05/12/2014 - For only the third time in franchise history the Bengals traded up. This time they moved up 12 spots in the fourth round to swap spots with Seattle. The Bengals ended up sending a sixth-round pick to the Seahawks. Considering the rarity of such a move, it reflected how badly the team needed to fill the hole left at center by the release of last year's starter Kyle Cook. Cincinnati selected powerful center Russell Bodine of North Carolina. Bodine posted the top mark in the bench press at the combine with 42 reps. The next best was 36. The team held back no punches in regards to the impact they expect him to make at a position which will see competition from Trevor Robinson, last year's seventh-round pick T.J. Johnson and guard Mike Pollak, who is expected to move over for reps at center this offseason. "I'm thinking he's going to compete right away at center," offensive line coach Paul Alexander said. "He's going to compete to be the starting center." - The Sports Xchange
04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on the Kansas City Chiefs' draft radar: OG Russell Bodine, North Carolina: With the hole at right guard (and center Rodney Hudson's entering the final year of his contract, as well), the Chiefs could invest multiple picks on their offensive line. Bodine possesses the short, squatty and powerful frame so conducive to interior offensive line play and led all participants at the combine with 42 reps on the bench. Bodine uses this power and an aggressive mentality to drive defenders off the ball but isn't particularly nimble, making him best suited to right guard rather than the left side where the Chiefs feature solid third-year pro Jeff Allen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - North Carolina junior offensive lineman Russell Bodine says he is entering the NFL draft. Bodine, a two-year starter for the Tar Heels, spent most of his time at center. He also played at left guard this season. In a statement from the school on Monday, Bodine says he feels he is ready "to take the next step in my playing career." Bodine averaged 73 snaps per game and was an honorable mention all-conference selection. - AP Sports
12/30/2013 - Bodine To Enter 2014 NFL Draft...University of North Carolina junior offensive lineman Russell Bodine has decided to forego his final season of eligibility and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. A native of Scottsville, Va., Bodine was a two-year starter, primarily at center. He also saw action at left guard in 2013. "It's been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I feel I'm ready to take the next step in my playing career," said Bodine. "I have been thinking about this for several weeks, weighing all my options and discussing it with my parents and the coaching staff. I feel it is the right time to move forward. "I want to thank the coaching staff at North Carolina for helping me become a better player and person. I've had the opportunity to play in both a pro-style offense and a spread offense and I think that will enhance my opportunities at the next level."
Bodine averaged 73 snaps per game in 2013 and was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection. "We wish Russell the best as he takes the next step in athletic career," said head coach Larry Fedora. "He has been a good player for us over the last two years, starting every game on the offensive line, and has a bright future ahead of him." - North Carolina football
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina (28)...Has been selected Honorable Mention All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - North Carolina football
08/11/2013 - OTHER NORTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: C Russell Bodine (6-3, 305, 5.09)*...After taking over the starting center job last season, Bodine graded as one of the ACC's top linemen and is one of the better underclassmen centers in the nation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Russell Bodine, North Carolina...Bodine helped lead a UNC offense which set school records in total points (487) and points per game (40.8) in 2012, as the Tar Heels finished eighth nationally in scoring offense. The Scottsville, Va., junior had a standout season in his first year as a full-time starter. - North Carolina football
05/21/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Russell Bodine, North Carolina...Bodine helped lead a UNC offense which set school records in total points (487) and points per game (40.8) in 2012, as the Tar Heels finished eighth nationally in scoring offense. The Scottsville, Va., junior had a standout season in his first year as a full-time starter.
The ACC was one of three conferences with five nominees, including the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain West Conference. Only the Southeastern Conference (9) had more selected to the 2013 Spring Watch List. - North Carolina football
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