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Friday night file: Thirteen Dolphins, Hurricanes, Heat notes

Thirteen quick Dolphins, Canes and Heat notes:     

### This wasn’t the way Randy Starks would have wanted to re-capture his starting job, with his friend Paul Soliai sidelined Sunday and potentially beyond with a knee injury.

But Starks is expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday, alongside Jared Odrick at defensive tackle, after coming off the bench behind Odrick the first two games – a scenario that Starks never complained about publicly but one that displeased him, his agent said earlier this month.

“It will be fun starting,” Starks said.

And he said he’s more than capable of playing well as a starter “in case there are any doubts around here.”

Starks has been productive in his 82 snaps, with two sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Starks, who has played 34 fewer snaps than Odrick, picked up a half sack on Friday -- without even playing -- when the NFL ruled that he deserved a share of Philip Wheeler's sack on Andrew Luck that ended the Colts' final drive.

Without Soliai, who has played 90 snaps, “I have to play in the middle and take up blocks like he does,” Starks said.

### Soliai might be the Dolphins’ best run defender, but even with him, Miami has allowed 4.6 yards per carry, which ranks 27th in the league.

“We would love to be less than four yards a carry,” coach Joe Philbin said. “Teams aren’t necessarily lining up and [running] the ball on us without us not having a chance to stop it. But there is certainly room for improvement in our run defense, no doubt.”

### Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was limited in practice earlier this week with an injury to his right (throwing shoulder) sustained in the Colts game, participated in all of practice Friday and threw the ball well, according to an offensive player. He was listed as probable and is expected to play.

Also listed as probable: linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (pectoral/ribs), defensive ends Dion Jordan (shoulder) and Olivier Vernon (thumb), cornerbacks Will Davis (toe) and Jamar Taylor (groin), safety Jimmy Wilson (groin), guard John Jerry (knee) and offensive lineman Nate Garner (shoulder).

Listed as questionable: receiver Mike Wallace (groin), center Mike Pouncey (ankle), safety Chris Clemons (hamstring), linebacker Koa Misi (knee) and No. 3 quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle).

Besides receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, the Falcons also listed starting cornerback Asante Samuel and backup defensive end Cliff Matthews as questionable. 

### With cornerback Dimitri Patterson the only other Dolphins player listed as out besides Soliai, Davis said he believes he might get defensive snaps Sunday in his first regular season appearance as a Dolphin.

### According to Philbin, the running game’s dramatic improvement from the Cleveland to Indianapolis games went beyond better blocking.

Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 99 yards on 22 carries against Cleveland. The backs “were decisive,” Philbin said. “The week before, they weren’t necessarily able to get to their landmark without veering off course.”

### Dolphins right tackle Tyson Clabo, who played the past seven seasons for the Falcons, said he emailed some former Falcons teammates some tips about South Florida, including dining establishments.

“This is Clabo’s Super Bowl,” guard Richie Incognito said.

### Fox assigned Chris Myers and Tim Ryan to Sunday's Dolphins game, which will be televised in 15 percent of the country but just a small part of Florida (Miami-Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and the Tallahassee area).

### UM coach Al Golden said he wants to get more touches for running back Dallas Crawford. Saturday should provide plenty of opportunity, with UM a 60-point favorite over Savannah State. Crawford so far has two carries for six yards and three punt returns for 27.

"We have to find ways to get Dallas the ball," Golden said.

### UM coaches are especially eager to see more of Artie Burns at cornerback, believing he’s ready to challenge for meaningful playing time. “His length and speed give you a pretty good weapon at corner,” defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said.

Burns has shown a knack for picking off passes in practice.“Some guys you have to coach it over and over again. There are other guys who are instictive, the Arties and Tracy Howards."

### Everyone knows Sun Life Stadium doesn’t provide the home field edge that the Orange Bowl did, and offensive line coach Art Kehoe touched on that this week. “The Gators game was the first time I said, ‘This place is popping!’ It was the kind of environment we all wanted to see around here. The OB was a tighter joint and on you.”

### UM announced Friday that basketball coach Jim Larranaga has been appointed an adjunct assistant professor of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences. He will be a guest lecturer at several different class in the School of Education and Human Development.

### A person at LeBron James’ wedding noticed only two non-Heat players: Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

### Former FSU guard Von Wafer has been invited back for a second week of workouts with Heat players at AmericanAirlines Arena, as Miami explores options to fill out a training camp roster.