Played four seasons (2008-11) at Colorado, logging 6183 yards total offense (fourth-most in school history) ... Played in 33 games with 21 starts.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 5-2-12.
COLLEGE: Career passing totals of 505-for-872 (57.9 percent) for 5705 yards, 35 TDs and 28 INTs ... Also had eight career rushing TDs ... Had a 5.59-yard average per true carry (not including sacks), which ranked third-best in school history for a QB ... Earned No. 1 QB spot midway through sophomore season ... As a senior, passed for 2883 yards (second-most in school history) on 231-of-412 passing (56.0 percent), with 20 TDs and 11 INTs, and rushed for three TDs ... Had at least one TD pass in all 12 games as a senior ... Set or tied 11 school records (game or season) as a senior ... Named by Colorado’s coaching staff as the co-recipient of the John Mack Award as 2011 team’s most outstanding offensive player ... Caught a 14-yard TD from RB Rodney Stewart in 2011 win over Arizona ... Started first seven games as a junior, before season was ended by a ruptured spleen suffered against Texas Tech.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Murrieta, Calif. ... Attended Chaparral High School, where as a senior, he was Southwestern League Player of the Year and school’s Athlete of the Year ... Also lettered twice in prep baseball and once in prep track ... Communications major at Colorado.
The Bengals’ Mike Nugent is halfway to his goal of kicking 20 years in the NFL. Which means if he makes it, half his career will come dealing with extra points that weren’t as automatic as they were during his first 10 seasons.
The spine of the Bengals locker room still runs through Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko. But young leaders like Jeremy Hill (above) and Giovani Bernard are emerging.
The addition of four rookie tight ends means, for the moment, the Bengals can let Ryan Hewitt continue to develop into what some in the building already see as potentially the NFL's best fullback.