A tough and versatile player, Sanu played in every game, with 14 starts, following a promising rookie campaign in 2012 ... Ranked third among WRs in catches and yards ... Will occasionally take a direct center snap in Wildcat formation, and in limited opportunities, he has displayed a strong and accurate passing arm … Played in nine games last season, increasing his contribution as the season progressed, until suffering a foot fracture in practice ... Had four TD receptions in his nine games, and also threw a 73-yard TD pass to A.J. Green.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in every game, with starts in Games 1-10 and 13-16, with 47 receptions for 455 yards and two TDs … Also has a 25-yard pass completion and four rushes for 16 yards ... Caught five-for-40 on Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, with four-yard rush … On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, led team with 68 receiving yards while tying for team lead in catches (four) ... Caught three-for-19 on Sept. 29 at Cleveland, and also drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Browns … Caught two-for-28 Oct. 6 vs. New England, with each catch (17 and 11) putting Bengals inside FG range ... Caught five-for-44 Oct. 13 at Buffalo, with four of five receptions going for first downs ... Caught one-for-12, converting a third down, Oct. 20 at Detroit ... Had one catch for 24 yards Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... Had a personal season high in receptions with six Oct. 31 at Miami, going for 62 yards … Caught two-for-11 Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, including a six-yard TD, and set up another TD by taking a lateral from Andy Dalton and passing 25 yards to RB Giovani Bernard, to the Browns nine-yard line ... Caught two-for-26 Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Caught three-for-20 on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Caught four-for-35 with a TD Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... His TD went for seven yards in the third quarter ... Caught one-for-12 Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-11-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012—Played Games 1, 3-5 and 7-11, before being placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list (foot) ... Active-DNP for Game 2 ... Inactive for Game 6 ... Started Games 10-11 ... Totaled 16 receptions for 154 yards and four TDs, five rushes for 15 yards, and had a 73-yard TD pass ... Also contributed on special teams, with two tackles ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, started game as “Wildcat” QB, faked a handoff, and then hit WR A.J. Green in stride for 73-yard TD pass on game’s first scrimmage play ... Pass to Green was longest by an NFL player on first career attempt since 2003, when Pittsburgh P Josh Miller completed 81-yarder ... Two-for-29 receiving Dec. 4 vs. Denver, including a 34-yarder ... Four-for-47 receiving Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, with first career TD catch (10 yards), and also added a three-yard rush to convert a third down .. Also vs. Giants, tied for lead in special teams tackles (two) ... On Nov. 18 at Kansas City, his two-for-22 receiving included a 14-yard TD in fourth quarter that was final score of Cincinnati's 28-6 victory ... Led team with five receptions (for 29 yards) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, scoring on first-half throws of two and five yards that extended Bengals lead to 21-0, and his first TD came on impressive one-handed catch near end-zone sideline ... Played in all four preseason games and led team in receptions (12), while finishing second in receiving yards (105), with one TD.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2009-11) at Rutgers, catching Big East-record 210 passes, for 2263 yards and 12 TDs ... Played in 38 games, with 37 starts ... Passed for 207 yards with four TDs and no INTs during his career, and rushed for 653 yards and nine scores ... Opted to enter draft after his junior season ... Scorched defenses for 115 receptions in ’11, shattering Larry Fitzgerald’s Big East record of 92 for Pitt in 2003 ... Broke conference career receptions record of 207 set for Rutgers by Bengals teammate Brian Leonard (from 2003-06) ... As a senior helped Scarlet Knights to 9-4 record with Pinstripe Bowl win over Iowa State ... His 16 receptions vs. Ohio in 2011 set a Big East single-game mark, and his 13 catches against both North Carolina and Army tied for second-most.
PERSONAL: Hometown is South Brunswick, N.J. ... Attended South Brunswick High School, where he played S, WR and QB, and he also punted during each of his three varsity seasons ... Because he turned 19 prior to his senior season, he was ineligible to play under state rules, and he was limited to practice work throughout the full 2008 campaign ... In 2007, he passed for 900 yards and rushed for 700 on offense, and he had 90 tackles with five INTs on defense as South Brunswick gained its first playoff berth in nearly 40 years ... Labor studies major at Rutgers ... His parents are both natives of the West African nation of Sierra Leone ... Last name is pronounced “suh-NOO.”
When you pump up 429 yards on a night you don't have your Pro Bowl wide receiver, your Pro Bowl left tackle and your bell cow running back, an offensive coordinator has to have the pick of his favorite plays.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be 100 percent when he arrives next month at the Bengals offseason workouts as he comes back from the broken foot that wiped him out of the last month of his season.
James Urban, the Bengals Energizer Bunny of a wide receivers coach, loves being on the field this upcoming weekend at Indianapolis when he helps run the receiver drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who missed the last six games with a stress fracture in his left foot, says he's back running routes after being cleared in early February.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu catches a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton rebounds from throwing two early interceptions as he hooks up with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu for a 6-yard score in the second quarter.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton connects with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu for a 2-yard touchdown.