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 are hoping to keep a few of their own this season in free agency, like middle backer Rey Maualuga. The model for what they do this March might be what they did three years ago.
Everyone saw it coming, but it still didn’t make it any easier Friday when the Bengals released one of their more versatile players and valued leaders across the defensive front and around the locker room in 11-year veteran Robert Geathers.