Sanu with the Bengals in 2012.
|No. 12 Cincinnati Bengals|
|Date of birth:August 23, 1989|
|Place of birth: Sayreville, New Jersey|
|High School: Monmouth Junction (NJ) South Brunswick|
|Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83|
|Debuted in 2012 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
Mohamed Sanu (born August 22, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. Sanu played college football at Rutgers. He was selected by the Bengals in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Originally from Sayreville, New Jersey,Sanu was born to a muslim family and also lived in his parents' native Sierra Leone as a child. Sanu returned to New Jersey, where he eventually starred at South Brunswick High School as a triple option quarterback before enrolling at Rutgers University in 2009. In his final season at South Brunswick High School, Sanu led the Vikings to their first playoff berth in nearly 40 years, including three rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards against Edison High School. He was unable to play at South Brunswick High School during his senior year, due to exceeding NJSIAA's age-restriction; he graduated high school 6 months early and enrolled at Rutgers University in January 2009.
As a true freshman he had 51 receptions for 639 yards and 3 touchdowns, and ran 62 times for 346 yards and 5 touchdowns out of the Wildcat formation. Sanu was the first ever true freshman to start at wide receiver for Rutgers under coach Greg Schiano, and won Most Valuable Player honors at the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. In 2010, Sanu was a consensus preseason All-Big East wide receiver. In 2011 against North Carolina he tied a Big East record with 13 receptions. The next week he broke his own record by catching 16 passes. In 2011, Sanu broke the Big East single-season reception record with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards, a record previously held by Larry Fitzgerald.
In his three seasons at Rutgers, Sanu caught 210 passes for 2,263 yards, scored 19 touchdowns, and gained 3,019 all-purpose yards. He also completed 8 of 18 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns.
During the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Sanu received a prank phone call from somebody pretending to be Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, informing him that the Bengals were going to use their 27th overall pick on him. The following day, Sanu received a phone call from the real Mike Brown, who informed him they would be drafting him in the 3rd round with the 83rd overall pick.
On September 23, 2012, against the Washington Redskins, Sanu came in as the wildcat quarterback out of a shotgun formation for the Bengals on the first play from scrimmage of the game, and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green, giving Sanu his first touchdown pass before his first NFL reception. The pass also gave Sanu a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the game. He was also the first Bengals wide receiver ever to throw a touchdown pass. Sanu had his first touchdown catch during Week 10 against the New York Giants. He finished the game with 4 receptions for 47 yards. It was announced on November 30, 2012 that Sanu had what is likely season ending surgery to repair a stress fracture.
- ↑ "Freshman Mohamed Sanu does a lot of everything for Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Tampa Bay Times". Tampabay.com. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/college/article1059677.ece. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
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- ↑ "Dallas Cowboys surprise Morris Claiborne by trading up to pick him in NFL Draft - Peter King - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2012-04-27. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/04/27/2012.nfl.draft.first.round/index.html. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
- ↑ Hanzus, Dan. "Mohamed Sanu's season could end with stress fracture". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC.. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000103166/article/mohamed-sanus-season-could-end-with-stress-fracture. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- ↑ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21262800/bengals-place-wr-mohamed-sanu-on-ir