Mike Wallace rebounds in a big way

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
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INDIANAPOLIS – It's been an interesting week for Miami Dolphins top receiver Mike Wallace.

Just seven days ago, Wallace was not happy after getting just one reception for 15 yards in a win over Cleveland. He created national headlines, but Wallace later clarified that he was unhappy with himself after his performance.

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Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesMike Wallace could feel happy about his role Sunday: nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.
On Sunday Wallace rebounded in a big way in Miami’s 24-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Not only did the Dolphins improve to 2-0, but Wallace contributed big by leading the Dolphins with nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Wallace started fast Sunday with seven first-half receptions and a touchdown to get Miami's offense jump-started. After Wallace had been double-teamed and virtually shut down in Week 1 against the Browns, Miami was creative in finding different ways to get him the football via short, medium and intermediate routes. That helped the Dolphins keep pace with the high-powered Colts, and Miami did just enough in the second half to pull it out.

“We knew coming in we wanted to get him involved,” Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of Wallace. “He is a playmaker and when you have a playmaker like that you want to give him the ball.”

Wallace had his way with Indianapolis cornerbacks Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, who is a former Dolphin. Wallace beat Toler twice on the opening drive with two receptions for 28 yards to move Miami in scoring position. On the final play of the drive, Wallace caught a short pass to the right that he turned into an 18-yard touchdown.

Wallace also had a big 34-yard reception to Indianapolis’ 1-yard line over Toler to set up Miami's go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. Wallace was involved both early and late in the game, as Miami finished strong for the second week in a row.

According to Wallace, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin's practice schedule is playing a role in Miami's strong finishes.

“I think the Thursday off really helped,” Wallace explained. “It was a big thing for us. I was asking all the guys in the huddle, and I said, ‘Man, I feel pretty good today.’ Everybody said their legs feel fresh.”

In two career games at Lucas Oil Stadium, Wallace has 14 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns. So far, Sunday's performance was Wallace's best game as a Miami Dolphin.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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