2009 HIGHLIGHTS: Second-year player has spent his second straight season on Reserve/Injured list, due to shoulder injury suffered in training camp ... Played in one preseason game in ’08, but suffered shoulder injury in that contest that sidelined him for the year. Began the year on Bengals offseason roster ... Waived June 20, but re-signed on Aug. 6 .. Suffered shoulder injury in practice on Aug. 10, did not play in preseason, and placed 8/31/09 on Reserve/Injured list.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2008 - Drafted by Bengals in sixth round (207th overall) ... Signed July 17 ... Played in preseason opener, August 11 at Green Bay (no statistics), but suffered a shoulder injury during the contest and missed the following three preseason games ... Placed August 30 on Reserved/Injured list.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Villanova (2004-07), starting 11 games in each of his final three seasons … Did not play as redshirt in 2003 … Totaled 1059 yards on 89 catches (11.9 avg.) and scored nine TDs ... Closed his career on a strong note as a senior in 2007, as his 37 catches, 461 receiving yards and five TDs were all personal bests by a wide margin … Named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association and was CAA Student-Athlete of the Year ... As a junior, had career-best average of 13.1 yards per catch (19-249).PERSONAL: Born in Hinsdale, Ill.; hometown is Rumford, R.I. … Lettered three times in football and four times in golf at Bishop Hendricken HS in Warwick, R.I. … All-State in football as a senior in ’02 … National Honor Society student in high school, has earned degree in finance from Villanova.
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