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Mohamed Sanu, WR

School: Rutgers  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6492-3
Selected 3rd Rnd
Cincinnati Bengals
83rd Pick Overall
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 3/83 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, 6-1, 211, Rutgers...A big need during the offseason has been to find a wide receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green. Sanu is a physical receiver who had 115 receptions last season, which was a Big East single-season record. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers -- A precise route-runner, Sanu can benefit from coverage shaded toward Bengals' lead receiver A.J. Green on the other side and should be able to reasonably replace Jerome Simpson's production -- 50 catches, 725 yards, four touchdowns in 2011.

04/27/2012 - In our 2012 NFL Draft first round winners and losers post early Friday morning, I didn't mention the story of Rutgers receiver Mohamad Sanu. But man, he had a brutal Thursday night as he waited/hoped to be called. And he did get a phone call. Just not the one he wanted. The person on the other end of the phone said he was with the Bengals and that they were selecting him with the No. 27 pick. Predictably, Sanu lit up with joy. The problem, though, was that the Bengals weren't calling Sanu. No NFL team was. Instead, it was a prank-call, and it worked. "This is a great kid, I guarantee you, and someone played a cruel joke on him," his agent, Mike McCartney told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "It is unreal that someone would do that, but it happened." Sanu wasn't considered a first-round guy, but he probably should be drafted sometime Friday. As Rob Rang explained in his recent Big Board explanation, "There are plenty of receivers in the 2012 draft with greater speed and natural playmaking ability than Sanu. But for my money few are safer NFL prospects than the former Rutgers star ... The 6-2, 211-pound Sanu has the bulk and physicality to play immediately at split end as well as move inside. That versatility will get him onto the field early in his career. His toughness and dedication will keep him there." He'll need his toughness on the field -- and apparently to deal with the scum off it. - Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 50. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: There are plenty of receivers in the 2012 draft with greater speed and natural playmaking ability than Sanu, but for my money few are safer NFL prospects than the former Rutgers star, who left the Big East as the career record holder with 210 career receptions despite entering the draft with a year of eligibility remaining. The 6-2, 211-pound Sanu has the bulk and physicality to play immediately at split end as well as move inside. That versatility will get him onto the field early in his career. His toughness and dedication will keep him there. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, 6-2, 211...Sanu started 37 of his 38 games at Rutgers and finished with 210 catches, 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns and collected 3,049 yards in total offense. Last season he caught 115 passes for 1,206 yards and seven scores. He was bigger and stronger than almost all defenders he faced in college. So it will be interesting to see if he maintains an advantage, and his strong self-confidence, at the next level where players are both bigger and faster. He verified his lack of elite speed at the combine when his best 40-yard dash was 4.62. His 19 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press is probably more of an indicator of how he plays the game. Sanu is a physically tough player who is unafraid to do anything necessary to catch the ball. After the catch he has moves to elude tacklers, strength to run through others and if that doesn't work he has a jolting stiff arm. Sanu spent his youth shuttling between his parents' native Sierra Leone and New Jersey, where he finally settled in to become high school star at South Brunswick High in Monmouth Junction, N.J. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - Rutgers Pro Day: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had been viewed as one of the 2012 draft's top wide receivers and a possible first round talent prior to a poor showing in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. Sanu was officially clocked at 4.67 seconds by the NFL in Indianapolis. The poor time pushed Sanu down draft boards significantly due to the tightly packed wide receiver rankings. In shavingmore than two-tenths of a second running for scouts Wednesday at Rutgers' Pro Day, Sanu will be moving right back up the rankings -- perhaps even pushing himself back into the top 32 mix. The 6-2, 211 pound Sanu was credited with times ranging from 4.41-4.46 in his two attempts at the drill Wednesday, according to Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger. Even better, Sanu transferred his speed into his positional drills, demonstrating the burst out of his breaks and soft, reliable hands that helped him establish a new school and Big East conference record with 115 catches last season. Media on hand for the workout asked the obvious question. If he's this fast, what happened at the Combine? "I wasn't feeling too well. I'm not going to lie to you guys," Sanu explained. "I didn't feel well. I was a little drained, a little tired. I didn't have that pop that I usually do. I suffered my first 10 yards." One scout on hand for the workout, summarized the workout pretty simply. "That's the guy I remember from tape. The Combine time was a stunner and we knew it wasn't indicative of what [Sanu] could do." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - Five years ago they were being put through the same pre-Draft wringer that Mohamed Sanu is now experiencing because of the NFL's obsession with 40-yard times. But if four years of playing in the league - and starring in it in one case - have taught Courtney Greene and Ray Rice anything, it's this: The NFL is, and always will be, filled with far more football players than track guys. That's why neither former Rutgers standout was particularly concerned when Sanu - angling to become the Scarlet Knights' fourth first-round draft pick since 2008 - ran a pedestrian 4.65 in the 40 during last month's NFL Combine (the time was later adjusted to 4.67). "The guy can play the game. He's going to be fine," said Greene, a defensive back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. "He's a football player, plain and simple," said Rice, the Baltimore Ravens' star running back. But both understood that Sanu needed a better showing at Rutgers' annual Pro Day on Wednesday on the Piscataway campus as much for himself as for the scouts in attendance representing 24 NFL teams. The wide receiver from South Brunswick, who set a school and Big East record with 115 catches last season, got what he needed. Or, as many in attendance concluded: Sanu made some money for himself Wednesday. The 6-2, 211-pounder turned in times of 4.41 and 4.48 for his two attempts in the 40, efforts that should bolster his hopes of being a late first-round to mid-second round selection next month. "I was surprised that people said he didn't run well at the NFL Combine," said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. - Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 36. *Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers, 6-2, 215, 1-2...After impressing coaches and scouts with every ability needed at wide receiver except blinding speed, Sanu appears ready to work some magic in the NFL. He is a physically tough player who is unafraid to do anything necessary to catch the ball. After the catch he does has moves to elude some tacklers, strength to run through others and if that doesn't work he has a jolting stiff arm. Sanu started 37 of his 38 games at Rutgers and finished with career statistics of 210 catches, 2,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last season he caught 115 for 1,206 and seven scores. He was bigger and stronger than almost all defenders he faced in college so it will be interesting to see if he maintains that advantage, and his strong self confidence, at the next level. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/03/2012 - Junior All-America wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) has elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Sanu is the fourth player in the Greg Schiano era at Rutgers to leave school early and enter the NFL Draft. 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 finishes 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. - Rutgers football

