Sanu has been a consistent contributor over three Bengals seasons and stepped up his role in 2014 ... Ranked third on team in receptions (56), second in receiving yards (790), and tied for fourth in TDs (five) ... Fourth on team in scrimmage yards (841) ... Had alternated in previous seasons with Marvin Jones in team’s No. 2 WR role, behind A.J. Green, and claimed No. 2 spot for 2014 due to Jones being out with injuries.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2012 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-11-12.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-16 (13 starts) and in Wild Card playoff ... Caught three-for-26, plus a two-point conversion, on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Caught three-for-84, including a 76-yard TD, on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and also completed a 50-yard pass to Brandon Tate, becoming first NFL player since New England’s David Patten in 2001 to log a reception of 75-plus yards and a completion of 50-plus in the same game ... Caught five-for-44 on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee and completed his lone pass attempt for 18 yards to Andy Dalton for a TD ... Set career high for catches (10), with then-career-high of 120 yards, on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, including a 34-yard TD, winning a contested ball from Panthers CB Melvin White, to tie the score early in fourth quarter ... Had five catches for a career-high 125 yards on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, with receptions of 48 yards on one TD drive and 53 yards on another ... Caught four-for-95 on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, including a 19-yard TD ... Caught five-for-48 with a TD on Nov. 23 at Houston, his TD coming from six yards out as he caught the ball short of goal-line and powered his way into the end zone ... Caught three-for-31 in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
He needs a “158.3” tattoo: Sanu just won’t come off the 158.3 career score that is the best possible for an NFL passer rating. He threw his fifth career pass on Nov. 30 of last season at Tampa Bay, taking a lateral from QB Andy Dalton and rifling an 11-yard bullet to A.J. Green on the Bengals’ first TD drive. It lifted his career numbers to five-for-five for 177 yards, with two TDs and no INTs. Sanu has never been below 158.3. Each of his five completions have left him with a perfect score. His TD passes have gone 73 yards to WR A.J. Green (in 2012) and 18 yards to QB Andy Dalton (in 2014).
He is the only Bengals WR to throw a TD pass, and he is the only player in
NFL history with two or more TD passes, 150 or more passing yards and zero incompletions.
More from previous seasons: 2012—Played in nine games (Games 1, 3-5 and 7-11) before being placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list, due to foot injury suffered in practice on Nov. 29 ... Totaled 16 receptions for 154 yards and four TDs and had a 73-yard TD pass ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, started game as “Wildcat” QB, faked a handoff, and then hit WR A.J. Green in stride for 73-yard TD pass on game’s first scrimmage play, ball traveling 50 yards in the air ... Completion to Green was longest by an NFL player on first career attempt since 2003 ... Four-for-47 receiving Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, with first career TD catch (10 yards), and also added a three-yard rush to convert a third down ... Had his only two-TD game Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, with scores on first-half throws of two and five yards ... First TD vs. Oakland came on impressive one-handed catch near end-zone sideline. 2013—Totaled 47 receptions for 455 yards and two TDs ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, led team with 68 receiving yards while tying for team lead in catches (four) ... Caught three-for-19 on Sept. 29 at Cleveland, and also drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Browns ... .. Caught two-for-11 Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, including a six-yard TD, and set up another TD by taking a lateral from Andy Dalton and passing 25 yards to HB Giovani Bernard ... Caught four-for-35 on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, with a seven-yard TD in third quarter ... Caught one-for-13 in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played three seasons (2009-11) at Rutgers, catching Big East-record 210 passes, for 2263 yards and 12 TDs ... Played in 38 games with 37 starts ... Passed for 207 yards with four TDs and no INTs during career, and rushed for 653 yards and nine scores .. Opted to enter draft after junior season ... Scorched defenses for 115 receptions in 2011, shattering Larry Fitzgerald’s Big East record of 92 for Pitt in ’03 ... Broke conference career receptions record of 207 set for Rutgers by former Bengal Brian Leonard (from 2003-06) ... As a senior, helped Scarlet Knights to 9-4 record with Pinstripe Bowl win over Iowa State ... His 16 receptions vs. Ohio in ’11 set a Big East single-game mark, and his 13 catches against both North Carolina and Army tied for second-most.
Personal: Hometown is South Brunswick, N.J. ... Attended South Brunswick High School, where he played S, WR and QB, and he also punted during each of his three varsity seasons ... High school retired his uniform number (2) in 2013 ... Because he turned 19 prior to his senior prep season, he was ineligible to play under state rules, and he was limited to practice work throughout the full 2008 campaign ... In 2007, he passed for 900 yards and rushed for 700 on offense, and he had 90 tackles with five INTs on defense as South Brunswick gained its first playoff berth in nearly 40 years ... Labor studies major at Rutgers ... Favorite hobby is playing FIFA soccer video game ... His parents are both natives of the West African nation of Sierra Leone ... Last name is pronounced “suh-NOO.”
When you pump up 429 yards on a night you don't have your Pro Bowl wide receiver, your Pro Bowl left tackle and your bell cow running back, an offensive coordinator has to have the pick of his favorite plays.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be 100 percent when he arrives next month at the Bengals offseason workouts as he comes back from the broken foot that wiped him out of the last month of his season.
James Urban, the Bengals Energizer Bunny of a wide receivers coach, loves being on the field this upcoming weekend at Indianapolis when he helps run the receiver drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who missed the last six games with a stress fracture in his left foot, says he's back running routes after being cleared in early February.