 16 16 56 42 14 7.0 0 1 0 0 0
2010 MIA 16 16 30 26 4 3.0 0 0 0 3 0
2011 MIA 16 15 34 28 6 4.5 0 0 2 4 0
2012 MIA 16 16 27 18 9 4.5 0 0 1 4 0
Total 140 103 307 223 84 32.5 1 6 4 18 0

Key: GP - games played; GS - games started; Total - total tackles; Solo - solo tackles; Ast - assisted tackles; Sck - quarterback sacks; FF - forced fumbles; FR - fumble recoveries; INT - interceptions; PD - passes defensed; TD - touchdowns

Legal issues[edit]

On May 24, 2009, Starks was arrested by police for running into a police officer with a Freightliner truck on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. The truck left the scene after, but it was stopped by police a block later. Starks faces charges of aggravated battery.[8] The felony battery charges were eventually dropped in July 2009. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "DT 90 Randy Starks". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Player Bio: Randy Starks :: Football". UMTerps.com. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Terps' Starks declares for draft". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 20 July 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "KFFL - Randy Starks, DL". KFFL.com. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "TEAM: Roster Randy Starks Profile". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved 20 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Randy Starks: Career Stats". NFL.com. Retrieved 21 July 2008. 
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/randystarks/2505998/careerstats
  8. ^ "Miami Dolphins player arrested in Freightliner truck incident", CNN, May 24, 2009 
  9. ^ "Aggravated battery charge dropped against Randy Starks", Palm Beach Post, July 29, 2009 

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