Sterup to start for Dolphins in season finale

Zach Sterup looks at his coach as Nebraska warms up for a game at Memorial Stadium (KHGI)

Zach Sterup has bounced around the league with stops in four cities since May, 10, 2016 and now he’s getting a chance to start his first NFL game.

Sterup has seen playing time in five games with Miami this year and Sunday he’s taking the No. 1 snaps as he replaces Laremy Tunsil.

The former Husker offensive lineman was signed by Miami on Nov. 7, 2017 and has gotten a lot of praise from the Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who really likes his 6’9' frame.

“I don’t think I’ve been around a guy that tall and long," said Gase. "Just talking to some of the defensive linemen, especially when we first got him, I remember William Hayes coming up to me and telling me, ‘He’s got a really good punch. He’s hard to get around.’

"We felt good, especially early, and he has kept learning about everything that’s going on. When he has been up, we’ve had those bigger packages to try to get him involved slowly. He has just been working, taking quite a few reps in practice.”

A product out of Hastings St. Cecilia High School, Sterup went on to play in 31 games at Nebraska, starting 16 of them and getting looks coming out of college. He went undrafted and signed with Kansas City as a free agent but his time there lasted slightly more than three months. Sterup was released from the Chiefs one day after being suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The Dolphins (6-9) are home to Buffalo (8-7) Sunday, 3:25 p.m. CT in what could be a make-or-break game for the Bills season. Buffalo still needs some help to qualify for the AFC postseason.

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