WKU fifth-year senior Dan Cline has been invited to the Cincinnati Bengals rookie mini-camp this weekend. The mini-camp begins Thursday and concludes on Sunday.
“After weighing a number of options, I really felt the Bengals offered the best opportunity,” Cline said. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Bengals organization and to have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot. After growing up so close to Cincinnati, this is a dream come true. I feel very blessed to even have this opportunity, and I want to thank everyone in the WKU football program that has helped me along the way.”
"Dan was a true pleasure to coach, and I am very happy for him and the opportunity he has with the Bengals," WKU head coach David Elson said. "We were fortunate to have benefited from his many contributions, and his dedication and leadership on and off the field set a great example for our young guys. While he won't be able to put on a WKU uniform again, he will always be a Hilltopper."
Cline, a four-year letterman and two-year starter from Centerville, Ohio, saw action in 40 career games. He started the final 24 games of his career and posted 75 total tackles, 41 solo, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one interception. He started all 12 games at defensive end for WKU in 2008. A corporate/organizational communications major, Cline has earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American District IV honors in each of the last two seasons. He was one of only three defensive players to start all 12 games in 2007. He saw reserve action in 2005 and 2006. Cline’s father, Doug, is the mayor of Centerville, Ohio.