2010 HIGHLIGHTS: College free agent was waived on Sept. 4, and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 5 … Played in all five games in preseason, finishing with two receptions for 20 yards and two carries for two yards.
COLLEGE: Durable blocker did not miss a game in four seasons (2006-09) at Louisville, playing 48 contests with 12 starts … Saw action as a freshman for 12-1 team that closed season with Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest, and supported team averages of 185.3 rushing yards and 475.3 net yards per game … In 2007, supported averages of 146.1 rushing yards and 341.9 net yards … Had a TD reception in 2008 win vs. Syracuse, and as lead blocker helped RB Vic Anderson log 1047 rushing yards … Had a TD run in 2009 vs. Pittsburgh, and team averaged 125.2 rushing yards and 334.1 net yards for the season … Made nine of his 12 career starts in ’09 … For his career, had eight receptions for 45 yards and five rushes for nine yards …
PERSONAL: Louisville is his hometown, and he was named first-team all-state by the Courier-Journal as a senior at St. Xavier High School … Was team captain for 2004 state prep championship team … Also a standout track and field performer in high school, he was a three-time state shot put champion and set a state shot record at 63 feet, 4.5 inches … In weightlifting in high school, was a four-time USA Powerlifting (USAPL) national champion … Exercise science major at Louisville … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-10.
You know your offense is morphing into a physical presence when the offensive line coach comes out of the game raving about a block from the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Rookie center Russell Bodine got a ringing endorsement from his position coach Monday with the Sept. 7 regular-season opener in Baltimore now less than three weeks away.