Was on Bengals practice squad for season’s last five games, plus Wild Card playoff ... Entered NFL in 2012 as college free agent with Oakland ... Spent four years at Arizona State, playing in 40 games, with 28 starts for the Sun Devils.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Oakland as college free agent on 5-2-12 ... Waived on 8-31-12 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 11-27-12 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-7-13.
2012 RECAP: Played in all four preseason games for Raiders, before being waived on Aug. 31 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on Nov. 27.
COLLEGE: Played TE his first two seasons at Arizona State and had five catches for 40 yards and one TD ... Scored TD vs. Stanford as freshman ... Made transition to T prior to junior season ... Started 13 games at T as senior—four at LT and nine at RT—earning honorable mention All Pac-12.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Reno, Nev. ... Attended Reno High School, where he was ranked as state’s top TE by Rivals.com ... Also lettered in track and field in high school ... Criminal justice major at Arizona State.
Mike Brown is the last guy to take himself seriously. He said so Tuesday, one of those rare days he talks to the media. But with Brown set to turn 81 next month in his franchise’s 49th season, it looks finally to be time to take him as seriously as any NFL owner should be taken.
Mike Brown hosted Tuesday's annual media luncheon that opens training camp and while he praised Vontaze Burfict and wondered about his three-game suspension, Marvin Lewis gave a ringing endorsement of new right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Meanwhile, Darrin Simmons is hosting a casting call at punt return.
Dan McSurley, whose 185-50 record as head football coach at Clinton-Massie High School includes two Ohio state championships, today is named as the 2015 season winner of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award.
“They’re a model of how you should do it. That’s the best way to go,” says one long-time NFL personnel guru now working in the NFC of the Bengals’ homegrown approach that is put on display when training camp opens Friday.