College free agent signee saw action in 36 games with 26 starts at Eastern Kentucky ... Left Eastern ranked among the top 10 in program history in receiving yards (1842 — ninth) and TD catches (24 — tied for second).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Eastern Kentucky, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as both a junior and senior. 2012—Played in 10 games with nine starts as a senior ... Tied program single-game record with four TD catches in win over Tennessee-Martin, and finished game with career-high 175 receiving yards ... Notched three other 100-yard receiving games including 152 yards and a TD in the finale against Murray State. 2011—As a junior, tied for OVC lead with 11 receiving TDs, and his team leads also included receptions (39), receiving yards (627) and yards-per-catch (16.1). 2010—As a sophomore, played in all 11 games with six starts, and was second on team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (315) ... His first-quarter TD grab against Jacksonville State was an ESPN SportsCenter “top play”. 2009—Appeared in three games (no statistics) as a freshman. 2008—Redshirted as true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va., where he was named second-team Division 3-A all-state as a senior, with 53 receptions for 879 yards and nine TDs ... Also played on basketball team, averaging 11.8 points per game as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Charleston, West Va. ... Last name is pronounced “GORD.”
We knew deep down the day the schedule came out back in April, but now it’s official. No matter what happens Monday night against Denver at Paul Brown Stadium (8:30-ESPN and Cincinnati’s Channel 5) the Bengals play for the AFC North tittle in Pittsburgh next Sunday.
After three losses by at least three touchdowns to teams in the middle of the AFC playoff chase, the North leading Bengals (9-4-1) play one of those referendum games Monday night (8:30-ESPN Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Paul Brown Stadium against Peyton Manning’s 11-3 Broncos. A victory does even more than that and qualifies them for the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
The Bengals got some good news when they returned to the practice field Saturday morning at Paul Brown Stadium and SAM linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was in the stretching line with his helmet. Lamur, who left Sunday’s game in Cleveland with a hamstring injury, was limited and classified as doubtful, but it looks like he’s got a chance to play Monday (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against Denver.
Vincent Rey is a smart man. He’s got his degree from Duke University, he’s a scholar athlete from the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Bengals just tapped him as their Man of the Year nominee for this year‘s Walter Payton Award. So he knows it’s a bit backward to declare before Monday night’s game (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived that the key is shutting down the run. Madness, right? No one dead or alive has thrown more TD passes than Peyton Manning.