Cincinnati native was signed as a college free agent out of Indiana University, but is out for the season due to training camp injury ... Appeared in all 48 of Indiana’s games over his career, starting 40.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Suffered a leg fracture and dislocated ankle in practice on July 31.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13 ... Waived (injured) on Aug. 7, and after clearing reverted to Bengals Reserve/Injured list.
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Indiana, with a redshirt year in 2008. 2012—Finished second on team as a senior in sacks (4.0) and tackles-for-loss (12), and also logged 36 tackles, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups ... Started all 12 games ... Opened season with first career two-sack game, in win over Indiana State ... One sack with two TFLs in win over Iowa . 2011—Started all 12 games and collected 47 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 5.5 TFLs. 2010—Played in all 12 games with four starts, recording 15 tackles, one sack and 2.5 TFLs ... Blocked a FG at No. 2 Ohio State. 2009—Started all 12 games as a freshman, finishing fourth on team with 7.5 TFLs, tied for third among all freshmen in Big Ten ... Finished season with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks ... Earned a spot on Sporting News freshman All-America team. 2008—Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Wyoming (Ohio) High School, where he was an all-state, all-city and first team all-league selection ... Selected to play in North-South Ohio All-Star Game, and collected Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year honor ... Team captain and MVP was Prep Star All-Midwest Region selection.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Cincinnati ... Earned degree from Indiana in Recreational Sport Management in December 2012.
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