When you think of the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line, you probably think of All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh or the sack-master Cameron Wake flying in off the edge. You’ve seen Olivier Vernon sack opposing quarterbacks and are still getting over the loss of Randy Starks and Jared Odrick on the inside.
You may or may not have heard of Terrence Fede. Odds are you had zero idea he went to college at Marist. Last year’s seventh rounder made a name for himself on special teams and as a situational pass rusher last year for the Miami Dolphins.
And he’s ready for more in a bigger role in 2015.
Fede, who made history as the first player drafted from Marist College (located in Poughkeepsie, New York). He was taken 234th overall in the seventh round. Amongst a crowded defensive line, Fede had a surprisingly productive rookie campaign, appearing in eleven games and recording a sack, 10 total tackles, and a safety
Fede emerged from under the radar last year in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings after he blocked a punt for a safety with under a minute left to play, sealing a win for the Dolphins and simultaneously keeping coach Joe Philbin around for another season.
So how much of Fede can we expect to see in 2015? He will continue to play in special teams on punts and on kickoffs. But I expect to see Fede on the field much more on defense, especially on running downs, where Fede is very solid. The Dolphins obviously have their pass rushers set with Vernon and Wake, but both players were too inconsistent facing the run last year. This is where Fede could become more than just a one-play rookie hero.
Look for number 78 lining up more on the outside next year. Terrence Fede is ready to make the leap and become known outside of just the Miami Dolphins football world.