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Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins
Atkins before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.
No. 97     Cincinnati Bengals
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-03-28) March 28, 1988
Place of birth: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Aquinas
Georgia
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Debuted in 2010 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2014
Tackles 161
Quarterback sacks 31.0
Interceptions 0
Forced fumbles 7
Stats at NFL.com

Gene Renard Atkins Jr. (born March 28, 1988) is an 2010 NFL Draft.

Early years

Atkins was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida on March 28, 1988. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale helped the school be the Class 5A runner-ups in both 2004 and 2005. As a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas in 2004, Atkins had 70 tackles (12 resulted in lost yardage), one interception, and four fumble recoveries. In 2005, during his senior season, he had 117 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Following the season, he was named first-team all-county by the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald, first-team Class 5A in the state of Florida and was also named Florida Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year. Coming out of high school he was rated as the 24th best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com and 41st best by Scout.com.[1]

In track & field, Atkins was one of the state's top performers in the throwing events. In the discus, he got a PR of 48.35 meters at the 2006 FHSAA 3A Region 4, placing 2nd in the finals.[2] At the 2006 FHSAA 3A-4A Outdoor State Finals, he tied for 1st place in the shot put event, recording a top-throw of 18.01 meters.[3]

College career

Atkins enrolled in the [1]

In 2007, Atkins saw significant playing time as a backup behind Marcus Howard said of Atkins' antics during the press conference, "He was like acting like a groupie. All of us gave him grief for that."[13] Despite getting Brennan's autograph before the game, Atkins sacked him in the fourth quarter, forcing him out of the game.[14]

Two games into the 2008 season, Atkins already had eight tackles and nine quarterback hurries.[15] After the defense as a whole sacked Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida six times, Atkins said, "I think we rattled Tim Tebow and the offense. We wanted to pressure him. No one really works that well under pressure, not even the greatest quarterbacks. You put a little pressure on them, they're bound to flinch."[16] On November 14 against Auburn, Atkins came in on offense and was the lead blocker for Matthew Stafford on a quarterback sneak.[17] In the Capital One Bowl on January 2, 2009, against Michigan State, Atkins had one tackle and two quarterback hurries.[18]

In 2009, Atkins was listed at No. 5 on Rivals.com′s preseason defensive tackle power ranking.[19] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[20] In his three years after his freshman season, Atkins racked up 33 sacks, including 15 as a sophomore and 10.5 as a senior.[21]

Professional career

2010 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1⅜ in 293 lb 4.75 s 1.64 s 2.68 s 4.43 s 7.33 s 33 in 9 ft 9 in 34 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cincinnati Bengals

Atkins was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (120th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

In his second season, Atkins became a full-time starter and led the team in sacks with 7.5, assisting the team to a 9-7 record and a playoff appearance. In the 2011 season he was tied for amount of sacks for a defensive tackle with Oakland's Tommy Kelly. Atkins was named to his first Pro Bowl in his second season as a starter after Vince Wilfork withdrew to participate in the Super Bowl.

In 2012, Atkins recorded 53 tackles, forced 4 fumbles, set a franchise record with 12.5 sacks, and was selected at a starter in the pro bowl as the Bengals made the playoffs for the second consecutive year. After an outstanding 2012, Geno Atkins is now regarded as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.

On September 2, 2013, Atkins agreed to a five-year, $55 million extension with the Bengals.[22] On October 31, 2013, Atkins tore his ACL in a game against the Miami Dolphins, and missed the rest of the season.[23]

Personal

During his freshman year at the Sickle cell trait.[24] He is also the son of former New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins safety Gene Atkins.[25]

References

  1. ^ a b c "#56 Geno Atkins".  
  2. ^ http://fl.milesplit.com/meets/17410/results/34356
  3. ^ http://fl.milesplit.com/meets/15406/results/34925
  4. ^ "Georgia keeping all five DTs fresh".  
  5. ^ Weiszer, Marc (September 27, 2007). "UGA Football: Changing of the guard". Online Athens. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  6. ^ Butt, Jason (September 21, 2007). "Unheralded Atkins contributes to Georgia defense". Redandblack.com. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Georgia notes". Online Athens. September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Game breakdown: Who has the edge?". Online Athens. October 6, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  9. ^ Kendall, Josh (October 14, 2007). "Bulldogs escape with win, look for turnaround".  
  10. ^ Weiszer, Marc (October 26, 2007). "Atkins still coming out of his shell". Online Athens. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Curran and Atkins earn honors".  
  12. ^ "Tebow, Dorsey players of year on AP All-SEC team". Associated Press (Sporting News). December 5, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  13. ^ Weiszer, Marc (December 29, 2007). "Atkins acts like a 'groupie' around Hawaii's Brennan". Online Athens. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Clarkson: Georgia brings Hawaii's great season to ugly end". Online Athens. January 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  15. ^ "Bulldogs open SEC play in Columbia against Gamecocks".  
  16. ^ "SEC stars Tebow, Moreno key Florida, Georgia". Associated Press (ESPN.com). October 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  17. ^ Butt, Jason (November 14, 2008). "Missed extra point a deciding factor". Redandblack.com. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  18. ^ Bernstein, Charlie (January 2, 2009). "Talent on Display in Orlando". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  19. ^ Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike & Megargee, Steve (August 24, 2009). "Preseason defensive tackle power rankings". Rivals.com. 
  20. ^ Richardson, Steve (August 11, 2009). "2009 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced".  
  21. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/geno-atkins-1.html
  22. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 2, 2013). "Geno Atkins, Bengals sign five-year contract extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  23. ^ "Season over for Geno Atkins". ESPN. November 1, 2013. 
  24. ^ http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SickleGenoAtkins/?s_cid=tw_cdc1423
  25. ^ http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/112809/foo_529578681.shtml

External links

  • University of Georgia Bulldogs bio
  • Atkins' Mother Stresses Importance of Education by the Athens Banner-Herald
  • Cincinnati Bengals bio
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