Seventh-round Bengals draft selection has made a rise from NAIA player to major-college walk-on to an NFL roster spot ... Former star for NAIA St. Xavier University did not start at Illinois until late in his junior 2014 season, but came on last year to be named Illini Defensive Player of the Year ... Showed himself to be among nation’s best DBs in physically defending the run.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in seventh round of 2016 NFL Draft (245th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-9-16.
2016 highlights: Has played on special teams in Games 1-4 with one special teams tackle, on Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Played in all four preseason games, logging nine tackles and leading team in special teams tackles (four).
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at NAIA St. Xavier University in Chicago ... Redshirted in 2013 at Illinois, after joining program as a walk-on, and played for Illinois in 2014-15. 2015—Started all 12 games at free safety ... His 11.7 tackles per game (140 total) led Big Ten and ranked second in the nation among FBS players ... Most tackles by an Illinois player since 2006 ... Had two INTs ... Second-team all-conference selection by Big Ten media ... Had two INTs, and vs. Middle Tennessee, recovered a blocked punt for a TD ... Voted a team captain. 2014—Played in all 13 games as Illinois earned its first bowl berth in three years (Ticket City Bowl in Dallas vs. Louisiana Tech) ... Logged 51 tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. 2013—Redshirt year at Illinois. 2011-12—In his two seasons at St. Xavier University, helped lead team to a national title as a freshman and to 11-2 mark as a sophomore ... Career totals of 155 tackles and eight INTs.
Personal: Hometown is Lemont, Ill., in south suburban Chicago ... Earned bachelor’s degree in communication from Illinois in May 2015 and has enrolled in a second degree program for agricultural leadership education ... Last name is pronounced ‘FEDGE-uh-lemm” (the “d” is silent) ... Attended Lemont (Ill.) High School, where he was a two-time all-conference selection and an all-state player as a senior ... Also lettered in wrestling and lacrosse.
Isaac Curtis and Kenny Anderson are together again this weekend, the way it was and the way it will always be. They are the 19th most prolific scoring combo in the history of the NFL and after 50 years of Blakemania and Ocho and Carson Palmer’s Heisman howitzer and A.J. Green’s Randy Moss leap at the record books and Norman Julius Esiason, still No. 1 in Bengaldom with 51 TDs.
The versatile, valuable Orchid Wang is the latest in a line of amazing Marvin Lewis scholars that are on display this weekend at his annual golf tournament as the Bengals head coach keeps watering the kids, the seeds of a community.
Just like most everybody else on his new team, middle linebacker Kevin Minter has been on clubs that have had double-digit wins every year he’s played in the NFL. Except last season, when Arizona’s 7-8-1 turned out to be not that much different than Cincinnati’s 6-9-1. So he’s getting the same kind of vibe as he settles into an edgy Paul Brown Stadium locker room this spring.
TE C.J. Uzomah, H-Back Ryan Hewitt, and RB Giovani Bernard paid a visit to Rockdale Academy with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medial Center to get the kids out and Play 60! C.J. Uzomah makes his debut as a reporter for Bengals.com.