A first-year NFL player for 2015, McCalebb is a speedy cornerback and kick return prospect ... Originally signed by Bengals as a college free agent in 2013, he has spent most of the last two seasons on Cincinnati practice squad, with one game appearance ... After spending his college career as a running back, he was switched to CB after being signed by the Bengals ... Tied for the second-fastest 40 time at the 2013 NFL Combine (4.34) ... At Auburn, joined Kentucky’s Derrick Locke as only players in SEC history to gain more than 2000 rushing, 1000 kick return and 500 career receiving yards.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-1-13 ... Waived by Bengals on 8-31-13 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-1-13 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-6-14 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 8-30-14 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 8-31-14 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 9-6-14 ... Waived by Bengals on 9-9-14 ... Signed to Bengals practice squad on 9-10-14 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-5-15.
2014 recap: Made NFL debut on Sept. 7 at Baltimore, playing on special teams (no statistics) ... On practice squad for Games 2-16 and Wild Card playoff, and signed just after the season to a Reserve/Future contract for 2015 ... Played in all four 2014 preseason games, with three special teams tackles, one pass defensed and a 59-yard kickoff return.
2013: On practice squad for Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Played in all four preseason games, with no defensive statistics, but had three kickoff returns for 76 yards (25.3).
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Auburn, seeing action in 50 games ... Finished career as ninth-leading rusher in school history (2586 yards) ... Averaged 25.7 yards on 53 kickoff returns, including TDs of 83 and 100 yards ... Averaged 6.3 yards per rush (406-2586) and 9.8 yards per reception (63-620) ... Scored 29 TDs — 24 rushing, three receiving and two on returns ... Played in every game as a sophomore for BCS National Championship team, and his 810 rushing yards on 95 carries worked out to a school season record of 8.5 yards per carry ... Rushed six-for-47 and had two receptions for 10 yards in national title win over Oregon ... In 2009, became first Auburn freshman to rush for 100 yards or more in his first two games ... Spent 2008 season in prep school at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.).
Personal: Hometown is Fort Meade, Fla. ... Attended Fort Meade (Fla.) High School, where he rushed for 1995 yards and 27 TDs as senior ... Interdisciplinary Studies major at Auburn ... Last name is pronounced “mc-KAY-lebb.”
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: McCalebb did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2013 or ’14 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either season.
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Unofficially, Onterio McCalebb believes his NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard dashes were 4.27 seconds and 4.21. Two weeks later at the Auburn pro day, it was 4.29.
The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the 13th annual Taste of the NFL benefiting the Freestore Foodbank. Players and cheerleaders attended the "dinner-by-the-bite" event which involved more than 40 area restaurants. This year's Taste of the NFL raised approximately $130,000 for the Freestore Foodbank, the equivalent of 390,000 meals.