12/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Mohamed Sanu shattered the Big East record for receptions in a single season, catching 109 passes for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 215 junior has NFL size, excellent hands, and is fast enough to get the job done at the next level. He's going to be hard to keep in check, but he's the focal point of the offense, so shutting him down would severely limit the Rutgers attack. - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - The accolades continue to rain down on Rutgers record-setting wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu, a junior, was named Maxwell Award Club Tri-State Player of the Year. He becomes the third Scarlet Knights player to win the award, joining running back Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (Tennessee Titans). The Maxwell Club, the oldest football club in America, selected Sanu as its 11th Tri-State Player of the Year. Sanu, who set a school and Big East record with 109 catches (fifth-most nationally) for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns this season, was an All-Big East first-team selection. He was also named the Scarlet Knights' overall team MVP and offensive MVP. Sanu, who is second in school history with 204 career receptions, is mulling a decision to skip his senior season and turn pro. He's projected as a late-first round or early-second round draft pick. - Dave Hutchinson, The Star Ledger

12/30/2011 - Will this be Mohamed Sanu's final game at Rutgers? Radio analyst Ray Lucas says it won't be, having tweeted that Sanu will return for his senior season. But Sanu says he won't announce or decide for another week or so. Whatever he winds up doing, the Pinstripe Bowl offers another chance to enjoy one of the greatest offensive seasons in school history, with Sanu's 109 catches (and counting) ranking up there with Ray Rice's 2,000-yard rushing season. Sanu has made the spectacular catches, the routine ones, hauled in 16 passes in one game and had seven 100-yard receiving games. And the last bowl he was in, as a freshman, brought out the best in him. He was named MVP of that one. - Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, Jr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. Junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (South Brunswick, N.J.) was a unanimous selection for All-BIG EAST First Team honors following his record-setting season. Sanu shattered the school and conference single-season receptions record with 109 in 2011, ranking fifth nationally. Sanu, who is second in Rutgers history in career receptions with 204, totaled 109 receptions for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 regular season games in 2011. - Rutgers football

