Powerful safety acquired by Cincinnati in a 2011 preseason trade ... Saw action in 2012 on defense and on special teams, with three starts at SS ... Played in 10 games in 2011 ... Had six starts at safety with 49ers as a rookie in 2010, and had 31 tackles, a forced fumble, and a TD on a blocked punt recovery.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by San Francisco in second round of 2010 NFL Draft (49th overall) ... Signed with 49ers on 7-30-10 ... Acquired by Cincinnati on 8-23-11 in trade with San Francisco (49ers acquired Cincinnati’s seventh-round draft pick for 2013).
2012 RECAP: Played in all 16 games, with three starts, and played in Wild Card playoff ... Logged 21 tackles on defense and five on special teams, and also had a fumble recovery on special teams ... Tied for team lead in special teams tackles (two) Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Four tackles Sept. 30 at Jacksonville ... Two tackles Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... One tackle on defense Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, as well as one on special teams ... Three tackles Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... Tied for special teams lead with two tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, recovered muffed kickoff at Eagles 33 in fourth quarter, setting up a TD drive ... Five tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... One tackle in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010—Played in every game for San Francisco and started Games 4-9 ... Logged 31 tackles ... Made first start Oct. 3 at Atlanta, recovering punt blocked by WR Dominique Zeigler for a TD, and also logged season-high 11 tackles (nine solo) ... TD vs. Falcons was San Francisco's first on a blocked punt recovery since 1987 ... Forced a fumble in win Oct. 17 vs. Oakland ... Six tackles and a pass defensed Oct. 24 at Carolina.
2011—Played for Bengals in Games 6-15 ... Inactive for Games 1-4, due in part to knee injury suffered in preseason finale, and active-DNP in Game 5 ... Inactive for Game 16 and for Wild Card playoff due to hamstring injury ... Totaled six tackles on defense and eight on special teams ... One special teams tackle in Bengals debut Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, and also had a key block on Brandon Tate’s 33-yard punt return that set up a TD ... On Oct. 30 at Seattle, tied for team lead with two special teams tackles ... Saw his most playing time of season Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, logging three tackles on defense and one on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played in 51 games with 50 starts at USC from 2007-10 ... As a senior, led team with 96 tackles (second in Pac-10) and earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp Foundation and second-team honors from Associated Press ... Earned multiple first-team All-America honors as junior when USC led nation in pass defense (134.4 yards per game) ... Named Defensive Freshman of the Year by College Football News in 2007.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Seattle, Wash. ... Attended O’Dea High School, where he earned first-team All-America honors from Parade and USA Today as a senior ... Also ran track in high school, and was a two-time Class 3A state champion in 100 meters and 200 meters ... Father, Stafford Mays, played defensive line in NFL for St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings.