Promising offensive line prospect is one of two college free agents who made Bengals Week 1 roster, and he started seven games ... Helped RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions (14), with Green-Ellis failing to convert only once ... Part of run-blocking effort for Green-Ellis to gain at least 100 yards four times in a five-game stretch (Games 10-12 and 14), with 168.2 team average in that span ... Originally took over starting C job as injury replacement for veteran Jeff Faine, but held the job after Faine returned to active status ... Yielded starting job to veteran Kyle Cook after Cook returned to action from Reserve/Injured status.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent on 5-4-12.
2012 GENERAL: Played in Games 3-14 and 16, with seven starts (Games 8-14). ... Active-DNP in Games 1-2, and was active-DNP in Game 15 as veteran Kyle Cook re-took starting C job ... Helped RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank first in NFL in third-and-one rushing conversions, edging Houston’s Arian Foster by one (14-13), and Green-Ellis had only 15 attempts to Foster’s 19.
2012 GAME-BY-GAME: Saw action at C for one series Oct. 14 at Cleveland ... Played extensively at C on Oct. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, due to injury to Jeff Faine ... Logged first career start Nov. 4 vs. Denver, replacing injured Faine, but left game late in the first half with a hamstring injury of his own ... In start Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, helped offense allow no sacks for third game on the season ... Supported 189 team rushing yards Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... Supported season-best 221 rushing yards Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, with 6.5 yard average ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, supported third straight 100-yard rushing game for BenJarvus Green-Ellis (25-118) and helped lead pass protection that allowed only one sack for zero yards ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, helped support blocking effort for team’s 146 net yards rushing ... In Thursday night win Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, aided rushing effort of 41-for-157 (3.8) and season-best 37:40 possession time, with Green-Ellis (106) becoming only second player in Bengals history to get four 100-yard rushing totals in span of five team games. ... Split time at C with Kyle Cook on Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Active-DNP for Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston ... Played in all four preseason games, with a start in fourth game at C in place of injured Cook.
COLLEGE: Primarily a guard at Notre Dame, he played in 48 games with 40 starts over four seasons (2008-11) ... Started every game in his junior and senior seasons, helping the Irish offensive line to the two most successful pass-protecting efforts of the last decade ... As a senior, helped lead blocking effort for offense that averaged 413 yards per game, including 160.4 rushing ... Started 11 games as a sophomore, helping the blocking effort for Irish offense that four times rushed for more than 150 yards, and eight times passed for more than 300 yards ... Played in 11 games as a freshman, starting three times, making him only the fifth Notre Dame freshman to ever start a game on the offensive line.PERSONAL: Hometown is Elkhorn, Neb. ... Attended Elkhorn (Neb.) High School, where he was named first-team All-America by USA Today as a senior ... Earned first-team all-state honors at Elkhorn as a junior and senior ... Also played defensive line in high school ... Helped lead Elkhorn to a state runner-up finish during his junior season ... Was a management/ consulting major at Notre Dame.
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