Towering T from Canadian college ranks looks for first game action in 2012 after spending his rookie season on Bengals practice squad ... Named twice for All-Canadian honors and was ranked as a top 10 Canadian Football League prospect before opting to make an NFL bid ... Closed his college career with a south-of-the-border berth in 2010 season East-West Shrine Game.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 7-28-11 ... Waived on 9-3-11, then signed 9-4-11 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed to Bengals offseason roster on 1-9-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in all four preseason games ... Spent regular season on Bengals practice squad.
COLLEGE: Attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada ... Played in every game in his four seasons (2007-10) with the Gaels ... Helped team win Vanier Cup championship in 2009.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Kingston, Ontario ... Attended Holy Cross Secondary School.NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: O’Donnell did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ new T-Shirt slogan says, “Challenge the Moment.” It’s almost like it was custom made for his quarterback Andy Dalton, but the rest of his roster seeking a breakout year in the postseason also has plenty of challenges:
As the process chugs ever so inexorably to the May 8-10 NFL Draft, the Bengals host their invite-only local day at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday morning with the most intriguing prospect Cincinnati Northwest High School’s Preston Brown out of Louisville, a projected mid-rounder at linebacker.