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Giovani Bernard
RB #25
Height:
5-9
Weight:
208
Age:
22
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Boca Raton, FL
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2013):

CAR
170
YDS
695
AVG
4.1
TDS
5
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 170 695 4.1 35 5 56 514 9.2 41 3 1 1
2013 CIN 16 0 170 695 4.1 35T 5 56 514 9.2 41 3 1 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @CHI L 21-24 4 22 5.5 7 0 1 8 8 8 0 -- --
2 PIT W 20-10 8 38 4.8 8 1 1 27 27 27 1 -- --
3 GB W 34-30 10 50 5 17 1 4 49 12.3 31 0 -- --
4 @CLE L 6-17 10 37 3.7 6 0 6 38 6.3 10 0 -- --
5 NE W 13-6 13 62 4.8 28 0 2 7 3.5 6 0 1 1
6 @BUF W 27-24 15 28 1.9 7 0 6 72 12 23 1 -- --
7 @DET W 27-24 7 27 3.9 7 0 5 32 6.4 8 0 -- --
8 NYJ W 49-9 5 18 3.6 5 0 1 9 9 9 0 -- --
9 @MIA L 20-22 9 79 8.8 35 2 4 25 6.3 10 0 -- --
10 @BAL L 17-20 14 58 4.1 18 0 8 37 4.6 18 1 -- --
11 CLE W 41-20 10 45 4.5 13 0 4 41 10.3 25 0 -- --
13 @SD W 17-10 14 57 4.1 19 0 1 9 9 9 0 -- --
14 IND W 42-28 12 99 8.3 20 0 4 49 12.3 22 0 -- --
15 @PIT L 20-30 13 33 2.5 7 1 2 13 6.5 8 0 -- --
16 MIN W 42-14 13 20 1.5 4 0 2 47 23.5 41 0 -- --
17 BAL W 34-17 13 22 1.7 7 0 5 51 10.2 27 0 -- --

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Bio

2013 GENERAL: Has played in Games 1-15, rushing 157-for-673 (4.3) with five TDs and catching 51-for-463 and three TDs ... Third on team in total TDs (eight) and second on team in receptions (49) and yards from scrimmage (1136) ... His current total of 463 receiving yards is already third-most in Bengals history for any running back, trailing only James Brooks’s totals of 686 in 1986 and 576 in 1985 ... With eight TDs, needs two more to score the most by a Cincinnati rookie since Corey Dillon scored 10 (all rushing) in 1997 … On pace for 1212 scrimmage yards, which would be high rookie total since 1997, when Dillon posted club record of 1388.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Rushed four-for-22 and had one reception for eight yards Sept. 8 at Chicago ... Rushed eight-for-38 with a TD and had one catch for a 27-yard TD Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... In Steelers game, became first Bengals rookie to score a rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989 … Led team in yards from scrimmage (99) Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, rushing 10-for-50 (5.0) with a TD and catching four-for-49 ... Led team in scrimmage yards (75) for second straight week Sept, 29 at Cleveland, rushing 10-for-37 with six-for-38 receiving ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England, rushing 13-for-62 with two-for-seven receiving ... Also vs. New England, had fumble (lost) in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing), scoring 20-yard TD on a shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in overtime ... Rushed seven-for-27 (3.9) and caught five-for-32 Oct. 20 at Detroit, with a key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning field goal ... Rushed five-for-18 (3.6) and caught one-for-nine Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Rushed nine-for-79 (8.8) with two TDs and caught four-for-25 Oct. 31 at Miami ... Scored TDs on a three-yard run and game-tying 35-yard run in which he appeared to be stopped in the backfield, but used speed and elusiveness to reverse field and eventually reach end zone ... Rushed 14-for-58 (4.1) and caught eight-for-37 on Nov. 10 at Baltimore, with an 18-yard TD on a screen pass ... Led team in scrimmage yards (86) Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, rushing 10-for-45 (4.5) and catching four-for-41 ... Receptions and receiving yardage total also led team in Cleveland game ... Rushed 14-for-57 (4.1) and caught one-for-nine Dec. 1 at San Diego ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for a team season-high 99 yards on 12 carries (8.3) and caught four-for-49, leading team in scrimmage yards with personal season high of 148 ... Rushed 13-for-33 (2.5) with a one-yard TD and caught two-for-13 Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, rushed 13-for-20 (1.5), and his two-for-47 receiving included another highlight-reel effort, a 41-yard gain on screen pass to Vikings seven.

The first running back selected in the 2013 Draft, Bernard has made an immediate impact on Bengals offense and is second on team in yards from scrimmage (1136) and tied for second in receptions (51) … A quick and instinctive runner and a smooth receiver ... Scored 31 TDs over his two seasons at North Carolina, and set school record for yards-per-rush at 5.9.

