A Cincinnati-area native, he’s pegged for a pro switch to LB after playing in college FCS ranks as a down lineman ... Led Butler in sacks all four years, finishing his career ranked second all-time in school history with 35.5.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 5-2-12.
COLLEGE: As senior, logged 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss, earning honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League recognition, and was voted by teammates as Defensive Lineman of the Year ... Four sacks and 10 TFLs as junior ... Second team all-conference as sophomore, recording 10 sacks and 11.5 TFLs ... As freshman, was named Butler’s Defensive MVP and was first-team all-conference, recording second-highest single-season sack total in school history (14) along with team-leading TFL total (18) ... Transferred to Butler from Robert Morris before freshman season.PERSONAL: Hometown is Liberty Township, Ohio ... Attended Lakota West High School, where he was first-team all-conference and all-county at DE ... Also earned prep All-America honors in lacrosse ... Earned several academic accolades at Butler — he was a second-team Academic All-American and a first-team Academic All-District V player in 2009, as well as a three-time all-conference academic.
When the Bengals took the field at Paul Brown Stadium Friday morning for the last workout before Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Houston, it was the healthiest they’ve been since early in the season.
Never mind going back to the House of Horrors Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when the Bengals go to the Texans’ NRG Stadium. Never mind that. The Texans have the running game from Hades. This time the Bengals may get an edge from a coach who has come over from the other side.
The Bengals are on the road for the second straight week to face the Houston Texans. The game is Sunday at 1:00pm and will be televised on CBS (Local 12-Cincinnati)
With one of the most dominant defensive players coming up in JJ Watt for Houston, Geoff Hobson and Dan Hoard examine the keys for winning the Bengals second straight road game.