Iloka in 2015 played his third season as Bengals’ starting SS ... Logged 47 tackles and one INT, with four total passes defensed ... Made three key plays in win Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis ... Had a fumble recovery in Wild Card playoff ... Tied for second on team in 2014 with three INTs, and ranked fourth in tackles (74) and fourth in passes defensed (10) ... Lanky performer with top-level range and speed.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2012 NFL Draft (167th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-10-12.
2015 highlights: Played and started 12 games (Games 1-3, 5-11, 13 and 16) at SS ... Missed Game 4 due to ankle injury and Games 12 and 14-15 (groin) ... Two tackles on Sept. 13 at Oakland, but missed second half due to ankle injury ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, logged four tackles, a QB hit, and a pass defensed ... Led team in tackles with eight (personal season high) on Nov. 16 vs. Houston ... On Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, intercepted a Nick Foles deep pass at Bengals 18 in fourth quarter, and his pass break-up in second quarter enabled an INT by S Reggie Nelson ... Also vs. Rams, stopped RB Todd Gurley for three-yard loss on third down on first St. Louis possession, forcing a punt ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, recovered a Markus Wheaton fumble at Bengals 47 in second quarter.
Previous seasons: 2012—Rookie played in seven games (Games 1-4, 7 and 9-10) and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for remaining contests ... Had two special teams tackles in regular season, both on Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland. 2013—Started Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff at SS ... Had one INT, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and eight passes defensed ... Made first career start Sept. 8 at Chicago, logging four tackles ... Had big stop in win Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, forcing a punt by stopping RB Isaac Redman for one-yard on third-and-two play ... On Sept. 29 at Cleveland, tied for secondary lead with six tackles and led team in passes defensed (two) ... Three tackles Oct. 6 vs. New England, and forced an Aaron Dobson fumble (Patriots recovered) ... On Dec. 1 at San Diego, recovered an Antonio Gates fumble at Bengals 18 on game’s opening drive, and he forced a Keenan Allen fumble that Bengals recovered in fourth quarter ... Had first career INT Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, catching deflected ball while lying on turf at Bengals’ 25 following mid-air battle for pass. 2014—Started at SS in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff ... Had 74 tackles in regular season (fourth on team), three INTs (tied for second on team) and 10 passes defensed (fourth on team) ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, intercepted two Matt Ryan passes, with 42 return yards, and also had a tackle and an additional pass defensed ... Led team with eight tackles Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and had a pass defensed that led to an INT by DE Robert Geathers ... Tied for team lead with nine tackles on Oct. 5 at New England ... On Oct. 26 at Baltimore, his coverage of Steve Smith Jr. led to key offensive pass interference penalty in final minute, preserving Cincinnati win ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, his end-zone INT against Blake Bortles helped seal victory in fourth quarter, ending a Jaguars drive that had reached Cincinnati 14-yard line ... Led secondary and tied for team lead with seven tackles (two for-loss) on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh.
College: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Boise State, seeing action in all 53 possible games and starting every game his last three seasons ... Broncos went 50-3 in his four seasons, and from 2008-11, they finished with AP national rankings of No. 11, No. 4, No. 10 and No. 8 ... Started 11 games at FS and two at CB as senior in 2011 as BSU posted 12-1 record, outscoring foes by an average of 44-19 ... Earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors from league coaches as a senior and closed career with berth in Senior Bowl ... In 2008, was youngest player in the WAC at 17, and played in every game with five starts for team that went 12-0 before losing to TCU in Poinsettia Bowl.
Personal: Hometown is Houston, Texas ... Attended Kempner High School, where he was an all-league selection and team captain as a senior ... Played primarily WR as a prep junior ... General studies major at Boise State ... Enjoys dining out, movies and internet shopping ... Last name is pronounced “ie(rhymes with ‘tie’)-LO-kuh.”
If you're looking for a depth-chart-diamond-in-the-rough-upstart-underdog, check out George Iloka's bid for not only the 53-man roster but the starting job opposite Reggie Nelson.