News

Print
RSS

CB Prater looking at special teams

Posted Apr 28, 2012

After hearing about the prank call that wide receiver Mohamed Sanu received from a Bengals imposter in the first round before being drafted by Cincinnati in the third round, Shaun Prater was cautious when the 513 area code popped up on his cell phone on Saturday afternoon.

“I have an iPhone so it has all of the area codes and states and stuff,” said Prater. “When they first called, they hung up and I thought it was a prank call. Then they called me back, and I looked up at the TV and it said the Bengals had the next pick. I saw that they needed a cornerback so I just took a deep breath and prayed to God and hoped that this was real.”

The call was no prank as the Bengals selected the Iowa cornerback with the first of their three fifth-round draft picks. Prater and first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick add youth to the veteran cornerback corps of Leon Hall (27), Nate Clements (32), Terence Newman (33), Jason Allen (28) and Adam Jones (28).

“It gives us another guy that will compete,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He’s been a great guy in coverage at Iowa. They play a lot of quarters coverage which we like to play—with him out there playing some of that—and then clouding up, so he’s done a couple of things that will transfer well coming into the NFL.

“He was one of their outside gunners and will be a great guy competing for those spots with us here (on special teams)." 

Prater was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and finished his career with seven interceptions in 35 starts. Additionally, he was one of the Hawkeyes top performers on  special teams.

“At Iowa, they teach you to be very disciplined and very smart,” said Prater.  “We have to know the game plan of the opponents, we have to know formations and personnel, and we have to play fast mentally as well as physically. Coming from Iowa and playing under Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, I’m truly blessed to have the opportunity.  He does a great job of getting every player ready for the next level.”

Prater outlined his special teams duties for the Cincinnati media in Saturday's conference call.

“I was the corner on punt defense, I was on kickoffs, I tried to catch some kickoffs, catch some punts ... I pretty much asked the coaches to put me in everywhere,” said Prater. “If you want me to hold the ball, play quarterback – I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

Prater, who was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and played in the East-West Shrine game, was watching the draft with his family with the Bengals called.

“I was watching just about every bit of it,” said Prater. “(Now) I’m going to turn it off and go walk my dog.

“It’s a big, big relief. That was the longest wait of my life.”

 

 

Recent Articles

  • What to watch on defense

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 4 hours ago

  • Curtis and Anderson hook up again

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 21, 2017

    Isaac Curtis and Kenny Anderson are together again this weekend, the way it was and the way it will always be. They are the 19th most prolific scoring combo in the history of the NFL and after 50 years of Blakemania and Ocho and Carson Palmer’s Heisman howitzer and A.J. Green’s Randy Moss leap at the record books and Norman Julius Esiason, still No. 1 in Bengaldom with 51 TDs.

  • Classic Lewis keeps watering the kids

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 19, 2017

    The versatile, valuable Orchid Wang is the latest in a line of amazing Marvin Lewis scholars that are on display this weekend at his annual golf tournament as the Bengals head coach keeps watering the kids, the seeds of a community.

  • Roster superlatives

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 17, 2017

    With the Bengals prepping to open their first of three voluntary weeks of practice next Tuesday, we take a look at the roster superlatives.

  • Minter likes Bengals' edge of might

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted May 16, 2017

    Just like most everybody else on his new team, middle linebacker Kevin Minter has been on clubs that have had double-digit wins every year he’s played in the NFL. Except last season, when Arizona’s 7-8-1 turned out to be not that much different than Cincinnati’s 6-9-1. So he’s getting the same kind of vibe as he settles into an edgy Paul Brown Stadium locker room this spring.

Recent Videos

Photos