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Notes, thoughts, stats on Dolphins' Friday night scrimmage at FIU; UM hoops adds shooting guard transfer

A few thoughts on a Dolphins’ scrimmage in which Ndamukong Suh reminded us how good he is (as if any of us needed reminding):

### Though Suh overwhelmed Billy Turner early on --- including stampeding through him for an 11-yard loss on a Lamar Miller run --- Turner held his own on a handful of snaps as the night progressed.

Turner said afterward he’s not discouraged and “I’m getting better every day.”

### Donald Hawkins, who played in one game for Dallas last season, opened as the first team left tackle because of an undisclosed injury to Jason Fox. Joe Philbin declined to say what’s wrong with Fox but there’s optimism it’s not too serious.

Jamil Douglas and Billy Turner were the first-team guards.

### This was a very good night for Miami’s rookie defensive backs. Bobby McCain, who continues to make plays, had two pass break ups (including a third-down red zone pass from Ryan Tannehill) and a terrific interception in the corner of the end zone, on a Tannehill pass to Jarvis Landry.

“He’s a tough guy, competitive,” Joe Philbin said.

Tony Lippett helped break up two passing plays and was around the ball on two other passes that weren't caught. The Dolphins clearly made the right move converting him from receiver to cornerback.

“He’s doing some good things,” Philbin said.

And safety Cedric Thompson forced a Kevin Cone fumble in the red zone.

Bobby McCain obviously will make the team; the Dolphins front office wants to keep Lippett (barring something unforeseen) and Thompson also has a pretty good chance to stick, especially if he proves an asset on special teams during preseason games.

### LaMichael James has been the best of Miami’s backup running backs in camp and that continued tonight.

He had 9 carries for 41 yards and juked a few defenders with nifty moves. He also caught two passes for 22 yards.

Damien Williams finished with 28 yards on 11 carries and fumbled once on a nice play by AJ Francis.

Remember, for all his skills as a receiver out of the backfield, he averaged just 3.4 yards on 36 carries last season.

Jay Ajayi got only one carry and made the most of it, running hard for a 12 yard gain.

Mike Gillislee, a long shot to make the team, had six carries for 27 yards.

Miller lost 11 yards on his two carries, due mostly to Suh.

Overall, the Dolphins ran for 102 yards on 30 carries.

 ### Ryan Tannehill closed 11 for 17 for 101 yards and two touchdowns – including a beautiful 26 yarder to Jordan Cameron (beating Kelvin Sheppard). He also threw two picks --- to Bobby McCain and Brent Grimes.

### Receiver stats: Jarvis Landry three for 37; Williams 3 for 19; Rishard Matthews 2 for 13; LaRon Byrd 2 for 11; Gillislee 3 for 8; Cobi Hamilton 1 for 35; Damarr Aultman 2 for 21; Cone 1 for 9; Matt Hazel 1 for 13; Jake Stoneburner 1 for 13; Michael Preston 2 for 20; Gerrell Robinson 1 for 2; Tim Semisch 1 for 12; James 2 for 22 and Cameron 2 for 28.

### Arthur Lynch dropped a pass and though he’s a good blocker, he seemingly needs to show something in the passing game to make this team. Still not sure the No. 3 tight end is on the roster.

### Caleb Sturgis and Andrew Franks each went 3 for 3 on field goals. Sturgis hit from 38, 41 and 46. Franks hit from 39, 44 and 51.

“Lot of room for improvement, but I’m trending the right way,” Sturgis said.

### Brice McCain opened as the first-team boundary cornerback, opposite Brent Grimes.

### Terrence Fede had yet another sack, and Derrick Shelby and Jordan Phillips shared one.

### Another promising night for Zach Vigil, who we mentioned yesterday is the undrafted rookie linebacker who has impressed the Dolphins the most among the four of them.  

UM ADDS SCORER

Rashad Muhammad, a 6-6 shooting guard, is transferring from San Jose State to Miami, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported tonight, quoting his brother, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Rashad Muhammad averaged 13.2 points as a freshman in 2013-14 and 13.9 points last season, when he shot 38.1 percent from the field and 36 percent on threes (59 for 164). He also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists last season.

He was the leading scorer last season on a San Jose State team that went 2-28 and winless against Division 1 teams.

Muhammad would have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules.

The San Jose Mercury News reported in May that he could have had grounds to appeal to the NCAA to be eligible immediately at another school if San Jose State remained under a postseason ban for poor APR scores. But the school learned, after he transferred, that its APR scores had risen and it's no longer ineligible for postseason play. 

With Sheldon McClellan entering his senior season, Muhammad is in position to compete for UM's starting shooting guard job in 2016-17. He has two years of eligibility left.

He also helps replace DeAndre Burnett, who transferred to Mississippi because he was concerned he wouldn't get enough playing time or enough shots at UM.

While Shabazz Muhammad was one of the nation's most coveted players out of high school before signing with UCLA, Rashad was lightly recruited. He chose San Jose State over offers from Wyoming and Utah State.

This time around, he picked UM over DePaul and San Francisco.

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