Delta OL prospect is healthy again

Injuries have caused San Joaquin Delta OL Stephen Memory (6-5, 280) to fly a bit under-the-radar so far this year, but now that he's back fully healthy, he's hoping to put together some highlight tape to show schools what he has to offer...

"I got injured a few weeks into spring ball, so I had to miss the last two weeks," Memory told recently. "I had a high ankle sprain on my left leg and last year I missed the entire season with a torn labrum, so schools haven't really seen me much yet.

"Monday (June 28th) will be my first official day back, so I'm going to put together some workout tape and hopefully I can get that out to some schools."

Memory had played at about 295 pounds, but has trimmed down to 280 and hopes to stay in that range come this fall.

"I feel so much lighter and so much more agile," Memory said. "I'm still as strong as I've always been, but if I can play right around 280 or 285 I think that will really help me be successful."

Memory prepped at Tracy (Ca.) High School and was a standout on both sides of the ball, but made a name for him on the defensive side where he was an All-League defensive end for three years and was named the Defensive Player of the Year by two area publications.

"I was a lot smaller than I am right now," Memory said with a chuckle when asked why he made the switch to the offensive side of the ball. "I played at like 230 pounds back then, but after I graduated, I added 30 pounds of muscle in a year so I decided to move over to offense and now I'm up almost 70 pounds from when I graduated high school, so I would have been too big for defensive end."

He graduated in 2008, but failed to qualify due to a math class and he had planned to become a law enforcement officer, but because of the down economy he decided to give football a shot again.

"I came here to Delta because I had a lot of friends come here and it was a chance to play football again," Memory said. "I was all set to play last year and then I got injured in a motorcycle accident and tore my left rotator cuff. After I got healed, I started working out pretty hard and now I'm ready to go so I can show people what I can do and maybe someone will think I fit what they are looking for and offer me."

"Right now I bench 225 pounds 26 times, but I'm hoping to hit 28 when I max out here pretty soon," Memory said. "I also am repping 335 pounds 11 times on the squat and in the winter I ran a 4.86 forty time. Basically, all I have done for pretty much the last year is work out and get myself ready to play."

Besides working hard in the weight room, Memory has gotten it done in the classroom posting a 3.78 GPA and he will be done with his AA degree in December, allowing him to transfer with three years to play three wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Memory's progress and update news as it happens.

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