PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 27, 2012) –Rutgers junior All-America wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft Friday evening. The Bengals drafted Sanu with the 83rd overall pick.
“There really isn’t anything Mo can’t do on the football field,” said Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood. “He embodies what our players are all about – he is smart, fast and tough. For all the reasons the NFL loves Ray Rice, they will love Mo. The Cincinnati Bengals are getting a terrific person – and player – in Mo Sanu.”
Sanu joins a Bengals squad that features former Rutgers All-America running back Brian Leonard on its roster. The last third round draft pick for the Scarlet Knights was OL Jeremy Zuttah (Tampa Bay) in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Bengals drafted a Rutgers player for the first time since selecting consensus All-America TE Marco Battaglia in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Sanu, who left Rutgers a year early, is the fourth Scarlet Knight to forego his final year of eligibility since 2007. The three Scarlet Knights prior to Sanu who elected to forego their final year of eligibility under Schiano’s watch have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at the next level. Ray Rice left Rutgers following his junior season in 2007 and was a second round draft selection of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 NFL Draft. Kenny Britt declared for the 2009 NFL Draft and was a first round pick of the Tennessee Titans while Anthony Davis was selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Sanu finished his career as Rutgers’ and the BIG EAST’s all-time leader in career receptions with 210 after he moved past current NFL running back Brian Leonard (204) in Rutgers’ 27-13 victory over Iowa State in the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Sanu was part of two Rutgers’ bowl victories as the Scarlet Knights own the nation’s longest current bowl winning streak at five games with Mississippi State.
The 2011 Maxwell Club Tri-State Player of the Year, Sanu ended the 2011 season with 115 receptions (school and BIG EAST record) for 1,206 yards. The 1,206 yards receiving place Sanu third in RU single-season history and eighth in BIG EAST single-season history. He is currently fourth nationally with 115 receptions and 69 of his receptions in 2011 went for first downs.
A unanimous All-BIG EAST selection in 2011, Sanu was named a Fourth Team All-America selection by Phil Steele and an honorable mention All-America pick by SI.com. Sanu won two major team awards in 2011 as he was named the team’s most valuable offensive player in addition to winning the Homer Hazel Trophy as the team’s most valuable player.
A Freshman All-America selection in 2009 by CollegeFootballNews.com, Sanu set a new BIG EAST record for receptions in a game with 16 in Rutgers’ victory over Ohio in September of this season.
First in career receptions (210) First in single-season receptions (115 in 2011) First in single-game receptions (16 vs. Ohio in 2011) Longest run from scrimmage (91 vs. Tulane in 2010) Second in career 100-yard receiving games (10) Third in single-season receiving yards (1,206 in 2011) Fourth in career receiving yards (2,263) Tied for seventh in single-season receiving touchdowns (7 in 2011) Tied for ninth in career receiving touchdowns (12)
Sanu in BIG EAST history …
First in single-season receptions (115 in 2011) First in single-game receptions (16 vs. Ohio in 2011) First in career receptions (210) Third-longest run from scrimmage (91 vs. Tulane in 2010) Eighth in single-season receiving yards (1,206 in 2011) Tied for eighth in career 100-yard receiving games (10)