Athletic player who has excellent quickness on the defensive line ... speed rusher who earned time in first season at UCF in 2003 ... will battle Paul Carrington for a starting position at defensive end in fall practice.
Played in all 12 games including four starts ... 33 tackles and two sacks to his credit ... three tackles-for-loss and six quarterback hurries ... 22 of his 33 tackles were solo stops.
Prior to UCF
Stephens attended Trinity Valley Community College ... played for coach Chuck Langston ... earned JUCO first team all-conference honors following his sophomore season after registering 67 tackles and 12 sacks.
Stephens graduated from Port Arthur High School in 2001 ... played for coach Al Celeya ... tabbed as a first team all-district and second team all-state selection ... also earned Defensive MVP honors in the district ... state qualifier in weightlifting and basketball, as well as a member of the Port Arthur Super Gold Team.
Stephens is a liberal studies major ... born Feb. 13, 1982, in Port Arthur, Texas ... son of Jesse and Vernis Lonnette.