Tall, tough and versatile, the 2012 third-round draft pick played in nine games, increasing his contribution as the season progressed, but was placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list due to foot injury suffered in practice on Nov. 29 ... Ended season with four TD receptions, and threw 73-yard TD pass to A.J. Green at Washington after taking direct snap in Wildcat formation ... A starter in his last two games before suffering foot injury.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-11-12.
2012 GENERAL: Played Games 1, 3-5 and 7-11, before being placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list (foot) ... Active-DNP for Game 2 ... Inactive for Game 6 ... Started Games 10-11 ... Totaled 16 receptions for 154 yards and four TDs, five rushes for 15 yards, and had a 73-yard TD pass ... Also contributed on special teams, with two tackles.
2012 GAME-BY-GAME: 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 ... Pass to Green was longest by an NFL player on first career attempt since 2003, when Pittsburgh P Josh Miller completed 81-yarder ... Two-for-29 receiving Dec. 4 vs. Denver, including a 34-yarder ... 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 .. Also vs. Giants, tied for lead in special teams tackles (two) ... On Nov. 18 at Kansas City, his two-for-22 receiving included a 14-yard TD in fourth quarter that was final score of Cincinnati's 28-6 victory ... Led team with five receptions (for 29 yards) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, scoring on first-half throws of two and five yards that extended Bengals lead to 21-0, and his first TD came on impressive one-handed catch near end-zone sideline ... Played in all four preseason games and led team in receptions (12), while finishing second in receiving yards (105), with one TD.
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 his career, and rushed for 653 yards and nine scores ... Opted to enter draft after his junior season ... Scorched defenses for 115 receptions in ’11, shattering Larry Fitzgerald’s Big East record of 92 for Pitt in 2003 ... Broke conference career receptions record of 207 set for Rutgers by Bengals teammate 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 2011 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 ... Because he turned 19 prior to his senior 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 ... His parents are both natives of the West African nation of Sierra Leone ... Last name is pronounced “suh-NOO.”
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.
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