12/16/2011 - A source close to the program tells Metro New York that Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will bypass the NFL and is expected to return for his senior season. The junior wide receiver led the Big East with 109 catches for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns this past season for the Scarlet Knights, who will play in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium on Dec. 30. He was largely considered a consensus top 50 pick in next spring's NFL Draft and a possible first-round pick. Sanu also has also returned punts and been under center for Rutgers' version of the Wildcat offense, dubbed "The Wild Knight." Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source tells Metro New York that Sanu has informed the coaching staff of his decision to return for his final year of college football. Rutgers released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying no decisions on any underclassmen declaring for the draft or staying school had been made. "There have been no decisions made by any of our draft-eligible underclassmen about their intention to remain at Rutgers or to opt for early-entry into the NFL Draft," the athletic department wrote in a statement. - Kristian Dyer, NY Metro US

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he had 13 receptions for 129 yards to key Rutgers' 27-12 win against Army and set school and conference records in the process. With 94 receptions on the season, Sanu broke the BIG EAST single-season record of 92 catches, which was held by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald since 2003. He also broke Kenny Britt's school record of 87 catches set in 2008. Sanu ranks second nationally in receptions, averaging 9.4 catches per game this season. - BIG EAST football

11/12/2011 - Mohamed Sanu set a Big East single-season record for receptions and Jordan Thomas returned a blocked punt 32-yard for a touchdown as Rutgers defeated Army 27-12 Saturday in the first game between the schools since Scarlet Knights player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in October 2010. LeGrand took part in the coin toss before the game at Yankee Stadium along with Malcolm Brown, the player he tackled on his last college play. Sanu finished with 13 receptions for 129 yards. His last one was his 93rd of the season and it broke the conference's single season mark of 92 set by Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh in 2003. Chas Dodd threw two touchdowns Rutgers (7-3), including a go-ahead 38-yard touchdown to Brandon Coleman on the opening possession of the second half. Army (3-7) self-destructed for the second straight week. Alex Carlton missing a potential game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter and an apparent go-ahead 52-yard TD run was nullified by a tripping penalty. - AP Sports

11/12/2011 - Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu broke the Big East single-season record for receptions when he made his 93rd catch of the season in the fourth quarter against Army. The old record was set by Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh in 2003. He now plays for the Arizona Cardinals. Sanu snapped the record with a 13-yard catch Saturday. He had 13 receptions for 129 yards at that point. - AP Sports

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Mohamed Sanu, Jr., WR, Rutgers: Had 10 receptions for 100 yards in a 21-20 win against Navy. Moved into sixth place on the school's career receptions chart (150). - BIG EAST football

09/30/2011 - Sanu now has 29 catches over the last two games, and has helped the Scarlet Knights get off to a 2-1 start. Now, the season gets tricky. With the bye week over, Rutgers finishes the year with nine games in the next nine weeks. "It was good to get a victory out there," Schiano said. "I thought our kids - through whatever hurdles they faced today - kept fighting back individually and collectively. That was a good thing." - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Rutgers has yet to find a consistent running game, and hopes that Jawan Jamison's emergence a week ago is a positive sign in that direction. But the Orange have been particularly vulnerable this season in the secondary, so the Scarlet Knights will likely target them with Mohamed Sanu being the top target. This could also be a matchup that allows the likes of Mark Harrison and Brandon Coleman to finally have their breakout game in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - You can bet Syracuse defenders are losing sleep worrying about how to defend Mohamed Sanu. The junior is coming off his league-record 16 catches against Ohio, and the Orange have struggled all year to stop playmaking receivers. If he and Dodd get in synch early, the tandem could put up big numbers this weekend. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - So many things went wrong for the Scarlet Knights in 2010 that it was easy to overlook one key difference between that squad and this one: the health of Mohamed Sanu. Sanu was the most electrifying player on the team as a freshman and in the brief period of his sophomore season when healthy, whether it was catching passes or quarterbacking the squad out of the Wildcat. But he was banged up for most of 2010, and without him the offense got a lot less dangerous. Now, he's back. And not only is he better than ever, against Ohio on Saturday he was better than anyone. Sanu set a Big East record with 16 catches, finishing with 176 yards. And after giving the usual platitudes about his attitude and work ethic, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano gave his thoughts on why he creates nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators. "(Sanu) has such great body control and I think (offensive coordinator) Frank (Cignetti ) and the staff do a great job of moving him around," Schiano said. "On the move, it is really hard for a stationary or even moving defensive back or linebacker to match up with him." - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2011 - BIG EAST WEEK 4 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he set BIG EAST and school records with 16 receptions in the Scarlet Knights' 38-26 win against previously unbeaten Ohio, shattering the previous mark of 13 catches set in 1993 and held by six players. He finished with career highs of 176 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in the win, giving him 29 receptions in the last two games. Sanu ranks as the national leader in receptions (12.0 per game) and is eighth nationally in receiving yards (121.0 ypg). - BIG EAST football

