A 2013 fourth-round draft selection, Porter saw his rookie season derailed when he suffered torn labrum in training camp … Team captain who started 39 games over his last three seasons at Texas A&M.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Had one tackle in Aug. 8 preseason opener at Atlanta … Suffered torn labrum in practice Aug. 12, and placed Aug. 27 on Reserve/Injured list.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2013 NFL Draft (118th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-13-13.
COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “Sean is a guy who can really run and cover, and he’s going to continue to grow and develop. He has the potential to be an NFL body, an athleticism-type body similar to Thomas Howard when he was here. He’s going to be big enough and strong enough and also have the flexibility and speed to be very productive.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Texas A&M), seeing action in 52 games, with 41 starts ... Posted 261 tackles with 14.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles-for-loss. 2012—Started every game for 11-2 team that posted memorable upset win at unbeaten and top-ranked Alabama before later routing Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl ... In the 29-24 win at Alabama, had a 16-yard INT to set up a scoring drive and totaled seven tackles ... Closed A&M career with six tackles, including a seven-yard sack, in 41-13 Cotton Bowl win vs. Oklahoma ... Fifth on team for season in tackles (66), including 3.5 sacks ... Played in Senior Bowl. 2011—Posted career bests in sacks (9.5) and tackles (79) ... Led team in sacks and finished third in tackles ... Had five straight games with one or more sacks, including two each vs. Oklahoma State and Arkansas, and a sack-and-strip vs. Baylor ... Six tackles, an eight-yard sack and a pass defensed in Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Northwestern. 2010—Started every game as a sophomore for team that finished 9-4 with Cotton Bowl win over LSU ... Had seven tackles vs. Oklahoma, including two for losses, and added three passes defensed. 2009—One of seven true freshmen to play in every Aggies game ... Finished eighth on team in tackles (42).
COACH PAUL GUENTHER SAYS: “Sean is a good cover guy. As a junior, he took over Von Miller’s spot at outside linebacker in the 3-4 and had a bunch of sacks (9.5). Then they changed their scheme a little when he was a senior, so he has played various roles. He offers a lot as far as different roles he can play for us.”
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas, where he was a two-time first-team all-district selection in Class 4 ... Over his last two seasons, he totaled 296 tackles, 14.0 sacks and 26 tackles-for-loss.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Schertz, Texas ... Majored at Texas A&M in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences ... Enjoys basketball, golf and chess.
The Bengals began Saturday opting for in the fourth round for Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter, a guy they think might be able to back up all three spots at some point.