A Cincinnati-area native, he’s pegged for a pro switch to LB after playing in college FCS ranks as a down lineman ... Led Butler in sacks all four years, finishing his career ranked second all-time in school history with 35.5.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 5-2-12.
COLLEGE: As senior, logged 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss, earning honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League recognition, and was voted by teammates as Defensive Lineman of the Year ... Four sacks and 10 TFLs as junior ... Second team all-conference as sophomore, recording 10 sacks and 11.5 TFLs ... As freshman, was named Butler’s Defensive MVP and was first-team all-conference, recording second-highest single-season sack total in school history (14) along with team-leading TFL total (18) ... Transferred to Butler from Robert Morris before freshman season.PERSONAL: Hometown is Liberty Township, Ohio ... Attended Lakota West High School, where he was first-team all-conference and all-county at DE ... Also earned prep All-America honors in lacrosse ... Earned several academic accolades at Butler — he was a second-team Academic All-American and a first-team Academic All-District V player in 2009, as well as a three-time all-conference academic.
The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.