| Chad Stevens
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Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair)
Versatile and talented four-year player who returned to tight end for the 2002 season after spending the better part of the previous two seasons at fullback ... played in 45 career games (with nine starting assignments) including three bowl games (2000 Cotton Bowl; 2000-01 Holiday Bowls) ... recorded seven career- catches for 44 yards and a TD ... also served as the Longhorns' FG/PAT snapper during his last three seasons ... saw action in the first six games of 2002 at both tight end and deep snapper, starting three at tight end, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury prior to the Kansas State game ... shared UT's Most Improved Offensive Player award in 2002 ... also tabbed the 2002 Longhorns Club Sportsmanship Award ... saw action in all 13 games in 2001 as UT's FG/PAT snapper and as Matt Trissel's backup at fullback ... started the 2000 season as the backup at fullback but was moved to tight end due to injuries at that spot ... started the final three games of the year at tight end and played in all 12 contests overall ... worked as a backup fullback as a true freshman in 1999 ... made an impact on special teams that season.
Played in the first six games, including three starts at tight end, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury prior to the Kansas State game ... also served as the team's FG/PAT deep snapper before the injury ... shared UT's Most Improved Offensive Player Award and tabbed the Longhorns Club Sportsmanship Award winner ... caught five passes for 21 yards and a TD ... had a career-high two receptions, including a 10-yard TD (first TD of career), at North Carolina ... also had catches at Tulane, against Houston and in the season opener against North Texas ... helped PK Dusty Mangum connect on all 26 of his extra point attempts and 7-of-13 field goals in the first six games.
Played in all 13 games, including the Holiday Bowl, as the Longhorns' FG/PAT snapper ... UT converted 56-of-57 extra points and 16-of-23 field goals ... also saw action as Matt Trissel's backup at fullback.
Appeared in all 12 contests, including the Holiday Bowl, and started the final three at tight end ... began the year as a reserve fullback but was moved to tight end due to injuries at that position ... served on the Horns' FG/PAT units as the snapper and was the backup deep snapper for punts ... had a 3-yard reception against No. 8 Oregon in the Holiday Bowl ... caught a 20-yard pass against No. 10 Oklahoma.
Played in all 14 games, including the Cotton Bowl, as a true freshman, primarily on special teams ... began the season at tight end and played that spot through the first nine games ... moved to fullback in the 10th game of the year ... spent time on the kickoff return, field goal, PAT and punt coverage units during the season.
Coached by Ronnie Peacock at Cy-Fair High ... a second-team Texas 5A all-state (Texas Sportswriters Association) tight end in 1998 ... a two-time first-team all-district selection at TE ... finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year award as a senior ... caught 40 passes for 457 yards and five TDs while posting 60 pancake blocks during his career ... caught 16 passes for 307 yards and three TDs in 1998 ... posted 37 pancake blocks, scored six two-point conversions and helped lead his team to a 10-2 record as a senior ... caught 18 passes for 212 yards and two TDs as a junior ... served as his team's deep snapper from the eighth grade on ... also was a track standout who earned all-district honors in the discus.
Born 7/11/80 in Lake Charles, La ... full name is Chad Lawrence Stevens ... lived in Westlake, La. (1980-85) and Lake Arthur, La. (1985-88) before moving to Cypress ... father, Homer, played football at McNeese State (1973-77) ... majored in corporate communications ... earned a spot on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in spring 2001 ... named to the Fall 2000 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... was active in the Longhorns' community service program and was a regular visitor at the Austin Children's Hospital ... served as an officer in PALS (Peer Assistance and Leadership Service) in high school ... also volunteered as a youth mentor and at nursing homes.