PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - His 11.9-yard punt return average was Bengals’ highest since an NFL-leading 15.7 by Mike Martin in 1984 … His 474 total punt return yards led the NFL in 2009 and broke Bengals season-record of 376 set by Martin in 1984 … Also led NFL in total returns (40), second in Bengals history to Patrick Robinson’s 43 in 1993 … Had 13 kickoff returns, with an 18.4-yard average … On Sept. 20 at Green Bay, his 60-yard punt return to Packers 6-yard line set up a second-quarter TD, and he had a 32-yarder to Packers 29 in fourth quarter, setting up FG for a two-score lead … On Dec. 6 vs. Detroit, averaged 18.0 yards on three punt returns … Handled kickoff returns in place of the injured Bernard Scott on Dec. 13 at Minnesota and Dec. 20 at San Diego (combined 11-for 201; 18.3 avg.) … Caught three passes for 47 yards Dec. 20 at San Diego, including a 23-yarder to the San Diego 16 in the fourth quarter to set up FG that tied the score at 24-24 … Had a 40-yard punt return Jan. 3 at N.Y. Jets.
BLOCK PARTY: Though Cosby has earned most of his NFL notice as a punt returner, he also contributes without the ball in his hands. A play from his 2009 rookie year stands out. On Bernard Scott’s 96-yard kickoff return for a TD Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, Cosby made a clearing block near the Bengals 10-yard line and then sprinted ahead of Scott to make two more key blocks near the Steelers 20. Special teams coach Darrin Simmons said, “In my years in the NFL, that’s the single biggest effort play I’ve seen.”
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2005-08) at Texas, finishing second in Longhorns career receptions (212), third in receiving yards (2598) and fourth in receiving TDs (19) … Played 52 games with 35 starts … Averaged 23.7 yards on 73 kickoff returns and 11.3 yards on 33 punt returns … Played in every game as a freshman as Texas capped 13-0 national championship season with Rose Bowl win over then-No. 1 USC … Consensus first-team All-Big 12 as a senior, with 92 catches for 1123 yards and 10 TDs.
LATE FOOTBALL STARTER: Cosby played four years (2001-04) of pro baseball, as an outfielder in the Angels farm system, before starting his college football career. He played two rookie league and two Class A seasons, batting .260 over 340 games.
PERSONAL: Born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in nearby Mart, Texas … Attended Mart High School, where he was a two-time Class 2A all-state football selection at QB and DB … Batted .479 as a prep senior in baseball, and won state track titles in 100 and 200 meters … A social work major at Texas, he earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2008 … Twin brother, Quincy, played football at Baylor … First name is pronounced “Kwahn.”