DiManche was the lone 2013 college free agent signee to make team’s season-opening roster, and ranks third on team in special teams tackles (eight) ... Made a key play Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, blocking a punt that was returned for a Bengals TD ... A linebacker who consistently wreaked havoc in offensive backfields in the FCS ranks, he logged 38.0 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks at Southern Illinois.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 1-12 and ranks third on team with eight special teams tackles ... Three tackles on defense … Recorded two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Played on defense for first time this season Oct. 27 vs. the Jets and recorded two tackles and two special teams tackles ... Blocked a Spencer Lanning punt in second quarter Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and S Tony Dye returned it 24 yards for a TD and 21-13 lead … On Dec. 1 at San Diego, teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a 75-yard punt at Chargers four-yard line.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Southern Illinois, with a redshirt year in 2008. 2012—Started all 11 games at linebacker en route to being a second team All-MVFC selection as a senior ... Recorded a tackle for loss in 10 different games and a sack in eight different games. 2011—Started 10 of 11 games as a junior and posted team’s second-most tackles for loss (10.5). 2010—As a sophomore, led team with 11.5 TFLs and earned Honorable Mention All-MVFC ... Named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high three sacks in a win over Western Illinois. 2009—Played in two games, with four tackles (one for-loss). 2008—Redshirted as true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended West High School in Hamilton. N.J., where he earned second-team all-state honors as a senior ... Won team’s defensive MVP and Hardest Hitter Awards ... Also a member of the basketball and track and field teams.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Hamilton, N.J. ... Earned degree from Southern Illinois in communications, with a minor in marketing ... Twice named to MVFC Academic Honor Roll. ... Served as summer intern in 2012 in media services office of Saluki Athletics ... Last name is pronounced “dih-MAHNCH.”
If the Bengals linebackers room at Paul Brown Stadium is the home of the unwanted, the unloved and the undrafted, then James Harrison is the Ugly Duckling who grew into the Swan that has gone to five Pro Bowls and won an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, all the while becoming "The Baddest Man In Football."
Cincinnati Bengals undrafted rookie linebacker Jayson DiManche waits to receive the phone call on whether he has made the team's 53-man roster.