Mohamed Sanu

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Mohamed Sanu
Mohamed Sanu Bengals 2012.jpg
Sanu with the Bengals in 2012.
No. 12     Cincinnati Bengals
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Sayreville, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Monmouth Junction (NJ) South Brunswick
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Debuted in 2012 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 63
Receiving yards 609
Receiving average 9.7
Receiving TDs 6
Stats at

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.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Sayreville, New Jersey, Sanu was born to a Muslim family and also lived in his parents' native Sierra Leone as a child.[1] 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.[2] He was ruled ineligible to play at South Brunswick High School during his senior year, due to exceeding NJSIAA's age-restriction; he graduated high school six months early and enrolled at Rutgers University in January 2009.[3]

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Mohamed Sanu in 2013

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed] Sanu had his first touchdown catch during Week 10 against the New York Giants. He finished the game with 4 receptions for 47 yards.

On November 30, 2012, it was announced that Sanu had what is likely season ending surgery to repair a stress fracture.

Sanu played in all 16 games of the 2013 NFL season finishing with 16 receptions, 154 yards, and 4 touchdowns.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Freshman Mohamed Sanu does a lot of everything for Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Tampa Bay Times". Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Morrison, Jay. "Bio for Bengals’ third-round pick Mohamed Sanu", Dayton Daily News, April 27, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2013. "In his final season at South Brunswick, Sanu led the Vikings to their first playoff berth in nearly forty years, including three rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards vs. Edison High School."
  3. ^ Allinder, Jimmy. "Sanu leaving his mark on Rutgers football", Sentinel, October 13, 2010. Accessed March 29, 2013. "Sanu is hoping for more of the same success that enabled his high school team to finish 9-2 in 2008, his final season. Because he turned 19 in his senior year, the NJSIAA declared him ineligible to play that year."
  4. ^ "Dallas Cowboys surprise Morris Claiborne by trading up to pick him in NFL Draft - Peter King -". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Mohamed Sanu's season could end with stress fracture",, December 1, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Katzowitz, Josh. "Bengals Place WR Mohamed Sanu on IR", CBS Sports, December 4, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2013. "But late last week, Sanu suffered a stress fracture in his foot during practice. On Tuesday, the Bengals placed him on the IR list, ending his season."

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