Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2013 NFL Draft (37th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-13 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 6-8-16.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, rushing 25-for-72 and catching 19-for-165 with a TD ... Averaged 5.0 per rush (5-25) on Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, and also caught two-for-five ... On Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, had career-best nine receptions for 100 yards, with a 25-yard TD catch, and also rushed five-for-17 ... Second on team in receptions (five) and receiving yards (36) on Sept. 25 vs. Denver, also rushing five-for-eight ... Rushed 10-for-18 and caught three-for-24 Sept. 28 vs. Miami.
Previous seasons: 2013—Rookie’s 1209 yards from scrimmage ranked second on team, behind WR A.J. Green, and his total was second-most in Bengals history by a rookie, behind only 1388 by HB Corey Dillon in 1997 ... Rushed for 4.1-yard average (170-695), and his 56 receptions (second on team) set a Bengals record for a RB, breaking James Brooks’ record of 55 in 1985 ... His 514 receiving yards were third-most for any Bengals RB ... Scored eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) ... Led team in offensive touches (226), and selected to All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association ... On Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh, became first Bengals rookie to score rushing and receiving TD in same game since FB Craig Taylor in 1989 ... Led team in yards from scrimmage (69) for third consecutive week Oct. 6 vs. New England ... Had 100 scrimmage yards (72 receiving and 28 rushing) Oct. 13 at Buffalo, scoring 20-yard TD on shovel pass in second quarter and adding key 23-yard receiving gain in OT ... On Oct. 20 at Detroit, had key eight-yard reception as time was ticking down to set up game-winning FG ... On Oct. 31 at Miami, scored two TDs, including 35-yard highlight reel effort on which he appeared to be stopped for a loss but reversed field and slipped multiple tackles en route to end zone ... On Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis, rushed for 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 ... His two-for-47 receiving Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota included another highlight-reel effort — 41 yards on a screen pass to Vikings’ seven ... Logged 118 scrimmage yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego (12-45 rushing and 7-73 receiving). 2014—Contributed 1029 scrimmage yards despite missing Games 8-10 due to hip and clavicle injuries ... Ranked third in scrimmage yards and second in TDs (seven) ... Tallied career-best 169 yards from scrimmage (team high for the season) Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, rushing 27-for-90, with a four-yard TD, and catching a team-high five-for-79 ... Two one-yard TD runs Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee ... On Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, had 18 rushes for a career-high 137 yards (7.6), with an 89-yard TD, second-longest rush in Bengals history ... Logged 103 scrimmage yards Dec. 14 at Cleveland, rushing 15-for-79 (5.3), and caught three-for-24, including key 14-yard reception to Browns five on a third-down play on opening TD drive ... Rushed eight-for-36 (4.5) and caught five-for-45 with a TD in Dec. 22 vs. Denver, his TD coming on a 22-yard catch-and-run to extend the Bengals lead to 27-14 in third quarter ... Led team in scrimmage yards (52) in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis. 2015—Played in Games 1-16, with one start, and also played in Wild Card playoff ... Finished regular season 154-for-730 rushing (4.7 average), with two TDs, and also had 49 receptions for 472 yards (9.6) ... Key performer in win Sept. 20 vs San Diego, rushing 20-for-123 (6.2) and adding three receptions for 16 yards ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, his 23-yard run through traffic with a dump-off pass helped key winning TD drive ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, led team in rushing yards (62) for third straight week and scored his first TD of the year on 13-yard run in first quarter ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, led team in rushing (15-80) and yards from scrimmage (101), including a 13-yard run that put Cincinnati in range for the winning FG in overtime ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, averaged 6.3 yards per rush (eight-for-50), including a 17-yard TD that put Bengals ahead 14-7 in second quarter ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, averaged 5.5 yards per rush (13-for-72), also caught one pass for 14 yards ... On Nov. 16 vs. Houston, led team in yards from scrimmage (79), including eight-for-36 rushing and five-for-43 receiving ... His 128 receiving yards Nov. 22 at Arizona set team record for a RB in a game, surpassing 119 by Brandon Bennett in 1998 at Pittsburgh ... Averaged 6.0 yards per rush (six-for-36) and had one catch for 12 yards on Jan. 3 win vs. Baltimore ... Rushed six-for-28 (4.7) and had two catches for two yards in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh.
College: Played two seasons (2011-12) at North Carolina, after taking a redshirt year in ’10 due to knee injury ... Scored 31 TDs over his two campaigns and set school record for yards-per-rush (5.9) ... 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 (1253 and 1228) ... Consistent performer who averaged 107.9 rushing yards and 144.9 yards from scrimmage per game ... Scored 19 TDs in his 10 games in 2012, including two on punt returns, and finished second in voting for ACC Player of the Year ... In 2011, joined Amos Lawrence (1977) as only freshman tailbacks in UNC history to earn first-team All-ACC.
Personal: Hometown is Boca Raton, Fla. ... Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was rated the No. 2 RB in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, helping guide Raiders to consecutive Class 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior, followed by a 13-1 season as a senior ... 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 a dry cleaning business in Boca Raton ... Has made trips to Haiti during offseasons for community work activities ... 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 ... Has established the RunGio foundation to aid youth in need ... Hobbies include watching Netflix ... First name is pronounced “jee-o-VAHN-ee.”
Packers running back Eddie Lacy may have won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Bengals running back Giovani Bernard got a consolation pat on the back from a Hall of Famer.
After Giovani Bernard's career game charged the Bengals 42-21 victory over the Colts on Sunday, these were the two names buzzing around the Rookie of the Year candidate: James Brooks and Ray Rice.
Both Bennie and The Jet stood tall in Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Patriots at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium.