Rookie third-round draft choice played in seven games in 2014, logging three tackles and a fumble recovery ... Is a promising prospect who fits the size mold of recent Bengals DEs Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson ... Was successful both at DE and at DT during his West Virginia career ... Only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for excellence in the weight room.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2014 NFL Draft (88th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-27-14.
2014 recap: Played in seven games (Games 3 and 10-15) ... Inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 1-2 and 4-9, and active-DNP for Game 16 ... Made NFL debut on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee (no statistics) ... Had one tackle on Nov. 16 at New Orleans, and recovered fumble by RB Travaris Cadet at Bengals 33 in fourth quarter ... One tackle on Nov. 23 at Houston ... One tackle on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Played in all four preseason games and logged nine tackles, including one sack.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at West Virginia, with a redshirt year in 2009 ... A starter in his last three seasons, he closed career with 41 games played and 34 starts ... Made 22 starts at DE before starting 12 at DT as senior ... Totaled 110 tackles, with 9.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles-for-loss, and had seven passes defensed.
Personal: Hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Played TE and OLB at Taylor Allerdice High School in Pittsburgh, twice earning All-City honors on both offense and defense from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ... Also excelled in prep basketball, averaging 16.0 points per game for a 20-6 team as a senior ... A criminology major at West Virginia, he was named to WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Defensive end Will Clarke the former West Virginia standout caught the eyes of his teammates by arriving with nearly 20 pounds of added muscle.