2010 HIGHLIGHTS: College free agent was waived on Sept. 4, and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 5 … Played in all five games in preseason, finishing with two receptions for 20 yards and two carries for two yards.
COLLEGE: Durable blocker did not miss a game in four seasons (2006-09) at Louisville, playing 48 contests with 12 starts … Saw action as a freshman for 12-1 team that closed season with Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest, and supported team averages of 185.3 rushing yards and 475.3 net yards per game … In 2007, supported averages of 146.1 rushing yards and 341.9 net yards … Had a TD reception in 2008 win vs. Syracuse, and as lead blocker helped RB Vic Anderson log 1047 rushing yards … Had a TD run in 2009 vs. Pittsburgh, and team averaged 125.2 rushing yards and 334.1 net yards for the season … Made nine of his 12 career starts in ’09 … For his career, had eight receptions for 45 yards and five rushes for nine yards …
PERSONAL: Louisville is his hometown, and he was named first-team all-state by the Courier-Journal as a senior at St. Xavier High School … Was team captain for 2004 state prep championship team … Also a standout track and field performer in high school, he was a three-time state shot put champion and set a state shot record at 63 feet, 4.5 inches … In weightlifting in high school, was a four-time USA Powerlifting (USAPL) national champion … Exercise science major at Louisville … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-10.
Never mind going back to the House of Horrors Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when the Bengals go to the Texans’ NRG Stadium. Never mind that. The Texans have the running game from Hades. This time the Bengals may get an edge from a coach who has come over from the other side.
Starting cornerback Terence Newman returned to practice Thursday under the University of Cincinnati bubble, so he may be able to go in Sunday's game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Houston.
Kevin Zeitler and J.J. Watt go way back. But when they meet Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12), Watt is an MVP candidate and Zeitler is emerging as a top NFL guard.
Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson knew he would be faced with this question sooner or later and with running back Giovani Bernard coming off what he calls a “tremendous,’ practice on Wednesday, it may as well be now.
With one of the most dominant defensive players coming up in JJ Watt for Houston, Geoff Hobson and Dan Hoard examine the keys for winning the Bengals second straight road game.