2010 All-Big 12 second team (AP)... All-Big 12 second team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)... All-Big 12 second team (Columbia Tribune)... named All-Big 12 honorable mention (Coaches)... NCAA RANKINGS: 16th in all-purpose yards per game (150.08)... 55th in kickoff return yards per game (24.3)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: second in all-purpose yards per game (150.1)... third in kickoff return average (24.3)... TEXAS TECH RECORD BOOK: owns Tech career kickoff return record (76)... owns Tech career kickoff return yardage record (1,894 - 76 returns)... owns Tech single-season kickoff return record (44)... owns Tech single-season kickoff return yardage record (1,071 - 44 returns)... owns Tech single-season kickoff return yards by a sophomore (1,071)... owns Tech single-game kickoff return yardage record by a sophomore (175, at New Mexico)... ranks fifth on Tech single-season all-purpose yardage list (1,951)... BIG 12 RECORD BOOK: ranks seventh on Big 12 career kick returns list (76)... ranks eighth on Big 12 career kickoff return average list (24.9 avg.)... played in 13 games (4 starts) with 127 carries and 668 rushing yards (5.3 avg.) and led team with six rushing touchdowns on the season... averaged 51.4 yards rushing per game... led all Tech running backs with 33 receptions with 212 receiving yards (6.4 avg.) and set school records with 44 kick returns and 1,071 kickoff return yards (24.3 avg.)... led team with 1,951 all-purpose yards and with an average of 150.1 all-purpose yards per game... had 10 games with at least 100 all-purpose yards - 16 during career... finished with over 100 all-purpose yards in 12 of last 15 games played dating back to 2009... made 14 carries for a career-high 126 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown in the third quarter... also caught five passes for 19 yards and returned four kickoffs for 82 yards while tallying 227 all-purpose yards against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl (1/1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas... 86-yard TD run marked the seventh longest touchdown run in Texas Tech history and the longest TD run by a Red Raider since Ansel Cole ran for an 87-yard TD against Tulsa in 1983... TD run is the second longest run in Cotton Bowl Stadium history and is the longest TD run for a Red Raider in a bowl game in school history... 86-yard TD run is the longest touchdown run by a Big 12 player this season... 126 rushing yards are the most by a Red Raider in a bowl game since 1995 (Byron Hanspard, 260 - vs. Air Force - Copper Bowl)... 9.0 yards per rush in the TicketCity Bowl is the highest average by a Red Raider in a bowl game since 1995 (Byron Hanspard, 10.8 avg - vs. Air Force - Copper Bowl)... 227 all-purpose yards against Northwestern are the most by a Red Raider in a bowl game since 1995 (Byron Hanspard, 278 - vs. Air Force - Copper Bowl)... made six carries for 29 yards with one rushing touchdown against Houston (11/27)... finished with 101 all-purpose yards (23 rushing, 4 receiving, 74 kick return) against Cougars... rushed seven times for 31 yards and made one kick return for 25 yards against Weber State (11/20)... on first kick return at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13) broke school's single-season kick return record with 33rd kick return of the season... rushed 11 times for 40 yards, caught one pass for five yards and returned four kickoffs for 65 yards against the Sooners... on third kick return against No. 14 Missouri (11/6), broke school's all-time single-season kick-return yardage record with 825 yards... the record was set the previous season by Stephens on the same amount of returns (32) with 823 yards during freshman season... rushed twice for 11 yards, caught one pass for two yards and returned three kicks for 85 yards to break single-season record... led team with 47 yards rushing on 10 carries, added 22 yards receiving with four catches and had 94 yards on three kick returns for a team-leading 163 all-purpose yards at Texas A&M (10/30)... broke school's all-time career kick return record at Colorado (10/23) on second kick return... broke College Football Hall of Famer Donny Anderson's all-time record of 56 career kick-off returns (1963-65)... finished with 94 yards rushing on 15 carries at Colorado (10/23)... made three kick returns for 50 yards at Colorado... finished with 144 all-purpose yards against Buffaloes... tallied 15 carries with 99 yards rushing and posted 200 all-purpose yards with 24 yards receiving (four catches) and 77 kick-return yards against No. 18 Oklahoma State (10/16)... broke