Bengals rookie factoids: Marcus Hardison's sack numbers

CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals' rookies prepare to take part in next week's voluntary organized team activities (OTAs), it's a good time to look at some of the things they do well.

We'll spend the next couple of weeks breaking down one statistic connected to each player's college career.

First-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi's run-block efficiency, second-round pick Jake Fisher's uptempo background, third-round pick Tyler Kroft's first-down and touchdown production per reception, third-round pick P.J. Dawson's interception return yards and fourth-round pick Josh Shaw's tackles for loss all were explored last week. You can read each factoid here.

Up next: the second of two fourth-round picks, defensive tackle Marcus Hardison and his sack numbers:


After ranking dead last in the NFL in sacks last season, the Bengals spent this offseason looking for a couple of bodies to help enhance their pass rush.

Through free agency, they got back former Bengals third-rounder Michael Johnson. Then, late in the fourth round of the draft earlier this month, Cincinnati grabbed another young lineman who they believe eventually will be able to help them get after quarterbacks.

At Arizona State, Hardison played a variety of positions along the defensive line. He was at both interior positions and spent the bulk of his time rushing off the edge. Although he went through the draft process labeled a defensive end, the Bengals believe he's more of a tackle. They believe he has the burst and athleticism that, paired with Geno Atkins, could be tough to combat for opposing offensive lines.

From his various positions, Hardison collected 10 sacks last season. He had only one the year before in his first season with the Sun Devils. He started his collegiate career at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas.

Hardison had multisack games three times last season. He had two each against Washington, Oregon State and Washington State. In the middle of the season, he had a six-game streak in which he recorded at least one sack. All but one of them -- the 35-27 loss to Oregon State -- were Arizona State wins.