Noteworthy: Is No. 2 on the depth chart entering fall camp behind Tanaka Scott at right end ... Expected to be a leader ... Made the move from defensive end to outside linebacker (Bandit) in the spring of 2000, but went back to end this past spring ... A very intense competitor who plays hard on every snap ... Was used mainly in nickel situations in 1999 as a defensive end ... Is very aggressive and has the personality you look for in a player.
2000: Saw action in nine games, including five as a starter ... Finished with 18 tackles on the season and one was for loss of yards ... Had a season-high four tackles in games against Illinois, Murray State and Louisiana Tech ... Played 252 snaps for an average of 28 per game ... Saw a season-high 41 snaps at Maryland.
1999: Played in all 11 games and started once (vs UCF) ... Finished the year with 14 tackles, including one for loss of yards and one sack ... Also registered four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries ... Enjoyed a season best five tackles at Louisiana-Monroe ... His quarterback sack came against UCF ... Was also a key member on special teams.
1998: Played in all 10 games and started seven (3 at right end/4 at left end) ... Was tied for ninth on the team in tackles with 29 ... Registered nine tackles for lost yardage, which ranked second on the team ... Had a career best six tackles at UT Martin ... Tallied two TFLs against Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois and UT Martin ... Recorded sacks against Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech ... Had his first-ever blocked kick against Eastern Illinois.
1997: Took a redshirt year.
High School: Voted all-region, all-metro and second team all-state as a senior ... Hauled in 30 receptions for 380 yards and eight touchdowns in 1996 ... Played for coach Charlie Bozman ... Also lettered in wrestling.
Personal: Parents: Roger and Kim Stephens ... Born: 9/22/79 ... Major: Physical Education.