The lone college free agent to make Bengals season-opening roster in 2014, Hewitt is in his second season, maintaining a key offensive role as No. 1 H-back ... Has supported 410.3 average in net offense, ranked third in NFL, with only six sacks allowed by team (second in NFL) ... Started 11 games last season, plus Wild Card playoff, and played in every game ... Blocked last season 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.
Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-12-14.
2015 highlights: Has played in Games 1-6, with five starts ... One reception, for 16 yards ... 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 ... Helped protect Andy Dalton for career-high 383 passing yards on Sept. 27 at Baltimore ... 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 with a 16-yard reception.
2014: 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 ... 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 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.”
The NFL said Thursday that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s suspension has been upheld after the appeal was heard by Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks and he’ll miss the first three games of the upcoming season.
If Tony Perez was the Mayor of Riverfront Stadium, then Bernie Stowe was the Sage of Cinergy Field who tucked away Riverfront and Crosley Field into eternity with the same tender loving care he christened Great American Ball Park. When Stowe, the Reds’ long-time clubhouse man, died earlier this week it was a blow felt on both sides of The Banks, where in a galaxy far, far away his team and the Bengals once shared a stadium.