09/24/2011 - Mohamed Sanu had a record-setting 16 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns as Rutgers knocked error-prone Ohio from the unbeaten ranks with a 38-26 victory Saturday. Sanu caught touchdowns of 7 and 4 yards from Chas Dodd, who iced the game with a 10-yard scoring pass to Paul Caarrezola with 5:00 to play. Sanu's 16 catches broke the Rutgers record of 13 that he tied in his last game two weeks ago. It also broke the single-game mark of 13 for a Big East Conference receiver. Freshman Savon Huggins scored on a 3-yard run and Marcus Cooper returned a fumbled punt 3 yards for another score for Rutgers (2-1). Tyler Tettleton threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns for the Bobcats (3-1), who ruined their best start since 1976 with four turnovers. The TD passes covered 10 yards to LaVon Brazill, 31 to Donte Foster and 10 to Riley Dunlop. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - WR Mohamed Sanu was never totally healthy a year ago, but is making up for lost time in 2011. The junior enters the break on a high note, with 13 catches for 119 yards against the Tar Heels. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - WEEK 2 REWIND: It is difficult to scout any game involving the North Carolina Tar Heels and not be overcome by their individual talent. But the most consistently impressive player on the field in Saturday's home opener against Rutgers actually was Scarlet Knights junior wideout Mohamed Sanu. The 6-2, 215-pound Sanu has dazzled coaches with his athleticism and versatility throughout his young career, but wasn't able to progress as a receiver last season with the team often asking him to line up as a wildcat quarterback. Kept out wide against the Tar Heels on Saturday, Sanu responded with career highs in receptions (13) and receiving yards (119), including a dazzling one-handed 18-yard touchdown catch with 18 seconds remaining in the second quarter that put Rutgers in position to tie the score heading into halftime. Sanu, lined up in the slot, split the safeties and, like an outfielder reaching over the wall to rob a slugger of a home run, he leaped, stretched and pulled down the ball gracefully. Larry Fitzgerald doesn't make this catch any more beautifully. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2011 - WEEK 2 REWIND: Sanu's strong hands, prototypical build and good (not great) speed are his primary assets. He is a physical receiver who shrugs off tight coverage and knows how to shield defenders from the ball with his body, making him an ideal fit in a West Coast offense that attacks through quick slants and crossing routes over the middle. Many suspect that this could be Sanu's final season of college football. Should it be, Sanu will only have to answer questions about his speed to potentially leap some of the biggest names among college football receivers to be considered a first- or second-round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/08/2011 - Rutgers is in search of a new punt returner in practice this week, thanks to Mason Robinson's season-ending injury. Coach Greg Schiano said that Quron Pratt, Mohamed Sanu, Miles Shuler and J.T. Tartacoff are among the contenders to take over that role. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. - The Louisville Sports Commission

06/22/2011 - UNDERCLASSMAN BREAKOUT CANDIDATES: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: Last season was supposed to be Sanu's breakout campaign, a follow-up to the great potential he showed as a rushing/receiving/Wildcat quarterback as a freshman. Hamstring and leg injuries limited him, however, in the second half of 2010 so he managed only 418 yards and two touchdowns on 44 receptions. Even with the transfer of Tom Savage, Sanu should still be a main target for Chas Dodd and the Scarlet Knights offense. A productive, healthy 2011 displaying his strong hands and tough running after the catch will put him in the conversation for a late first- or early second-round draft slot. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

06/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Mohamed Sanu had a disappointing sophomore season, in part because he was never truly healthy and in part because the only way the team found to get him the ball was in the Wildcat formation. He's a big-play specialist that the new offensive coaching staff has to figure out how to utilize better in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 3/83 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, 6-1, 211, Rutgers...A big need during the offseason has been to find a wide receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green. Sanu is a physical receiver who had 115 receptions last season, which was a Big East single-season record. - The Sports Xchange

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