A fifth-year NFL player for 2015, former Ohio State standout played in 10 games in ’14, including a start as a third WR on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis ... Caught nine-for-105 ... On Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, became only player in Bengals history with an offensive position designation to record an INT, snagging pass on a Steelers fake punt attempt ... Played 21 games for Chicago Bears from 2011-12, with 28 receptions for 283 yards and three TDs.
Career transactions: Signed with Chicago as college free agent on 7-26-11 ... Released by Bears on 12-23-12 ... Acquired on waivers by Cincinnati on 12-25-12 ... Re-signed with Bengals as restricted free agent on 4-8-14.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-7, 12 and 15-16 ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 8-9, 11 and 13-14, and active-DNP for Game 10 ... Not on active roster for Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis, having been moved to Reserve/Injured list due to concussion suffered Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Caught two-for-42 on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, with both going for first downs ... Caught four-for-40 on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, including 15-yard catch on third down leading to a Bengals opening-drive TD ... .Caught one-for-seven on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, and had an INT on a fake punt attempt in fourth quarter, returning six yards to Bengals 41.
Previous seasons: 2011—Played in every game as a Bears rookie, with 27 catches for 276 yards and three TDs ... Credited with one start, Sept. 25 vs. Green Bay ... Eight-yard TD catch in his second NFL game, Sept. 18 at New Orleans ... Came back the next week vs. Green Bay to get four-yard score ... Contributed to early onslaught in 39-10 rout of Minnesota on Oct. 16, with
13-yard TD catch in first quarter. 2012—Played in five games for Chicago (inactive for 10 games with Bears) ... Inactive for Cincinnati Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, his first game since joining Bengals roster ... Inactive for Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played for Bengals in Games 3-11 and 16 (one start) ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 1-2 and 12-15, and for
Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego ... Recorded six receptions for 61 yards ...
Had a one-handed 23-yard reception to convert a fourth-and-15 on Oct. 13 at Buffalo, the first Bengals fourth-down conversion of 15 or more yards since 1999 ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, his seven-yard reception to the Lions’ 44-yard line in the final minute helped move the ball into position for the game-winning FG at the final gun.
College: Was a four-year letter winner (2007-10) at Ohio State, with 49 games played and 28 starts ... Had 124 catches for 1879 yards and 19 TDs ... Ranked 10th all-time in OSU receiving yards ... Voted team captain and later team MVP as senior, when he had 55 catches for 948 yards and was first-team All-Big Ten, ranking second in conference with 11 TD catches ... Also had two rushing TDs ... Played on teams that posted 44-7 record, with trips to BCS National Championship plus Fiesta, Rose and Sugar bowls.
Personal: Hometown is Toledo, Ohio ... Attended Central Catholic High School, where he set records for receptions (151), receiving yards (2808) and all-purpose yards (4079) while twice earning City League player of the year ... First-team all-state as a junior and was also all-state in 400 meters ... Also played defensive back ... Enjoys playing piano and guitar ... Last name is pronounced “SAHNZ-en-bock-er.”
Bengals advanced to a 2-0 start, getting a win over the Falcons without A.J. Green for most of the game. Sanzenbacher spoke to the media about the mentality of the receivers going into preparation for the Titans.