Nov 12, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker J.K. Schaffer (37) tackles the West Virginia Mountaineers running back Andrew Buie (13) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated the Bearcats 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Former U.C. Bearcats linebacker J.K. Schaffer is vying for the Queen City trifecta after playing both high school and college in Cincinnati, and has now earned a practice squad roster spot with the hometown Bengals.
Here are some comments from him this offseason about spending the previous year on Cincinnati’s PS:
"I just never got that many quality reps with the actual calls and making adjustments. It was just on the cards and everything was drawn up. I think it’s a real good opportunity for me to get back myself rolling and get back into some football. It was like being redshirted. I was never redshirted in college but I kind of felt like that’s what was going on. I had a lot of older guys, even the younger rookies that had been here longer, helping me out to get to know the playbook, just learning how everything goes and how to practice and do all of that stuff. It was a yearlong of development for me."
After an outstanding 4-year career at UC that saw him named a two-time All-Big East selection, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by they Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in all four Jaguars preseason games and led the team in tackles with 18 stops to go along with one interception and two pass defenses. He was waived by the Jaguars on August 31, and was later signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneer practice squad in September.