Third-round 2014 draft choice is off to a strong start in ’16, tied for team lead in sacks (3.0) .... Played in 12 games in ’15, five more than in his rookie season, and also played in Wild Card playoff.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2014 NFL Draft (88th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-27-14.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4 ... Tied for team lead in sacks (3.0) and has five total tackles and two passes defensed ... Tied for third on team in total QB hits (three) ... Had a nine-yard sack (first solo of career) against Ben Roethlisberger on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Three-yard sack of Trevor Siemian on Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Logged a sack of QB Ryan Tannehill Sept. 30 vs. Miami, third consecutive game with a sack.
Previous seasons: 2014—Rookie played in seven games (Games 3 and 10-15), with three tackles and a fumble recovery, and also played in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 1-2 and 4-9, and active-DNP for Game 16 ... Made NFL debut on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee (no statistics) ... Had one tackle on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, and recovered fumble by RB Travaris Cadet at Bengals 33 in fourth quarter ... One tackle on Nov. 23 at Houston and on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Played in all four preseason games and logged nine tackles, including one sack. 2015—Played in 12 games (Games 1-11 and 14) and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 12-13 and 15-16 ... Had four tackles in regular season, including a shared sack, and one pass defensed ... On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, scored his first career entry in sack column, teaming with Geno Atkins for a three-yard drop of Philip Rivers in the third quarter ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, his pressure on QB Joe Flacco helped lead to Adam Jones’ INT in second quarter ... One tackle in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at West Virginia, with a redshirt year in 2009 ... A starter in his last three seasons, he closed career with 41 games played and 34 starts ... Was successful both at DE and at DT during his West Virginia career (made 22 starts at DE before starting 12 at DT as senior) ... Totaled 110 tackles, with 9.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles-for-loss, and had seven passes defensed ... Only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for excellence in the weight room.
Personal: Hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Played TE and OLB at Taylor Allerdice High School in Pittsburgh, twice earning All-City honors on both offense and defense from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ... Also excelled in prep basketball, averaging 16.0 points per game for a 20-6 team as a senior ... A criminology major at West Virginia, he was named to WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Defensive end Will Clarke the former West Virginia standout caught the eyes of his teammates by arriving with nearly 20 pounds of added muscle.