Luigs during his tenure at Arkansas.
|No. 50 Free agent|
|Date of birth:||August 11, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Little Rock (AR) Pulaski|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Jonathan Luigs (born August 11, 1986) is an American former college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL). Luigs played college football for the University of Arkansas, earned consensus All-American honors, and won the 2007 Rimington Trophy as the most outstanding center in college football. Luigs played professionally for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals for a single season in 2009.
Luigs was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line, playing both center and offensive tackle as well as defensive end. He graded out at 90 percent or better in blocking in each of his three varsity seasons. In his senior season, Luigs helped Pulaski to win its first state championship (3A) in school history with a 13-2 mark. He was subsequently named to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team.
Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Luigs was not listed among the nation's top offensive line prospects. In fact, he wasn't even listed as one of the top 10 prospects in Arkansas. As a result, he was not heavily recruited out of high school. He eventually picked Arkansas over an offer from LSU. ESPN′s Chris Low would later pick Luigs for his "All-SEC recruiting nobodies" team.
Luigs attended the University of Arkansas, where he played for the Arkansas razorbacks football team from 2004 to 2007. After redshirting as true freshman in 2004, he became a starter on the Razorbacks offensive line at right guard after Robert Felton moved from guard to right tackle. After occasionally filling the void at center for an ailing Kyle Roper, Luigs started seven games at right guard and three games at center. Arkansas racked up 216.9 yards rushing per game to lead the SEC and ranked 12th nationally. The Hogs boasted a total of ten 100-yard rushing performances on the season, including five 100-yard efforts from SEC Freshman of the Year Darren McFadden.
In his sophomore campaign, Luigs established himself as one of the top centers in the nation. He was at the center of an offensive front that cleared the way for thirteen 100-yard rushing performances in 14 games and allowed only nine sacks in 14 games (0.64) to rank second nationally in fewest sacks allowed. In addition, for only the third time in SEC history, Arkansas featured two 1,000-yard running backs in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones on the same team. Luigs was a finalist for the 2006 Dave Rimington Trophy, awarded to college football's best center, but lost out to Dan Mozes. He also earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and first-team sophomore All-America honors from College Football News.
As a junior, Luigs was the centerpiece of an offensive line that helped Arkansas lead the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and rank fourth in the nation in rushing (286.5), rank second in the SEC and No. 17 in the nation in total offense. He had a team-leading overall grade of 90.36 for the season, including marks of 86.0 on running plays and a team-best 96.9 on passing plays. He also had 55 knockdown blocks, which ranked second on the team. Luigs was named to numerous All-America teams following his junior season in 2007, and on December 6, 2007, was named as the winner of the 2007 Rimington Trophy.
Finishing his career with a string of 49 consecutive starts, Luigs was again named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy. He delivered 66 knockdowns and graded 85.42 percent for blocking consistency. However, Arkansas offensive line was the main problem all season, as they placed 118th among the 119 major colleges, allowing 46 quarterback sacks for the season.
2009 NFL Draft
Regardless of his up-and-down senior season at Arkansas, Luigs was considered one of the best centers available in the 2009 NFL Draft. He drew comparisons to Ryan Kalil, and was projected a third-round pick.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3½ in||301 lb||5.14 s||1.78 s||2.90 s||4.79 s||7.69 s||31 in||8 ft 03 in||26 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Luigs was selected by the Bengals in the fourth round, 106th overall. He signed a four-year, $2.26 million deal with a $509,000 signing bonus. A backup to Kyle Cook in the 2009 NFL season, Luigs played in eight games for the Bengals before being waived on August 17, 2010, after one season with the team.
- "Jonathan Luigs Recruiting Profile", Rivals.com, retrieved December 16, 2009
- "Arkansas Top 10 2004", Rivals.com, September 17, 2003
- Low, Chris (February 5, 2009), "All-SEC recruiting nobodies: Offense", ESPN, retrieved February 11, 2009.
- "2006 AP All-America Team", ESPN, December 12, 2006, retrieved February 11, 2009.
- "Razorback Jonathan Luigs Wins Rimington Trophy", Southeastern Conference, retrieved January 15, 2008
- "2009 C Draft Prospects", CBS Sports, April 25, 2009
- "Pro Football War Room: Jonathan Luigs Profile", Sporting News, April 26, 2009
- "2009 Draft Tracker: Jonathan Luigs Profile", Sports Illustrated, April 2009
- "Jonathan Luigs Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, April 2009
- "Bengals Sign C Jonathan Luigs, Waive CB Simeon Castille", The Kentucky Post, July 21, 2009, retrieved August 19, 2009.
- "Bengals: Luigs Waived", Cincy Jungle, August 17, 2010.