Skuta has contributed significantly since signing with Bengals as a college free agent in 2009 from NCAA Division II ranks ... In 2012, led special teams in tackles for the second time in three years, logging 17, and had 12 tackles on defense with a pass defensed ... In 2011, started three games as injury replacement for MLB Rey Maualuga ...... Has played in team’s last 53 games (including postseason) ... Also has been used as blocking back on offense in short-yardage situations, though not in ’12.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent on 4-30-09 ... Waived on 9-5-09, then signed 9-6-09 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed to Bengals active roster on 10-8-09 ... Became a restricted free agent on 3-13-12, and re-signed with Bengals on 4-13-12.
2012 RECAP: Played in every game, including Wild Card playoff, for third straight season ... His 17 special teams stops led the team by two over S Jeromy Miles ... Recorded two tackles on defense Sept. 10 at Baltimore, as well as one tackle on special teams ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, helped apply key pressure on QB Robert Griffin III on final Redskins drive to help preserve Bengals victory ... Led special teams in tackles (two) Oct. 7 vs. Miami, and had one stop on defense ... Two tackles Oct. 14 at Cleveland ... Led special teams with two tackles Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... Tied for special teams tackles lead (two) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... Tied for team lead with two special teams stops Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... Tied for team lead Dec. 23 with two special teams tackles ... Personal season-high of four tackles on defense Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Two tackles on defense and one on special teams in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - Played in all four preseason games, and opened regular season on Bengals practice squad ... Signed to active roster prior to Game 5 ... Over the last 12 games, played in eight contests with four inactive designations, and rose to fifth-place finish on team in special teams tackles (10) ... Made NFL debut Oct. 11 at Baltimore, with one special teams tackle ... Had two special teams stops Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, plus key block on Bernard Scott’s 96-yard kickoff return for TD ... Had team-leading three special teams tackles Nov. 22 at Oakland, and also led team with three special teams stops Dec. 20 at San Diego.
2010 - Played in every game, and led team in special teams tackles (16) ... Forced a fumble by Jalen Parmele on kickoff coverage Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore (Ravens recovered) ... Led team Oct. 24 at Atlanta with three special teams tackles ... Led team with three special teams tackles Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans ... Recorded his first two tackles on defense on the season in win Dec. 26 vs. San Diego ... Chosen by coaches as Bengals special teams coverage player for fan voting for Pro Bowl.
2011 - Had 34 tackles on defense, including a shared sack, and had a forced fumble ... Tied for second in special teams tackles (13) ... Logged four tackles on defense Sept. 25 vs. San Francisco, including a shared sack of Alex Smith, and had a forced fumble against TE Vernon Davis (49ers retained possession as ball went out of bounds) ... Made first career start on defense Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, as injury replacement for Rey Maualuga, and logged seven tackles ... Tied for team lead in tackles (nine) in start Nov. 6 at Tennessee ... Had two tackles on just five defensive snaps Nov. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, as well as one special teams tackle ... Two tackles Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, briefly replacing Maualuga, who was out of game with an ankle strain ... One tackle 1-7-12 in Wild Card playoff at Houston.
COLLEGE: Earned first-team All-America honors in NCAA Division II as a senior at Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.), and he helped lead his teams to four-year record of 51-2, with two national titles ... Played defensive line and linebacker during his four seasons (2005-08) ... His 33.5 career sacks ranked third in NCAA Division II history, and he posted that total despite limited opportunities, as GVSU’s team dominance led to starting players sitting out much of the second half in lopsided games ... In nearly half his career games (25 of 53), GVSU won by 24 or more points ... GVSU was 40-0 in his first 40 games, going 13-0, 15-0 and 12-0 before losing in the 2007 playoffs to finish 12-1.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Flint, Mich. ... Attended Carman-Ainsworth High School, where as two-way senior he tallied 116 tackles and rushed for 1092 yards and 20 TDs ... Also played high school baseball ... Enjoys snowmobiling, dirt bike riding, fishing and hunting ... Last name is pronounced “SKOO-tuh.”
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