"It came down to playing time issues," Stephenson said. "I felt I wasn't being utilized. I figured if they're not going to use me, why stick around when I could go somewhere else and start."
After a stellar high school career
Stephenson said he ended up at
"When I got my release [from
At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds,
Stephenson played defensive end/tackle at
"After playing defense at
Stephenson had to sit out last season due to transfer rules and injured his shoulder in the mean time; he said he feels no last effects from the injury.
"[Last spring] I was limited in the amount of plays," Stephenson said. "I was recovering from the shoulder but they put me in for a few plays."
Currently Stephenson is the No. 1 center and said he feels very comfortable in that position.
"It's good having Seth Zehr next to me," Stephenson said. "He played center his freshman year and if I ever have a question I can just turn to him and he'll help me out. I like Kory Pence at left guard. He's a solid player and he really produced last year."
As for his goals this season, Stephenson is just happy to be out on the field again.
"[I want to] take a hold of the position and take every opportunity I can get," he said.