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New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins: Connections

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Check out the player and coaching connections between the Saints and Dolphins

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Player Connections

*Defensive End Cameron Jordan and Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan were teammates at Chandler (Ariz.) High School.

*Inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma prepped at Coral Gables HS and starred at the University of Miami (Fla.).

*Tight end Jimmy Graham played four years of basketball for the Hurricanes and then converted to play tight end in his fifth year at the school while pursuing his graduate studies. During his sole year playing college football, Graham and Dolphins running back Lamar Miller were teammates with the Hurricanes.

*Mark Ingram Sr., the father of running back Mark Ingram, played for the Dolphins.

*Cornerback Keenan Lewis and Dolphins wide receiver Michael Wallace were high school teammates at O. Perry Walker HS. Wallace and Miami guard John Jerry also starred at Mississippi. Lewis and Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore were college teammates at Oregon State

*Running back Travaris Cadet prepped at Miami Central HS.

*Nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley played for the Florida State Seminoles.

*Dolphins guard Lance Louis prepped at Landry HS.

*Dolphins guard/tackle Dallas Thomas prepped at Scotlandville HS.

*Tight end Benjamin Watson and Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik were teammates in Cleveland in 2010, where Trusnik played for Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for two seasons. Vilma and Trusnik were teammates with the New York Jets in 2007. Watson, Dolphins fullback Tyler Clutts and cornerback Dimitri Patterson were also teammates with the Browns in 2011

*Safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end/outside linebacker Jay Richardson played with Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline at Ohio State.

*Fullback Jed Collins and Miami wide receiver Brandon Gibson were teammates at Washington State.

*Defensive end Tyrunn Walker played with Miami fullback/tight end Charles Clay at Tulsa.

*Quarterback Luke McCown and linebacker Curtis Lofton played with Dolphins tackle Tyson Clabo and cornerback Brent Grimes in Atlanta.

*Quarterback Drew Brees and Clabo were teammates in San Diego in 2004.

*Cornerback Chris Carr, guard Ben Grubbs and Miami linebacker Dannell Ellerbe were teammates in Baltimore.

*Running back Darren Sproles and Dolphins defensive tackle Vaughn Martin were teammates in San Diego.

Coaching Connections

*Miami assistant linebackers coach David Corrao served on the coaching staff at the University of Mississippi from 2005-07.

*Dolphins assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan played for the Saints in 2003.

*Defensive line coach Bill Johnson served as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1987 when the Hurricanes won a national championship and served on the same staff at Texas A&M with Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.

*Secondary coach Wesley McGriff coached with the Hurricanes from 2007-10...CB Rod Sweeting is a native of Miami.

*Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner served on the same coaching staff at Louisiana Tech.

*Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell went to training camp with the Saints in 2009. Campbell was tutored by Saints head coach Sean Payton with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys as well.

*Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers coached at Louisiana-Monroe in 1998. Rodgers and Payton served on the same coaching staff in Dallas from 2003-05.

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