Third-year pro has returned to action in 2012, following sophomore season that was wiped out by Achilles injury suffered during first practice training camp ... Waived after ’12 training camp, then signed back to roster Sept. 14 following injury to LB Thomas Howard ... Productive on special teams as a rookie in 2010, ranking second in special teams tackles (12) ... Tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) in ’10, both on special teams.
2012 HIGHLIGHTS: Waived Aug. 31 after spending preseason with Bengals, then re-signed Sept. 14 following injury to LB Thomas Howard ... Has played in five games (Games 2-3 and 5-7), with a special teams tackle Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Inactive due to illness for Game 4.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2010 draft (131st overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-27-10.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Placed Sept. 3 on Reserve/Injured list after suffering an Achilles tendon rupture practice on 7-29-11 — the first practice of training camp … Missed all four preseason games due to the injury.
2010 - Played in 14 games (Games 2-7 and 9-16) … Inactive Sept. 12 at New England (coach's decision) and Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh (ankle injury) ... Made NFL debut Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, tying for club lead with two special teams tackles … Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay and also forced a Michael Spurlock fumble on kick return at Bucs 29, setting up a Bengals TD drive that gave Cincinnati a 21-14 lead … On Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, saw brief action on defense and played a key role in second-half stop of RB Peyton Hillis for no gain on third-and-one play from Bengals five-yard line, forcing Browns to settle for FG in fourth quarter … Also forced a fumble on special teams vs. Cleveland (Browns recovered).
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2006-09) at Texas, with a redshirt year in 2005 … A two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, he led team in tackles in each of his last two seasons, for clubs that posted a 25-2 record … Helped Texas lead nation in rush defense in 2009 … Career totals of 42 games and 30 starts … Logged 214 of his career 292 tackles in his last two seasons.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Hallsville, Texas ... Attended Hallsville High School, where he was a Class 4A all-state selection by Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association ... Earned degree from Texas in corporate communications ... Member of UT’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.