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 only thing more notorious than Geno Atkins’ first step is his last word because there are so few of them that come before it. The guy who defensive line coach Jay Hayes calls “a man of few words,” was the talk of Bengals training camp Wednesday when he passed his physical and came off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.