Punter Scott Kovanda Invited To Bengals Rookie Minicamp


The Cincinnati Bengals will hold their annual rookie minicamp with first-year players and a couple who have been with Cincinnati for a bit.

It's not uncommon for the Cincinnati Bengals to test drive potential rookie free agents, largely to check out players that they may be forced to call upon during the regular season. When the team announced nine undrafted free agent signings on Tuesday, there was no mention of Oklahoma State kicker/punter Quinn Sharp, who had tweeted following the NFL draft that he was headed to Cincinnati.

The Bengals did offer Ball State punter Scott Kovanda an invite to next weekend's rookie minicamp. Kovanda, a finalist for the Ray Guy award (best collect punter), averaged 40.0 yards per punt during his four-year career, but routinely crushed 50 yarders also.

Not likely to make the team with a healthy Kevin Huber, Kovanda has the right perspective:

"Even if I don’t get a spot with Cincinnati, like one workout, the word spreads," Kovanda said. "Special teams coaches will ask about, how’s this guy kick? It’s all public information once they bring somebody in. So it’s kind of bigger than just one team."

The Bengals rookie minicamp roster is (as of now) with a handful of non-first year players. Not included are invitees, like Kovanda.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College Hometown
25 Giovani Bernard RB 5-9 202 North Carolina Boca Raton, FL
63 Larry Black DT 6-2 302 Indiana Cincinnati, OH
35 Jourdan Brooks FB 6-0 230 Morgan State Germantown, MD
47 Terrence Brown CB 5-11 176 Stanford Torrance, CA
33 Rex Burkhead RB 5-10 214 Nebraska Plano, TX
62 Travis Chappelear DT 6-5 263 Northwest Missouri State Urbana, MO
48 Bryce Davis LS 6-3 245 Central Oklahoma Duncan, OK
54 Jayson DiManche LB 6-1 232 Southern Illinois Hamilton, NJ
85 Tyler Eifert TE 6-6 250 Notre Dame Fort Wayne, IN
69 DeQuin Evans DE 6-2 265 Kentucky Long Beach, CA
79 Reid Fragel T 6-8 308 Ohio State Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
17 Tyrone Goard WR 6-4 205 Eastern Kentucky Charleston, WV
87 Cobi Hamilton WR 6-2 212 Arkansas Texarkana, TX
72 Tanner Hawkinson G 6-5 300 Kansas McPherson, KS
15 Justin Hilton WR 6-2 190 Indiana State Kissimmee, FL
99 Margus Hunt DE 6-8 277 Southern Methodist Karksi-Nuia (Estonia)
60 T.J. Johnson C 6-4 310 South Carolina Aynor, SC
49 Brandon Joiner LB 6-3 245 Arkansas State Killeen, TX
76 Dan Knapp T 6-5 305 Arizona State Reno, NV
56 Sean Porter LB 6-1 230 Texas A&M Schertz, TX
86 Roy Roundtree WR 6-1 180 Michigan Trotwood, OH
50 J.K. Schaffer LB 6-0 232 Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
22 Troy Soudermire CB 5-10 199 Minnesota Dallas, TX
61 John Sullen G 6-6 332 Auburn Auburn, AL
53 Bruce Taylor LB 6-1 237 Virginia Tech Riceboro, GA
40 Shawn Williams S 6-0 213 Georgia Damascus, GA
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