A 2013 college free agent signee, DiManche played in all 29 possible games (including postseason) before suffering season-ending forearm fracture Nov. 30 of last season at Tampa Bay ... Made first career start Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, replacing injured SLB Emmanuel Lamur ... Was the lone 2013 college free agent signee to make team’s season-opening roster ... Finished second on team in special teams tackles (12) in 2013, and made key play in ’13 win vs. Cleveland, blocking a punt that teammate Tony Dye returned for a TD.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-12 (one start), with seven tackles on defense and three on special teams, and also had a special teams forced fumble ... Had one special teams tackle on Oct. 5 at New England, when he dropped KOR Patrick Chung at Patriots 14 ... Started at SLB on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis (first career start), and logged seven tackles, including one for-loss ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, forced a fumble by punt returner Brandin Cooks (Saints recovered) ... Suffered forearm fracture on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, and was placed on Reserve/Injured list on Dec. 1.
2013: Played in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, and ranked second on team with 12 special teams tackles ... Six tackles on defense and one pass defensed ... Two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Played on defense for first time Oct. 27 vs. Jets, and recorded two tackles and two special teams tackles ... Blocked a Spencer Lanning punt in second quarter on Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and S Tony Dye returned it 24 yards for a TD and a 21-13 lead ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a 75-yard punt at Chargers four ... Saw increased snaps on defense to due injury of SLB James Harrison on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, and recorded three tackles and a pass defensed.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Southern Illinois, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Consistently wreaked havoc in offensive backfields in the FCS ranks, logging 38 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks ... Second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference performer as a senior, when he ranked second in conference in both sacks (eight) and TFLs (15) ... Named team captain as a senior ... Started all 11 games at linebacker en route to being a second team All-MVFC selection as a senior ... Recorded a tackle for loss in 10 different games and a sack in eight different games.
Personal: Hometown is Hamilton, N.J. ... Attended Hamilton West High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors as senior ... Won team’s defensive MVP and Hardest Hitter Awards ... Also a member of basketball and track and field teams ... Earned degree from Southern Illinois in communications, with a minor in marketing ... Twice named to MVFC Academic Honor Roll. ... Served as summer intern in 2012 in media services office of Saluki Athletics ... Made offseason speaking visits in 2014 to his former elementary school and high school ... Enjoys traveling ... Last name is pronounced “dih-MAHNCH.”
If the Bengals linebackers room at Paul Brown Stadium is the home of the unwanted, the unloved and the undrafted, then James Harrison is the Ugly Duckling who grew into the Swan that has gone to five Pro Bowls and won an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, all the while becoming "The Baddest Man In Football."
From all of us at the Cincinnati Bengals, happy Thanksgiving! Carlos Dunlap, Andy Dalton, Andrew Whitworth, Mike Nugent, and Jayson DiManche talk turkey with Bengals.com
Cincinnati Bengals undrafted rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche waits to receive the phone call on whether he has made the team's 53-man roster.