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.
The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.