College free agent signee logged a pair of 100-tackle seasons at NCAA Division II New Mexico Highlands after beginning his career at Southern California ... Entered senior season as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason Defensive Player of the Year ... Selected to play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-1-13.
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012—Finished his second season at New Mexico Highlands with 104 tackles, including 10.0 sacks and 24 tackles-for-loss ... Twice garnered conference Defensive Player of the Week award. 2011—In first season at NMHU, recorded 110 tackles, including 4.0 sacks and 28.5 TFLs. 2010—Was enrolled at Louisville, but did not play due to eligibility issues. 2009—Played in five games with one start as a sophomore at Southern California ... Recorded nine tackles, with eight coming in his lone start, against Washington ... Missed three games due to ankle sprain. 2008—As USC freshman, was switched from FB to LB prior to spring drills ... Played in 12 of 13 games, recording seven tackles as a backup LB and special teams player. 2007—Redshirted as true freshman at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Norco (Calif.) High School, where he earned Super Prep All-America and Los Angeles Times All-Star honors ... Was league Defensive MVP as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Norco, Cal.
Last year Bengals.com predicted an 11-5 record before the club launched its 2013 AFC North title trek that finished 11-5. Check out what we say for 2014.
The Bengals ended up with the best of both worlds as the core of a young team that has made it to three straight playoffs begins to mix with some new blood. In 2012 they were the youngest AFC team to make the playoffs with an average NFL years of experience at 4.08. It rose to 4.22 last year and is now at 4.39. But the average age dipped ever so slightly, from 26.4 years old last year to 25.96 in 2014.