Seventh-round Bengals draft selection has made a rise from NAIA player to major-college walk-on to an NFL roster spot ... Former star for NAIA St. Xavier University did not start at Illinois until late in his junior 2014 season, but came on last year to be named Illini Defensive Player of the Year ... Showed himself to be among nation’s best DBs in physically defending the run.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in seventh round of 2016 NFL Draft (245th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-9-16.
2016 highlights: Has played on special teams in Games 1-4 with one special teams tackle, on Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Played in all four preseason games, logging nine tackles and leading team in special teams tackles (four).
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at NAIA St. Xavier University in Chicago ... Redshirted in 2013 at Illinois, after joining program as a walk-on, and played for Illinois in 2014-15. 2015—Started all 12 games at free safety ... His 11.7 tackles per game (140 total) led Big Ten and ranked second in the nation among FBS players ... Most tackles by an Illinois player since 2006 ... Had two INTs ... Second-team all-conference selection by Big Ten media ... Had two INTs, and vs. Middle Tennessee, recovered a blocked punt for a TD ... Voted a team captain. 2014—Played in all 13 games as Illinois earned its first bowl berth in three years (Ticket City Bowl in Dallas vs. Louisiana Tech) ... Logged 51 tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. 2013—Redshirt year at Illinois. 2011-12—In his two seasons at St. Xavier University, helped lead team to a national title as a freshman and to 11-2 mark as a sophomore ... Career totals of 155 tackles and eight INTs.
Personal: Hometown is Lemont, Ill., in south suburban Chicago ... Earned bachelor’s degree in communication from Illinois in May 2015 and has enrolled in a second degree program for agricultural leadership education ... Last name is pronounced ‘FEDGE-uh-lemm” (the “d” is silent) ... Attended Lemont (Ill.) High School, where he was a two-time all-conference selection and an all-state player as a senior ... Also lettered in wrestling and lacrosse.
If they happened to look up at the walkway above the Bengals weight room, they saw Joe Mixon take his first steps in Paul Brown Stadium Saturday. And the fans at the Bengals draft party cheered and yelled welcome as he paused, as if not quite sure if it was for him. He held up his right and waved on his way to the elevator with the cheers chasing after him.
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