COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Lucky played four seasons (2005-08) at Nebraska and compiled 4214 all-purpose yards, fourth-most in school history … Played 50 games, with 29 starts … Averaged 4.6 yards per carry while rushing for 2393 yards … His 135 career receptions rank fourth all-time at NU, and his 75 catches in 2007 are a Huskers record … Top statistical season was his 2007 junior campaign, when he rushed for 1057 yards (4.9 avg.) with nine TDs … Earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award in 2007 vs. Nevada, when he rushed 20-for-233 with three TDs and also caught a TD pass … Twice named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in ’07 … Tied for team lead with seven rushing TDs as a senior, totaling 517 yards … Occasionally triggered the offense by taking direct snaps from center, and threw four career TD passes … Topped the 1000-yard mark from scrimmage as a sophomore, rushing for 728 yards (5.2 avg.) and adding 383 on 32 receptions
PERSONAL: Lived through seventh grade in Dallas, Texas, and then moved to Los Angeles area … Attended North Hollywood High School, where he rushed for 2036 yards and 40 TDs as a senior … Also won four prep letters in track … Sociology major at Nebraska, and made Big 12 Commissioner’s spring 2007 honor roll … Volunteered time at NU to assist with hospital visits and with Read to Succeed Book Drive … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-09.
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.