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Mohamed Sanu
WR #12
Height:
6-2
Weight:
210
Age:
25
College:
Rutgers
Hometown:
South Brunswick, NJ
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
49
YDS
719
AVG
14.7
TDS
5
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 112 1,328 11.9 76 11 14 72 5.1 26 0 1 1
2014 CIN 11 10 49 719 14.7 76T 5 5 41 8.2 26 0 -- --
2013 CIN 16 14 47 455 9.7 32 2 4 16 4 9 0 1 1
2012 CIN 9 3 16 154 9.6 34 4 5 15 3 7 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @BAL W 23-16 4 36 9 13 0 1 4 4 4 0 -- --
2 ATL W 24-10 3 84 28 76 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 TEN W 33-7 5 44 8.8 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @NE L 17-43 5 70 14 37 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 CAR L 37-37 10 120 12 34 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @IND L 0-27 3 54 18 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 BAL W 27-24 5 125 25 53 0 2 27 13.5 26 0 -- --
9 JAC W 33-23 4 95 23.8 36 1 1 9 9 9 0 -- --
10 CLE L 3-24 2 20 10 18 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @NO W 27-10 3 23 7.7 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @HOU W 22-13 5 48 9.6 12 1 1 1 1 1 0 -- --

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Bio

      A third-year NFL player for 2014, Sanu has been a consistent contributor and has started 2014 with a splash … Leads team in receptions (44) and receiving yards (671), and is tied for team lead with four receiving TDs through Week 11 ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, had a 76-yard TD reception and completed a 50-yard pass  … On Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Andy Dalton, first TD pass ever thrown by a Bengals WR ... Set then-career highs with 10 catches and 120 yards on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... Re-set his career high with 125 receiving yards on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Has alternated with Marvin Jones in team’s No. 2 WR role, behind A.J. Green, and has claimed No. 2 spot due to Jones being out with injuries.

      A third-year NFL player for 2014, Sanu has been a consistent contributor and has started 2014 with a splash … Leads team in receptions (44) and receiving yards (671), and is tied for team lead with four receiving TDs through Week 11 ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, had a 76-yard TD reception and completed a 50-yard pass  … On Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, tossed an 18-yard TD pass to Andy Dalton, first TD pass ever thrown by a Bengals WR ... Set then-career highs with 10 catches and 120 yards on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina ... Re-set his career high with 125 receiving yards on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore ... Has alternated with Marvin Jones in team’s No. 2 WR role, behind A.J. Green, and has claimed No. 2 spot due to Jones being out with injuries.

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-11-12.

     He throws it, too: Sanu does not just catch passes, he occasionally throws them, and he has displayed the ability to throw like a true quarterback. On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, his 50-yard completion to WR Brandon Tate was a beauty shot in terms of arc, spiral and accuracy, and it kept his career passer rating at the maximum possible score of 158.3. He maintained his perfect passer rating the following game Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, as he connected with QB Andy Dalton for an 18-yard TD pass, the first TD pass thrown by a Bengals WR. Sanu had a 25-yard completion to HB Giovani Bernard last season, and in 2012, he hooked up with WR A.J. Green for a 73-yard TD. When QB Andy Dalton was asked if he has ever advised Sanu on throwing mechanics or release point, Dalton said, “Absolutely not. He doesn’t even warm up. You just get him the ball and let him throw.” Sanu’ career NFL pass rating is the highest possible at 158.3 (four-for-four for 166-2-0). Sanu is the only player in NFL history with two or more TD passes, 150 or more passing yards and zero incompletions.

