Only the third player Bengals history obtained by trading up in the draft, Bodine is in starting center role ... Bengals traded to move up 12 spots in the fourth round … Despite being a mid-draft selection, Bodine was tagged by coaches as a likely starter from the early days of minicamps … Has helped Bengals rank tied for second in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (eight) … Though known at North Carolina as a disciplined performer and a team leader, he combined those attributes with a frequently observed “nasty streak” ... Opted to enter the NFL Draft following his junior season.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2014 NFL Draft (111th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-14.
2014 highlights: Has started at C for Games 1-7 … Part of protection that allowed no sacks through Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, contributed to offense tally of 380 net yards … Helped pave way for 170 rushing yards Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton for third consecutive game ... Helped offense tally a season-high 513 net yards in overtime game Oct. 12 vs. Carolina , including 193 rushing yards ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one play late in the fourth quarter.
College highlights: Played three seasons (2011-13) at North Carolina, with redshirt year in 2010 ... Played 34 games with 27 starts ... Started at C his last two seasons after primarily playing guard as a freshman ... Credited by coaches with 23 TD-resulting blocks. 2013—Started all 13 games at C and earned All-Atlantic Coast conference honorable mention from league coaches ... Credited with 10 or more knockdown blocks in five games. 2012—Sophomore starter helped Tar Heels to 8-4 season and school records for points (487) and points per game (40.8) ... Team ranked second in ACC in offense (5827), a 485.6-yard average per game. 2011—Played in nine games as redshirt freshman, with two starts at C as injury replacement. 2010—Redshirt season.
He’s No. 3: The Bengals selected Bodine with the No. 111 selection in the 2014 draft, trading Nos. 123 and 199 to Seattle to move up 12 spots in the fourth round. Only twice previously had the Bengals traded up. In 1995, Cincinnati selected HB Ki-Jana Carter with the No. 1 pick after trading Nos. 5 and 36 to Carolina. In 2002, the Bengals took TE Matt Schobel with No. 67 (third round) after trading Nos. 73 and 145 to Carolina.
High school: Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, where he played G, C and DT ... Twice named all-state in the highest of the three private school divisions ... Also lettered in track, and won indoor state shot put championship as a senior with a throw of 49 feet and 3.25 inches.
Personal: Hometown is Scottsville, Va. ... Majored at North Carolina in Communication Studies ... Last name is pronounced “BO-dine.”
When the Bengals took the field at Paul Brown Stadium Friday morning for the last workout before Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Houston, it was the healthiest they’ve been since early in the season.
Never mind going back to the House of Horrors Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) when the Bengals go to the Texans’ NRG Stadium. Never mind that. The Texans have the running game from Hades. This time the Bengals may get an edge from a coach who has come over from the other side.