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’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.