Bernard has been a high-impact addition to Bengals offense and leads team in rushing yards (427), eighth in NFL ... His 5.5-yard per-carry average is best among NFL’s top 10 rusher, and he leads Bengals in yards from scrimmage (546) ... Averaged 1119 yards from scrimmage for his first two seasons ... Contributed 1029 scrimmage yards in 2014 despite missing three games due to hip and clavicle injuries ... His 89-yard TD run vs. Carolina last season stands as second-longest rush in Bengals history ... Has demonstrated the ability to create highlight-reel plays in the open field ... His 56 receptions in 2013 stand as franchise record for RBs.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (37th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-13.
2015 highlights: Has played in Games 1-6 ... 77-for-427 rushing on the season (5.5 avg.), and also has 18 receptions for 119 yards ... Key performer in win Sept. 20 vs San Diego, rushing 20-for-123 (6.2) and adding three receptions for 16 yards ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, his 23-yard run through traffic with a dump-off pass helped key winning TD drive, and he finished 13-for-49 rushing and three-for-34 receiving ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, led team in rushing yards (62) for third straight week and scored his first TD of the year on a 13-yard run in the first quarter ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, led team in rushing (15-80) and yards from scrimmage (101), including a 13-yard run that put Cincinnati in range for the winning field goal in overtime ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, averaged 6.3 yards per rush (eight-for-50), including a 17-yard TD that put Bengals ahead 14-7 in second quarter.
Previous seasons: 2013—His 1209 yards from scrimmage ranked second on team, behind WR A.J. Green, and his total was second-most in Bengals history by a rookie, behind only 1388 by HB Corey Dillon in 1997 ... He rushed for 4.1-yard average (170-695) and scored eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) ... Led team in offensive touches (226), and selected to All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association ... Rushed 170-for-695 (4.1) with five TDs and caught 56-for-514 and three TDs ... His 56 receptions were franchise’s most by any RB, rookie or veteran, breaking James Brooks’ record of 55 in 1985, and his 514 receiving yards were third-most for any Bengals RB ... Third on team in total TDs (eight) and second on team in receptions ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, became first Bengals rookie to score rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989, logging seven-yard rushing score and 27-yard receiving TD ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (99) on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, rushing 10-for-50 with TD and catching four-for-49 ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England, rushing 13-for-62 with two-for-seven receiving ... Had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing) Oct. 13 at Buffalo, scoring 20-yard TD on shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in OT ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, had key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning FG ... On Oct. 31 at Miami, scored two TDs, including 35-yard highlight reel effort on which he appeared to be stopped for a loss but reversed field and slipped multiple tackles en route to end zone ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for team season-high 99 yards on 12 carries (8.3) and caught four-for-49, leading team in scrimmage yards with personal season-high of 148 ... His two-for-47 receiving Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota included another highlight-reel effort — 41 yards on a screen pass to Vikings’ seven ... Logged 118 scrimmage yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego (12-45 rushing and 7-73 receiving). 2014—Contributed 1029 scrimmage yards despite missing three games due to hip and clavicle injuries ... Ranked third in scrimmage yards and second in TDs (seven) ... Started at HB in Games 1-7, 11 and 13 ... Came off bench in Games 12 and 14-16 ... Inactive for Games 8-10, due to hip and clavicle injuries suffered Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Rushed 14-for-48 on Sept. 7 vs. Baltimore and tied for team lead in receptions, catching six-for-62 ... Tallied a career-best 169 yards from scrimmage (team high for the season) on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, rushing 27-for-90, with a four-yard TD, and catching a team-high five-for-79 ... Rushed 14-for-47 with two one-yard TD runs on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee ... On Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, had 18 rushes for a career-high 137 yards (7.6), with an 89-yard TD, second-longest rush in Bengals history ... Returned to starting lineup on Nov. 23 at Houston after missing three games, and rushed 17-for-45 and had two catches for 22 yards ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, led team with 49 rushing yards on 10 carries (4.9) and had one catch for four yards ... Logged 103 scrimmage yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, rushing 15-for-79 (5.3), and caught three-for-24, including key 14-yard reception to Browns five on a third-down play on opening TD drive. ... Rushed eight-for-36 (4.5) and caught five-for-45 with a TD on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, his TD coming on a 22-yard catch-and-run to extend the Bengals lead to 27-14 in third quarter ... Rushed three-for-eight and caught seven-for-56 with a 17-yard receiving on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Led team in scrimmage yards (52) in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis.
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina, after taking a redshirt year in ’10 due to knee injury ... Scored 31 TDs over his two campaigns and set school record for yards-per-rush (5.9) ... Rushed for 2481 yards and added 852 more as a receiver (92 catches) ... First UNC player since Natrone Means in 1990-91 to produce back-to-back 1000-yard rushing seasons (1253 and 1228) ... Consistent performer who averaged 107.9 rushing yards and 144.9 yards from scrimmage per game ... Scored 19 TDs in his 10 games in 2012, including two on punt returns, and finished second in voting for ACC Player of the Year ... In 2011, joined Amos Lawrence (1977) as only freshman tailbacks in UNC history to earn first-team All-ACC.
Personal: Hometown is Boca Raton, Fla. ... Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was rated the No. 2 RB in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, helping guide Raiders to consecutive Class 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior, followed by a 13-1 season as a senior ... Exercise and Sport Science major at North Carolina ... Older brother, Yvenson, was an All Pac-10 tailback at Oregon State and played in CFL ... Son of Haitian immigrants who established a dry cleaning business in Boca Raton ... Traveled to Haiti during 2014 offseason for community work activities ... In 2011, when he made successful comeback from serious 2010 knee injury (ACL tear), he won Atlantic Coast Conference’s Brian Piccolo Award, for player displaying most courage ... First name is pronounced “jee-o-VAHN-ee.”
Packers running back Eddie Lacy may have won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got a consolation pat on the back from a Hall of Famer.
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.
Both Bennie and The Jet stood tall in Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Patriots at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.