UCLA -- Stephens figures to battle Michael Pitre and Dan Nelson for playing time at fullback ... Gained valuable experience a year ago and showed he can make an important contribution ... Has improved greatly as a blocker.
2005 -- Saw action in 11 of 12 games, missing only the game at Arizona ... Had one rushing attempt on the season against Oregon State and gained eight yards ... Had one reception for three yards at Washington State... Was a member of the special teams unit for extra points.
2004 -- Saw limited action as a second-year freshman ... Played late in the year on special teams ... Appeared in three games (San Diego State, California and Stanford) for one snap each at fullback.
2003 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Played three years of football at Bishop Montgomery HS in Torrance, CA for coaches Arnold Ale and Jimmy Sims ... Outstanding all-around athlete ... Played both defense (linebacker and end) and offense (tailback, fullback, tight end and wide receiver) in high school ... Earned first-team all-league honors for three straight seasons ... Named Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and team MVP as a senior ... Rushed for 427 yards and added 323 receiving yards as a senior and scored 12 touchdowns ... Had 74 tackles, one interception and four sacks on defense ... All-CIF middle blocker in volleyball and first-team All-Del Rey league as a junior ... Team Offensive Player of the Year for 2002.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: James Brett Stephens ... Born: January 17, 1985 in Torrance, CA ... Parents: Brett and Kathleen Stephens ... Has one brother, Eddie, and one sister, Lucy ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as returning an interception for a touchdown in the homecoming game of his sophomore season ... Tight end Jeremy Shockey of the NY Giants is the athlete he admires and after whom he patterns his style of play ... Hobbies include volleyball, billiards, ping-pong, weight-lifting ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2005 ... History major.