Physically impressive prospect from college FCS ranks spent 2012 on the practice squad ... Has no regular-season game action to date, but has been with team since 2010, splitting time between practice squad and roster ... Has excellent “measurables,” combining classic NFL size (6-5, 311) with 34-inch arms, 10.5-inch hands, 26-inch vertical jump, and 5.1-second 40-yard dash ... Began college career on defensive line.
2012 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in all four preseason games ... Waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Bengals practice squad.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2010 NFL Draft (152nd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-7-10 ... Waived on 9-4-10 and signed 9-5-10 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed 1-3-11 to Bengals offseason roster ... Waived on 10-6-11, then signed to Bengals practice squad on 10-7-11 ... Re-signed to Bengals active roster on 12-12-11 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-12 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-1-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Inactive for Games 1-4 ... Waived Oct. 6 and signed Oct. 7 to practice squad ... Re-signed to roster Dec. 12, after Bengals placed starting RG Bobbie Williams on Reserve/Injured list, and was inactive for Games 14-16 and for Wild Card playoff ... Sidelined with knee injury from early preseason through Week 2, but was cleared to resume practice in Week 3.
2010 - Drafted by Bengals in fifth round (152nd overall) … Played in four preseason games, missing Game 2 due to illness … Waived on Sept. 4 and signed Sept. 5 to practice squad … On practice squad for Games 1-16.
COLLEGE: Played two seasons (2008-09) at Eastern Illinois, after beginning career in ’06-07 at Minnesota … In ’09, started all 12 games at RT for Eastern Illinois club that went 8-4 with berth in FCS playoffs … Also started at RT as a junior … Played in nine games on defensive line during his two seasons at Minnesota … Redshirted at Minnesota in 2005.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Barrington, Ill., in Greater Chicago ... Attended Barrington High School, where he was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track ... Industrial technology major at Eastern Illinois.
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