Was lone rookie college free agent to make season-opening roster in 2014, and went on to play key offensive role as No. 1 H-back ... Started 11 games, plus Wild Card playoff, and played in every game ... Blocked for NFL’s No. 6 rushing game (134.2) and aided pass protection whose 23 sacks allowed was third-fewest in league ... Began at Stanford as a tight end, but converted to fullback early in career ... Cited by Bengals coaches as player of notable potential.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-12-14.
2014 recap: In addition to blocking duties, had seven receptions for 55 yards and one rush for no gain ... Made a seven-yard catch to convert a third down late in game on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, and had a key block on HB Jeremy Hill’s game-changing 60-yard TD run ... Had personal season bests with three catches for 34 yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, and threw key block on Jeremy Hill 16-yard TD run ... Caught three-for-31, including a season-long 19 yard reception on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Aided rushing outputs of 244 yards at Cleveland and 207 on Dec. 22 vs. Denver as Bengals won Games 14-15 to clinch playoff berth.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at Stanford, appearing in 51 games (29 starts) ... Redshirt year in 2009 ... Played in 2014 Senior Bowl ... Career totals of 473 receiving yards and 73 as a rusher, where he was effective in short-yardage situations ... Had 11-yard catch vs. Michigan State in 2014 Rose Bowl ... Won Stanford’s “Team Technician” award as senior ... As a junior, was a primary blocker for RB Stepfan Taylor’s school-record season of 1530 rushing yards.
Personal: Hometown is Denver, Colo. ... Attended Mullen High School., where he was a Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News first- team all-state selection ... Helped Mullen to 2008 5A state championship, winning team Offensive MVP award and serving as team captain ... Three-year varsity letter winner in prep basketball ... Majored at Stanford in science, technology and society ... Enjoys skiing ... Last name is pronounced “HUE-it.”
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.