A 2012 rookie minicamp tryout player, Brooks earned a spot on Bengals training camp roster, and later to a spot on Cincinnati practice squad ... Signed to team’s 2013 roster ... Played two seasons at Rutgers (2008-09), before transferring to Morgan State for remaining two seasons of eligibility (‘10-11).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 5-14-12 ... Waived on 8-31-12, and signed 9-1-12 to Bengals practice squad ... Released from Bengals practice squad on 11-6-12 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-8-13.
2012 RECAP: Played in all four Bengals preseason games, rushing eight-for-18 with one TD and catching two passes for 13 yards ... Waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Bengals practice squad ... Released from practice squad after Game 4.
COLLEGE: Rushed 160-for-798 (5.0 average) in two seasons (2008-09) at Rutgers, with 10 TDs ... As a sophomore, played in nine Rutgers games for squad that finished 9-4, rushing 60-for-282 with four TDs ... As a freshman, played in 11 games and was Rutgers’s second-leading rusher, logging 100 carries, 516 yards and six TDs ... In two seasons (2009-10) at Morgan State, rushed 154-for-459 (3.0) with two TDs.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Germantown, Md. ... Attended Seneca Valley High School.
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.