College free agent earned Bengals contract after impressing as a tryout player in rookie minicamp ... Played in 42 games (20 starts) in four seasons at Stanford (2009-12) ... Earned All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors as senior.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-13-13.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012—Played in 11 games with seven starts ... Tied up blockers in middle of defense that led nation in sacks (56) and tackles-for-loss (120) ... In regular-season home finale vs. Oregon State, his five tackles included two for-loss and an eight-yard sack that forced a fumble in comeback win. 2011—Started all 13 games at nose tackle ... Forced a fumble at goal line to preserve Stanford’s triple overtime victory at USC. 2010—Saw reserve duty in 12 of 13 games as a sophomore. 2009—Played in six games as a freshman, logging four tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., where he was a consensus All-State selection as junior and senior ... Also an outstanding high school wrestler, going 29-1 as a junior, when he was runner-up at state championship.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Gaithersburg, Md. ... In high school, was member of National Honor Society and a four-year member of NAACP Leadership Council ... Young African-American Men Coalition Award winner ... African-American Festival for Academic Excellence Award recipient ... Graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology.
The Bengals kicking game that has had as much to do with their run of five straight post-season berths as the A.J. Green-Andy Dalton connection and the Geno Atkins-led defensive line has undergone a youthful facelift less than two weeks before the opener.
The Bengals made one of those hard moves minus the knocks before Tuesday morning’s walk-through when they released wide receiver Brandon Tate.
A look at the roster in the wake of the injury to Pro Bowl special teamer Cedric Peerman as the Bengals prep for Thursday's pre-season finale against the Colts (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium.