Third-round 2014 draft choice seeks increased playing time in his second Bengals season ... Played in seven games in 2014, logging three tackles and a fumble recovery ... Promising prospect who fits the size mold of recent Bengals DEs Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2014 NFL Draft (88th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-27-14.
2015 highlights: Has played in Games 1-6 ... Has three tackles, 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’ interception in second quarter ... One tackle on Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City and on Oct. 18 at Buffalo.
2014: Played in seven games (Games 3 and 10-15) ... 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 ... One tackle on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Played in all four preseason games and logged nine tackles, including one sack.
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.