Undrafted out of Stanford, Hewitt signed with Cincinnati as a college free agent for 2014 and became key figure in offense as No. 1 H-back ... Had 24 career starts under his belt (including postseason) when a knee injury sidelined him for the regular-season finale and Wild Card playoff this past season ... Was the lone CFA to make Bengals season-opening roster in 2014 ... Contributed last season to offense ranking seventh in NFL in scoring (26.2 per game) ... Blocked in ’14 for NFL’s No. 6 rushing game (134.2) and aided pass protection whose 23 sacks allowed was third-fewest in league ... Has 18 career receptions ... Began at Stanford as a tight end, but converted to fullback early in career.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-12-14.
2015 highlights: Played in Games 1-15, with 12 starts ... Due to knee injury suffered Dec. 28 at Denver, was inactive for Game 16 and Wild Card playoff ... Eight receptions for 99 yards on the season ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, aided pass protection that allowed no sacks and supported 396 yards net offense ... Supported a second straight sack-free game Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with 175-yard rushing output ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, aided season-best 458 net yards ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, helped Bengals post first game in franchise history with more than 300 net passing yards (321) and four rushing TDs, and credited with a key block on Giovani Bernard 13-yard TD run ... Helped aid Bengals offense to 17 fourth-quarter points in comeback win on Oct. 11 vs. Seattle ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, had first offensive touch of the season, a 16-yard reception ... One reception for 22 yards Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh ... Caught a season-high two passes for 29 yards Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis ... One reception for seven yards Dec. 6 at Cleveland, while helping team rush 33-for-144 ... One reception for nine yards Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh and also on Dec. 20 at San Francisco ... Did not have an offensive touch before suffering a knee injury in first quarter Dec. 28 at Denver.
2014: Started 11 games, plus Wild Card playoff, and played in every game ... In addition to blocking duties, had 10 receptions for 86 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 season Senior Bowl ... Career totals of 473 receiving yards and 73 as a rusher, where he was effective in short-yardage situations ... Began at Stanford as a tight end, but converted to fullback early in career ... 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.”
How can you not like William Jackson III already? After all, his first act as a Bengal was to break the hearts of the Steelers Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Bengals swiped him at No. 24 with the Steelers poised at No. 25 to draft their first first-round cornerback of the 21st century.
You know that saying, “You can never have enough corners?” The Bengals may go down as the architect of that age-old bromide after they took a cornerback in the first round Thursday night for the third time in the last five years. And the selection of Houston’s William Jackson III with the 24th pick makes it five corners in the last 11 drafts dating back to South Carolina’s Johnathan Joseph with that 24th pick in 2006.