A Cincinnati-area native, he’s pegged for a pro switch to LB after playing in college FCS ranks as a down lineman ... Led Butler in sacks all four years, finishing his career ranked second all-time in school history with 35.5.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as a college free agent on 5-2-12.
COLLEGE: As senior, logged 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss, earning honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League recognition, and was voted by teammates as Defensive Lineman of the Year ... Four sacks and 10 TFLs as junior ... Second team all-conference as sophomore, recording 10 sacks and 11.5 TFLs ... As freshman, was named Butler’s Defensive MVP and was first-team all-conference, recording second-highest single-season sack total in school history (14) along with team-leading TFL total (18) ... Transferred to Butler from Robert Morris before freshman season.PERSONAL: Hometown is Liberty Township, Ohio ... Attended Lakota West High School, where he was first-team all-conference and all-county at DE ... Also earned prep All-America honors in lacrosse ... Earned several academic accolades at Butler — he was a second-team Academic All-American and a first-team Academic All-District V player in 2009, as well as a three-time all-conference academic.
There may be no periods in AJ McCarron’s first name, but he supplied Saturday night's exclamation points. The poise and enthusiasm the Bengals have raved about all preseason were all on display in a 21-10 pre-season win over the Bears. His 31-yard TD pass to Marvin Jones marked his first as a pro.
The next time we see them, they’ll be in the Black Hole in Oakland. And the Bengals’ first teamers dug themselves out of Monday night’s black hole in Tampa with a thorough exhibition on both sides of the ball in Saturday night’s 21-10 pre-season victory over the Bears at Paul Brown Stadium. "This is the team we think we are," said Andrew Whitworth.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said if it had been the regular season, he would have stayed in Saturday night’s game. But since it was the third pre-season game and his neck had just awkwardly turned under about two tons of humanity at the goal line on his fourth-and-one touchdown sneak, the Bengals gave him the rest of the night off in the 21-10 victory over the Bears.
Quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a neck injury Saturday night, apparently when he converted a fourth-and-one from the half-yard line to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Bears with 4:17 left in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on the way to Cincinnati’s 21-10 victory.