The numbers: Dorvil enters Friday's game ranked fifth on the team with 26 tackles. He also has four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble to his credit.

The handshake: Shaking hands with Dorvil, who measures 5-10, 290 pounds, lets you know what it's like to be an aluminum can within a crusher.

Off the field: When the computer or cable TV need fixing, Dorvil's brother and teammate Kevin Placide gets summoned. Deon, who fancies himself a culinary major in college, is the kitchen magician. For now he counts steak and chicken among his specialties. He also enjoys snowboarding, proof that even a native of Miami can find joy in a Minnesota winter.