A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Sands was on Bengals Reserve/Injured list for 2012 regular season, due to chest muscle injury ... On roster in 2011 for the full season and postseason, playing in one game and inactive for other contests ... Showed excellent athleticism for his imposing size in college career, and was named first-team 2010 All-American by The Sporting News.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2011 NFL Draft (134th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-11.
2012 RECAP: Played in two preseason games and recorded three tackles ... Placed Aug. 24 on Reserve/Injured list, due to chest injury suffered Aug. 16 at Atlanta.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in all four preseason games, logging 11 total tackles ... Made Bengals debut Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, on both defense and special teams (no statistics) ... Was inactive for the other 15 regular-season games and for the team’s Wild Card playoff.
COLLEGE: Played 39 games with 31 starts in three seasons (2008-10) at West Virginia, entering NFL draft after junior year ... Two-time first-team All-Big East selection, including a consensus selection as junior ... Totaled 151 tackles, six INTs, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 1.5 sacks ... As a junior, started all 13 games in helping WVU rank third in FBS in total defense (261.1 yards per game) and scoring defense (13.5) ... Named conference Defensive Player of the Week in his sophomore campaign, after performance in win over archrival Pittsburgh ... Five INTs as a sophomore tied for Big East lead and were the most in a season by a WVU defensive back since 1994.
PERSONAL: Born in Jacksonville, Fla., but grew up in Carol City, Fla., in Greater Miami ... Attended Carol City High School, where he earned second-team all-state honors as a senior ... Also excelled in track and field, finishing third in triple jump at the 2007 state meet ... Married (wife Mercedes), with a daughter, Taraya ... Hobbies include reading, listening to music, traveling and movies, as well as collecting athletic shoes ... General studies major at West Virginia, earning spot on Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll as a junior.