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Bengals Sign Stanford Defensive Tackle Terrence Stephens


Oct 8, 2011; Stanford CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive tackle Terrence Stephens (99) before a play against the Colorado Buffaloes during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated Colorado 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

According to Joe Reedy and Chris Babcock, the Cincinnati Bengals have signed former Stanford defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, who went undrafted last month, but was offered a tryout oppurtunity this weekend, and earned an invite to training camp.

The 6’2″ 305 lb lineman has been one of Stanford’s most vocal leaders. He was primarily used in Stanford’s run package as a run-suffer (think Pat Sims), often clogging the middle to free up teammates to make the play.

Stanford Athletics Profile

"2012 (SENIOR):Emotional senior leader for the defensive line played in 11 games and started seven…finished with 10 tackles including 3.0 for loss and a solo sack…tied up blockers in the middle of the defense to allow Cardinal linebackers to make plays in the nation’s top sacks (56) and tackles for loss (120) defense, often without his own statistics to show…played the game of his career on Senior Day in the regular season home finale at Stanford Stadium vs. Oregon State…made a career-high five tackles (four solo), two solo tackles for loss and an eight-yard sack that forced a Cody Vaz fumble in the comeback win against the Beavers…exploded through the line of scrimmage for a two-yard tackle for loss on the first defensive play of the game at Washington…earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention."

He was enjoying a solid senior season and looked to have solidified himself as at least a late-round prospect  but his stock took a hit when he was declared ineligible for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules related to his rental of off-campus housing. Those bowls are typically when scouts really watch for seniors like Stephens, as they know it will be their final collegiate game.

Stephens’ most memorable moment at Stanford came in the Cardinal’s epic 56-48 riple overtime victory at USC when he forced a Curtis McNeal fumble at the goal line, which was recovered by A.J. Tarpley in the end zone to end the epic showdown.

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