Two-time All-Big Ten running back Fred Russell easily was the biggest name among the 12 undrafted rookie free agents the Dolphins have signed.

Russell rushed for 1,355 yards and seven touchdowns last season after gaining 1,264 and rushing for nine scores the previous year. The big drawback with Russell — it's what kept him from being drafted — is the fact he's only 5-7.

Here's a quick look at the other 11 rookie free agents signed:

FB Doug Easlick, Virginia Tech — Lead blocker for Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones in college. Carried the ball only 36 times during his entire college career. Good blocker but a bit short (5-11) for a fullback.

P Derek Jones, Nevada — Averaged 40 yards even during his collegiate career. Had 23 punts inside the 20 with six touchbacks as a senior.

CB Kevin Millhouse, Hawaii — Two-time All-WAC selection who had four interceptions each of the last two seasons.

LB Kevin Mitchell, Oregon — Very productive collegiate linebacker who was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. Had 114 tackles as a junior and 112 as a senior.

FB Ben Moa, Utah — College tight end who caught 26 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors.

DT Jerome Stevens, Washington — Short (6-1) but wide (303) run stuffer who started as a senior for the Huskies and finished with 36 tackles and four sacks.

LB Winston Taylor, Illinois — Backup for the Illini who had 136 tackles in two seasons after transferring from Eastern Illinois.

TE Hart Turner, South Carolina — Caught only five passes in his first three seasons for the Gamecocks before grabbing 18 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown as a senior.

G Andy Wagstrom, South Dakota State — Started last three years and played 2003 season at right tackle. Missed the second half of his junior season after contracting mono.

S Quintin Williams, Wake Forest — Four-year starter who started at cornerback before moving to free safety. Finished with a career-high 88 tackles in 2003.

RB Renaldo Works, Oklahoma — Started 10 games during his career with the Sooners, including seven as a senior. Rushed for 716 yards last season and caught 17 passes.

In other Dolphins news:

-- Adewale Ogunleye said this week he would sit out the start of the 2003 season if he didn't get a better offer from the Dolphins. Ogunleye and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have indicated in the past he would not play for the one-year tender of $1.852 million he received as a restricted free agent.

-- GM Rick Spielman acknowledged the Philadelphia Eagles called him to gauge his interest in a possible trade for veteran guard John Welbourn, who was dealt to Kansas City last Sunday. Spielman said the Dolphins decided not to pursue a trade because of issues with Welbourn he didn't want to disclose.

-- The selection of cornerback Will Poole in the fourth round last Sunday would seem to indicate the Dolphins will not be re-signing veteran Terrell Buckley, who remains an unrestricted free agent. Spielman and Coach Dave Wannstedt both said last week all options will be explored, but it doesn't seem to make sense for Buckley to return at this point. Don't be surprised if he rejoins New England.

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