school's all-time career kick-off return yardage record after posting 37 kick-return yards against Baylor at the Cotton Bowl, moving past college football hall of famer Donny Anderson (1,309 - 1963-65, 56 returns)... Needed only 52 career returns to break all-time kick-return yardage mark... led team with 143 all-purpose yards against Baylor, including 52 rushing yards (14 rushes), 54 yards receiving (seven catches) and 37 kick-return yards (2 returns)... owns 10 career games with at least 100 all-purpose yards... had 59 yards rushing on 10 carries, 27 yards receiving on four catches and had 111 yards on five kick returns for 195 all-purpose yards at Iowa State (10/2)... had streak of four consecutive games with at least 100 all-purpose yards snapped against No. 4 Texas (9/18) with 74 kick-return yards, 12 receiving yards and seven rushing yards for 93 total all-purpose yards... had 175 kick return yards, 46 yards rushing (10 carries), including one rushing touchdown, and 43 yards receiving (three catches) for 264 all-purpose yards at New Mexico (9/11)... 175 kick-return yards are second most during career (school-record 182 at Texas - 2009)... return yards at New Mexico break school record for a sophomore in a single-game... posted a career-long 93-yard kick return midway through the first quarter to the Lobos 7-yard line... named a Big 12 Conference Player of the Week (special teams) following week two... marks eighth career and fourth consecutive game (dating back to 2009) with at least 100 all-purpose yards... carried nine times for 35 yards with one rushing touchdown and returned five kickoffs for 122 yards (24.4 avg) for a team-leading 157 all-purpose yards in the season opener against SMU (9/5).
2009 Totaled 136 all-purpose yards in the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State ... rushed four times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards ... also returned three kickoffs 72 yards ... set the single-season school kick return yardage record against Baylor ... finished the game with 179 all-purpose yards, including 137 kick return yards ... rushed five times for 37 yards and a 7.4 yard average ... also caught two passes ... broke the Tech freshman record for kick returns against Oklahoma ... broke the old mark of 606, set by Ivory McCann in 2001 ... carried the ball eight times for 46 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Sooners ... caught an 11-yard reception and rushed twice for 18 yards at Oklahoma State ... also returned two kickoffs 42 yards ... rushed six times for 17 yards in the win over Kansas ... returned two kickoffs 41 yards ... had a 37 yard kickoff return against Texas A&M ... returned a kickoff 40 yards in the fourth quarter to set up Tech's final score at Nebraska ... had 101 all-purpose yards in the win over Kansas State ... rushed five times for 34 yards and returned two kickoffs 49 yards ... also had three receptions for 18 yards ... returned one kickoff 20 yards in the win over New Mexico ... rolled up 124 all-purpose yards at Houston, including 93 on five kick returns ... rushed five times for 20 yards and caught an 11-yard pass ... made his first career start against Texas and set a new school record with 182 kickoff return yards ... scored first touchdown on a 34 yard reception against the Owls ... rushed for 17 yards and had a kick return of 54 yards against Rice.
HIGH SCHOOL Four-star (Rivals.com) all-purpose back from Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas ... PrepStar Top 250 All-American ... ranked among Rivals.com Rivals250 ... No. 4 Best-in-Space running back nationally, per Rivals.com ... No. 6 all-purpose back nationally, according to Rivals.com ... No. 21 on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list ... No. 50 player on the Superprep Texas 111 ... slippery, elusive back ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40 ... 3.9 shuttle time ... rushed for 1,000+ yards each of the last three seasons, including a 1,906-yard effort as a junior ... accounted for 52 rushing scores in four years, including 19 during senior season ... caught 28 passes for 297 yards in 2008 ... Class 4A All-State honorable mention ... District 8-4A first team ... elusive, shifty runner ... possesses tremendous strength with a 355-pound bench and 650-pound squat ... solid hands out of the backfield ... also offered by Vanderbilt, Buffalo, Boise State, Duke, Houston and Minnesota ... High School Coach: Terry Cron.
PERSONAL Eric Stephens Jr. ... born February 20, 1991 in Marshall, Texas ... son of Eric Stephens Sr. and Tonia Cleaver ... has three siblings ... majoring in human sciences.