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Maurice Purify
WR #14
Height:
6-3
Weight:
222
College:
Nebraska
Hometown:
Eureka, CA
Experience:
1
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 5 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2009 CIN 5 6 4 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Former Nebraska standout with excellent size and strength, Purify saw his first regular-season action in 2009 … Played in five games, with five special-teams tackles … Was on Bengals practice squad for the other 11 games and Wild Card playoff … Signed on 1-11-10 to Bengals offseason roster.

Former Nebraska standout with excellent size and strength, Purify saw his first regular-season action in 2009 … Played in five games, with five special-teams tackles … Was on Bengals practice squad for the other 11 games and Wild Card playoff … Signed on 1-11-10 to Bengals offseason roster.

2009 RECAP: Played in all four preseason games, with four receptions for 46 yards (11.5 avg.) … Waived Sept. 5, and signed Sept. 6 to Bengals practice squad … Signed Nov. 13 to Bengals 53-player roster … Played in five games (Games 9-13), seeing spot action on offense (no statistics) … Posted one special-teams tackle in his NFL debut, Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh … Led special teams with two tackles (both solo) Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland, including a stop of Pro Bowl returner Joshua Cribbs at Browns 14 on a second-quarter kickoff return … Waived Dec. 16, and re-signed to practice squad on Dec. 18.

PREVIOUS SEASON: 2008 - Signed with Bengals on May 8 as college free agent ... Played in all four preseason games, with three catches for 25 yards ... Waived Aug. 30, and signed Aug. 31 to Bengals practice squad ... On practice squad for Games 1-3, and released on Sept. 23 ... Re-signed Oct. 22 to practice squad, where he completed the season.

COLLEGE: Tall, physical receiver left a big mark in the Nebraska receiving record book, though he played only two seasons (2006-07) after transferring from JC ranks ... Led the team in '07 in receiving yards (814) and TD catches (nine), and his 57 catches ranked second in school history behind the 75 in '07 posted by Marlon Lucky ... Purify's nine TD catches ranked second on Huskers' all-time season list, and his 814 yards ranked third ... Named as Nebraska's offensive MVP for '07 ... Had a big season in '06 as well, catching 34-for-630 for an 18.5-yard avg., and scoring seven TDs ... His 16 career TD catches rank second in NU annals ... Tied school record with three TD catches vs. Kansas in '07, part of a seven-for-158 day ... Tied school record for the second time in three games when he scored three TDs at Colorado, going 11-for-136 for the game ... Posted a 108-yard game against Kansas State - in between the Kansas and Colorado games - and became first Husker with three straight 100-yard receiving days ... Caught the game-clinching TD pass in NU's wild 41-40 conquest of Ball State in '07 ... Played in 2004-05 at City College of San Francisco, where he earned All-America honors after a sophomore season of 68 catches for 1318 yards and 19 TDs.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Eureka, Calif. … Attended Eureka High School … Criminal justice major at Nebraska … Volunteered time at NU as an American Education Week speaker, and as part of team’s hospital visitors.

*NOTE: Purify did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2008 or ’09 because he was not on an NFL 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either season. He is designated a first-year player in 2010.

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