2013 GENERAL: Has played in Games 1-15, rushing 157-for-673 (4.3) with five TDs and catching 51-for-463 and three TDs ... Third on team in total TDs (eight) and second on team in receptions (49) and yards from scrimmage (1136) ... His current total of 463 receiving yards is already third-most in Bengals history for any running back, trailing only James Brooks’s totals of 686 in 1986 and 576 in 1985 ... With eight TDs, needs two more to score the most by a Cincinnati rookie since Corey Dillon scored 10 (all rushing) in 1997 … On pace for 1212 scrimmage yards, which would be high rookie total since 1997, when Dillon posted club record of 1388.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Rushed four-for-22 and had one reception for eight yards Sept. 8 at Chicago ... Rushed eight-for-38 with a TD and had one catch for a 27-yard TD Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... In Steelers game, became first Bengals rookie to score a rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989 … Led team in yards from scrimmage (99) Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, rushing 10-for-50 (5.0) with a TD and catching four-for-49 ... Led team in scrimmage yards (75) for second straight week Sept, 29 at Cleveland, rushing 10-for-37 with six-for-38 receiving ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England, rushing 13-for-62 with two-for-seven receiving ... Also vs. New England, had fumble (lost) in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 13 at Buffalo, had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing), scoring 20-yard TD on a shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in overtime ... Rushed seven-for-27 (3.9) and caught five-for-32 Oct. 20 at Detroit, with a key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning field goal ... Rushed five-for-18 (3.6) and caught one-for-nine Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... Rushed nine-for-79 (8.8) with two TDs and caught four-for-25 Oct. 31 at Miami ... Scored TDs on a three-yard run and game-tying 35-yard run in which he appeared to be stopped in the backfield, but used speed and elusiveness to reverse field and eventually reach end zone ... Rushed 14-for-58 (4.1) and caught eight-for-37 on Nov. 10 at Baltimore, with an 18-yard TD on a screen pass ... Led team in scrimmage yards (86) Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, rushing 10-for-45 (4.5) and catching four-for-41 ... Receptions and receiving yardage total also led team in Cleveland game ... Rushed 14-for-57 (4.1) and caught one-for-nine Dec. 1 at San Diego ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for a team season-high 99 yards on 12 carries (8.3) and caught four-for-49, leading team in scrimmage yards with personal season high of 148 ... Rushed 13-for-33 (2.5) with a one-yard TD and caught two-for-13 Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... On Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, rushed 13-for-20 (1.5), and his two-for-47 receiving included another highlight-reel effort, a 41-yard gain on screen pass to Vikings seven.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (37th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-13.

COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “Giovani is a dynamic guy, both running the football and catching it. We feel like he will add another great weapon to our offense. He was one of their hardest-working guys on the team, so he fits the mold of guys we like — not only good, but extremely hard-working.”

MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina, after taking a redshirt year in 2010 due to a knee injury ... Rushed for 2481 yards and added 852 more as a receiver (92 catches) ... First UNC player since Natrone Means in 1990-91 to produce back-to-back 1000-yard rushing seasons ... Consistent performer who averaged 107.9 rushing yards and 144.9 yards from scrimmage per game. 2012—Played in 10 games and scored 19 TDs — 12 rushing, five receiving and two on punt returns ... Rushed for 1228 yards with 6.7 average and added 490 receiving yards on 47 catches (10.4) ... Posted second-best season totals in school history for TDs, all-purpose yards (1981), points (114) and punt return average (16.4) ... First-team All-ACC selection and finished second in voting for ACC Player of the Year ... Rushed for 135-plus yards in consecutive games vs. Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Duke and North Carolina State. 2011—His 1253 rushing yards set a school freshman record and ranked third among all Tar Heel seasons ... Joined Amos Lawrence (1977) as the only freshman tailbacks in UNC history to earn first-team All-ACC honors ... Set a UNC freshman record with seven 100-yard rushing games. 2010—Suffered a knee injury in fall camp and sat out his true freshman year as a redshirt.

BERNARD ON BERNARD: “I pride myself on being a well-rounded running back — a player that, wherever he needs to be, that’s where he’s going to be. You can put me in any type of situation, plug me in any type of offense, and I’ll execute. I’m a smart guy — a guy who’s going to hit the playbook and understand what he has to do. And I’m a guy who’s going to accept his role, whatever that is.”

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was rated Florida’s No. 2 RB by Orlando Sun-Sentinel ... Helped guide Raiders to consecutive Class 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior ... Averaged 9.6 yards per carry as a junior (160-for-1528) and scored 18 TDs ... Did not win state title as a senior, but team went 13-1.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Boca Raton, Fla. ... Exercise and Sport Science major at North Carolina ... Older brother, Yvenson, was an All Pac-10 tailback at Oregon State and played in CFL ... Son of Haitian immigrants who established dry cleaning business in Boca Raton ... In 2011, when he made successful comeback from serious 2010 knee injury (ACL tear), he won Atlantic Coast Conference’s Brian Piccolo Award, for player displaying most courage ... First name is pronounced “jee-o-VAHN-ee.”

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