Second-round pick in 2009 Draft played his sixth Bengals season in 2014, and on 3-5-15 he signed new three-year contract, electing to bypass unrestricted free agency ... Suffered hamstring injury on Oct. 12 of last season vs. Carolina, and missed four games, but returned to action and was major factor in improved rush defense down the stretch toward playoff berth ... Finished second on team in tackles in each season from 2011-13 ... The ’14 season was his fourth as No. 1 MLB, after two seasons at SLB.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2009 NFL Draft (38th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-29-09 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-18-13 ... Re-signed with Bengals on 3-5-15.
2014 highlights: Started at MLB in 12 games (Games 1-5 and 10-16) and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 6-9 (hamstring) ... Had 59 tackles (five for-loss), an INT and four passes defensed in regular season ... Tied for team lead with nine tackles on Oct. 5 at New England ... Four tackles on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina before leaving game with hamstring injury in the fourth quarter ... Returned to starting lineup on Nov. 16 at New Orleans and was a key part of Bengals goal-line stand, stopping Saints FB Erik Lorig for a loss of one on a pass play on fourth-and-goal play from the one ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, his INT and four-yard return to Texans 22 set up a Bengals TD for a 16-3 third-quarter lead ... Also at Houston, was part of defensive push which caused Texans RB Alfred Blue to stumble over backpedaling offensive lineman in the end zone, leading to Blue being tackled for a safety by Geno Atkins ... Ranked second on the team with eight tackles on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... Tied for team lead with six tackles (one for-loss) and had a pass defensed on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Ranked second on team with 10 tackles on Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Two tackles and a pass defensed in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, but left game in second quarter with hamstring injury.
Previous seasons: 2009—Earned No. 1 SLB position as Bengals rookie and ranked fifth on team in tackles (80) ... Led team in total forced fumbles (three), with two on defense and one on special teams ... Suffered left ankle fracture in Game 15, Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, and was placed Dec. 30 on Reserve/Injured list, missing season finale and Wild Card playoff ... Had key forced fumble against in third quarter Sept. 20 at Green Bay, with Bengals recovering at their 38 and driving 62 yards for TD that put team ahead to stay ... Also at Green Bay, had sack and forced fumble on Aaron Rodgers (Packers recovered) and six total tackles. 2010—Nine tackles (led LBs) Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay, including 10-yard sack of Josh Freeman that helped set up game’s first TD drive in first quarter ... Led team with 13 tackles Oct. 31 vs. Miami ... On Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, had first pro INT, off Mark Sanchez ... On Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, had key INT against Philip Rivers, returning 47 yards to San Diego 21, setting up TD drive. 2011—Second on team in tackles (115), despite missing three games with ankle sprain ... Led team in forced fumbles (three) and tied for team lead in combined fumbles forced/recovered (four) ... On Sept. 25 vs. San Francisco, forced fumble by Frank Gore at Bengals 16 in fourth quarter (Bengals recovered) ... Team-leading 12 tackles Oct. 2 vs. Buffalo ... Team-leading 10 tackles Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, along with key pass defensed as Bengals held Jaguars to second-quarter FG after Jacksonville returned INT to Cincinnati two ... Had two forced fumbles (both recovered by Cincinnati) Dec. 11 vs. Houston, including second-quarter play on which he stopped RB Ben Tate for two-yard loss on first-and-goal from Bengals one, recovering the fumble himself ... Set up first Bengals score Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, intercepting John Skelton pass with two-yard return to Cardinals 23 ... Led team with personal season-high 14 tackles 1-1-12 vs. Baltimore ... Three tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Started all 16 games and Wild Card playoff ... His total of 152 tackles trailed only WLB Vontaze Burfict ... Had at least a share of team tackles lead in seven games, and logged double-digits in tackles in eight contests ... Also led front seven in passes defensed (five) ... Led team in tackles (12) on Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, and led Sept. 23 at Washington (13) and Oct. 7 vs. Miami (13) ... Also led on Nov. 4 vs. Denver (10), Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants (13) and Nov. 18 at Kansas City (eight, including one sack) ... Second on team with 10 tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, and recovered a fumble ... Led team with 15 tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started 13 games (Games 1-8 and 12-16), and his 110 tackles ranked second on team ... Also had a sack, an INT and three passes defensed ... Inactive for Games 9-11 due to a knee injury and a concussion ... Team-leading 12 tackles on Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... Eleven tackles on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Personal season-high 14 tackles on Sept. 29 at Cleveland ... Ten tackles and a pass defensed Oct. 20 at Detroit ... Five tackles including one for a loss Oct. 27 vs. Jets before suffering a knee injury and a concussion ... Returned from injury on Dec. 1 at San Diego and logged 10 tackles, including sack (zero yards) of Philip Rivers ... Intercepted Matt Cassel pass Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... Led team with 15 tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played 50 games with 34 starts over four seasons (2005-08) at USC ... Earned multiple national honors as senior, and joined Bengals with reputation as one of college ranks’ best ever for combination of hard hitting and speed to cover field ... Named freshman All-American in ’05, and was first-team All-Pac 10 in final three seasons, topped by consensus All-American honors as senior ... Won ’08 Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player) and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by CBSsports.com ... As senior, was leading tackler (79) on unit that led nation in scoring defense (9.0 points per game) and finished second in fewest yards allowed (221.8) ... Helped lead Trojans to 46-6 record over four seasons.
Personal: Parents are native Samoans ... Grew up in a military family ... Born in Oklahoma City, but moved with family as an infant to Honolulu, where he lived until age 12 ... Later lived in Oxnard, Calif., and Eureka, Calif. ... Attended Eureka High School, where he was named first-team All-American as senior by Parade and USA Today ... Spent 2001 prep freshman year at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif. ... Majored in sociology at Southern California ... Had supporting role in 2014 Disney motion picture, “Million Dollar Arm” ... Enjoys traveling, and playing piano and ukulele ... First name is pronounced “RAY” and last name is pronounced “mow(rhymes with ‘now’)-uh-LOO-guh.”
When Rey Maualuga returns to middle linebacker next week, he desperately wants to pick up where he left off when he just so happened to be playing the best of his five seasons.
Before the Bengals moved on to Sunday's assignment against the Packers at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga took one final look Wednesday at the 20-10 victory over Pittsburgh that kicked off the two-game homestand.
The Bengals added some tread to their youthful linebacking corps Monday when they announced the re-signing of Rey Maualuga and made him the club's most seasoned player at the position.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer offered a stout defense of middle linebacker Rey Maualuga on Sunday here at the NFL Scouting Combine and said he'd like to sign him back in free agency.
Bengals.com recaps Monday's practice. The Bengals and New York Giants will hold joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:00 pm ET. The practices will be open to the public.