     More 2014 highlights: Has played in Games 1-10 (nine starts) and has caught 44-for-671 with four TDs, and is two-for-two passing for 68 yards and a TD ... Has rushed four-for-40 ... Caught three-for-26, plus a two-point conversion, on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Caught three-for-84, including a 76-yard TD on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and also completed a 50-yard pass to Brandon Tate, becoming first NFL player  since New England’s David Patten in 2001 to log a reception of 75-plus yards and a completion of 50-plus in the same game ... Caught five-for-44 on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee and completed his lone pass attempt for 18 yards to Andy Dalton for a TD ... Set career high for catches (10), with then-career-high of 120  yards, on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, including a 34-yard TD, winning a contested ball from Panthers CB Melvin White, to tie the score early in the fourth quarter ... Led team in scrimmage yards on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, catching three-for-54 ... Had five catches for a career-high 125 yards on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, with receptions of 48 yards on one TD drive and 53 yards on another … His 53-yarder vs. Baltimore came on a third-and-10 play on game-winning fourth-quarter drive, and he also rushed two-for-27 vs. Ravens ... Caught four-for-95 with a TD on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, including a 19-yard TD ... Caught three-for-23 on Nov. 16 at New Orleans.

    Previous seasons: 2012—Played Games 1, 3-5 and 7-11, before being placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list, due to foot injury suffered in practice on Nov. 29 ... Totaled 16 receptions for 154 yards and four TDs, five rushes for 15 yards, and had a 73-yard TD pass ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, started game as “Wildcat” QB, faked a handoff, and then hit WR A.J. Green in stride for 73-yard TD pass on game’s first scrimmage play, ball traveling 50 yards in the air ... Pass to Green was longest by an NFL player on first career attempt since 2003, when Pittsburgh P Josh Miller completed 81-yarder ... Four-for-47 receiving Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, with first career TD catch (10 yards), and also added a three-yard rush to convert a third down ... On Nov. 18 at Kansas City, his two-for-22 receiving included a 14-yard TD in fourth quarter that was final score of the Bengals’ 28-6 victory ... Led the team with five receptions (for 29 yards) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, scoring on first-half throws of two and five yards that extended Bengals lead to 21-0, and his first TD came on impressive one-handed catch near end-zone sideline. 2013—Totaled 47 receptions for 455 yards and two TDs ... Also had a 25-yard pass completion and four rushes for 16 yards ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, led team with 68 receiving yards (career-high) while tying for team lead in catches (four) ... Caught three-for-19 on Sept. 29 at Cleveland, and also drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Browns ... Caught five-for-44 Oct. 13 at Buffalo, with four of five receptions going for first downs ... Had career-best six receptions Oct. 31 at Miami, going for 62 yards ... Caught two-for-11 Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, including a six-yard TD, and set up another TD by taking a lateral from Andy Dalton and passing 25 yards to HB Giovani Bernard, to the Browns nine ... Caught two-for-26 on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Caught three-for-20 on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Caught four-for-35 on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, with a seven-yard TD in third quarter ... Caught one-for-13 in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.

    College: Played three seasons (2009-11) at Rutgers, catching Big East-record 210 passes, for 2263 yards and 12 TDs ... Played in 38 games with 37 starts ... Passed for 207 yards with four TDs and no INTs during career, and rushed for 653 yards and nine scores .. Opted to enter draft after junior season ... Scorched defenses for 115 receptions in 2011, shattering Larry Fitzgerald’s Big East record of 92 for Pitt in ’03 ... Broke conference career receptions record of 207 set for Rutgers by former Bengal Brian Leonard (from 2003-06) ... As a senior, helped Scarlet Knights to 9-4 record with Pinstripe Bowl win over Iowa State ... His 16 receptions vs. Ohio in ’11 set a Big East single-game mark, and his 13 catches against both North Carolina and Army tied for second-most.

    Personal: Hometown is South Brunswick, N.J. ... Attended South Brunswick High School, where he played S, WR and QB, and he also punted during each of his three varsity seasons ... High school retired his uniform number (2) in 2013 ... Because he turned 19 prior to his senior prep season, he was ineligible to play under state rules, and he was limited to practice work throughout the full 2008 campaign ... In 2007, he passed for 900 yards and rushed for 700 on offense, and he had 90 tackles with five INTs on defense as South Brunswick gained its first playoff berth in nearly 40 years ... Labor studies major at Rutgers ... Favorite hobby is playing FIFA soccer video game ... His parents are both natives of the West African nation of Sierra Leone ... Last name is pronounced “suh-NOO.”

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