A fifth-year NFL player for 2014, Mays has played in all 12 games, after suffering a season-ending shoulder dislocation in Game 8 of ’13 ... Tied for fifth on team with five special teams tackles ... Blocked a punt for a safety in win vs. Jacksonville … Powerful hitter, formerly a second-round draft pick by San Francisco ... Saw action in 2012 on defense and special teams, with three starts at SS ... Acquired by Cincinnati in a 2011 preseason trade.
Career transactions: Selected by San Francisco in second round of 2010 NFL Draft (49th overall) ... Signed with 49ers on 7-30-10 ... Traded by 49ers to Cincinnati on 8-23-11 for Bengals’ seventh-round pick of 2013 NFL Draft ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-17-14.
2014 highlights: Has played in Games 1-13 and has five special teams tackles (tied for fifth on team) and a blocked punt ...Has seen brief action on defense (no statistics) … Led team with two special teams tackles on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Led team with two special teams tackles on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, blocked a Bryan Anger punt which when out of bounds in the end zone for a Bengals safety ... Had a special teams tackle on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay.
Previous seasons: 2010—Played in every game for San Francisco and started Games 4-9 ... Logged 31 tackles ... Made first start Oct. 3 at Atlanta, recovering punt blocked by WR Dominique Zeigler for a TD, and also logged season-high 11 tackles (nine solo) ... TD vs. Falcons was 49ers’ first on a blocked punt recovery since 1987 ... Forced a fumble in win Oct. 17 vs. Oakland. 2011—Played for Bengals in Games 6-15 ... Inactive for Games 1-4, due in part to knee injury suffered in preseason finale, and active-DNP in Game 5 ... Inactive for Game 16 and for Wild Card playoff due to hamstring injury ... Totaled six tackles on defense and eight on special teams ... In Bengals debut Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, had a key block on Brandon Tate’s 33-yard punt return that set up a TD ... On Oct. 30 at Seattle, tied for team lead with two special teams tackles ... Saw his most playing time of season Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, logging three tackles on defense and one on special teams. 2012—Played in all 16 games, with three starts, and played in Wild Card playoff ... Logged 21 tackles on defense and five on special teams, and also had a fumble recovery on special teams ... Tied for team lead in special teams tackles (two) on Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Four tackles on Sept. 30 at Jacksonville ... Two tackles Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... One tackle on defense Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, as well as one on special teams ... Three tackles on Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... Tied for special teams lead with two tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, recovered muffed kickoff at Eagles 33 in fourth quarter, setting up a TD drive ... Five tackles on Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... One tackle in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played in Games 1-8 (one start), recording 21 tackles, two passes defensed, two special teams tackles and a special teams fumble recovery ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list on Oct. 30, due to shoulder injury on Oct. 27 vs. Jets ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, had two tackles on defense and recovered a muffed kickoff return by Jeremy Ross at Packers two in first quarter, setting up a TD for 14-0 Cincinnati lead ... . Started at FS in place of Injured Reggie Nelson on Sept. 29 at Cleveland and recorded four tackles, including third-down stop of RB Chris Ogbonnaya that forced a punt ... Two tackles Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Two tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Season-high five tackles and two passes defensed Oct. 20 at Detroit.
College: Played in 51 games with 50 starts at USC from 2007-10 ... As a senior, led team with 96 tackles (second in Pac-10) and earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp Foundation and second-team honors from Associated Press ... Earned multiple first-team All-America honors as junior when USC led nation in pass defense (134.4 yards per game) ... Named Defensive Freshman of the Year by College Football News in 2007.
Personal: Hometown is Seattle, Wash. ... Attended O’Dea High School, where he earned first-team All-America honors from Parade and USA Today as a senior ... Also ran track in high school, and was a two-time Class 3A state champion in 100 meters and 200 meters ... Enjoys playing the harmonica ... Father, Stafford Mays, played defensive line in NFL for St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings.