Vernon Carey is in his second year with the Miami Dolphins after being drafted in the first round in 2004 (19th overall). He was one of an NFL-record six first-round draft picks from one particular university.
After playing in 14 games a year ago and making two starts as a rookie, he opened the 2005 season as the starting right tackle.
The Dolphins offensive line was able to protect quarterback Gus Frerotte who finished the game 24-of-36 passing for 275 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
"We did a lot of good things today," Carey said. "We protected well and we were able to put up some points on the board and the defense stopped them."
Many Dolphins followers were surprised of the 34-10 victory after the Dolphins finished the preseason with a 1-4 record averaging 15.6 points per game under first-year head coach Nick Saban.
"We held some things back in the preseason," Carey said. "We just have to keep playing now. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves."
Last season the Dolphins finished the season 4-12, their first losing season in 16 years.
"It was good to get a victory under our belt," Carey said. "We just went out there with the attitude that we were going to do whatever we had to do to win. It was good to get a win in front of the hometown crowd."
Carey went up against former Hurricane teammate D.J. Williams, now a linebacker for Denver. Williams led the team in tackles last season with 114 and Carey knew they needed to contain his former teammate who was also drafted in the first round in 2004.
"We did a good job of containing him," Carey said. "He is a very good athlete and makes a lot of plays."
Carey and Williams talked to each other during the game and catch up with each other whenever they have the opportunity.
Next week Carey and the Dolphins face the New York Jets and another one of his teammates, Jonathan Vilma--the 2004 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
"It's nice seeing former teammates week in and week out," Carey said. "It is a business now, but it is still fun seeing guys."
Carey, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 335 pounds, grew up in Miami, Fla. and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1999.
Last week the Hurricanes lost their season opener at Florida State, a game that Carey watched.
"They'll be okay," Carey said. "Coach Kehoe will get those guys on track."
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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