Tevita Stevens, C

School: Utah  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hemet, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 307 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Career Notes
All-conference candidate will start for his fourth season (second year at center) ... has played in all 39 games in his career with 36 starts at either right guard or center ... three-time academic all-conference player was first-team Academic All-Pac-12 in 2011.
2012 Season
Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... started in all 12 games ... handled every snap and led the line in total plays with 746 in the 11 games that were graded (the season finale against Colorado was not graded) ... second on the team in pancakes (7), cuts (8) and knockdowns (18) ... first-team Academic All-Pac-12...Four-year starting offensive lineman played center his junior and senior seasons and right guard his first two years ... played in all 51 games in his career, starting in the last 48 games ... four-time academic all-conference player was first-team Academic All-Pac-12 in 2011 and 2012.
2011 Season
Started all 13 games at center ... led the line in total plays (759) and `wins' (627) in the 12 games that were graded (bowl stats were not kept) ... second on the team in overall grade (83%) ... had team-high grades against ASU (76%), WSU (89%, tie) and Colorado (92%, tie) ... 92% grade (55-of-60) vs. CU tied for the best single-game effort of the season by a Ute offensive lineman ... Pac-12 All-Academic first team.
2010 Season
Started all 13 games, including 12 games at right guard and one game at center (New Mexico) ... second on the line in total plays (577) in the 10 games that were graded (no grades kept against Air Force, BYU or Boise State) ... 84% overall grade ... 17 cuts in 11 games ranked second on the team ... seven pancake blocks ... did not allowed a sack all season ... four cuts against Wyoming and three vs. Iowa State and SDSU ... Academic all-MWC.
2009 Season
Played in all 13 games at right guard with 10 starts ... lined up for 661 plays during the regular season (bowl stats were not kept) ... 24 cuts and six pancake blocks ... five cuts and two pancake blocks against New Mexico ... four cuts vs. Colorado State ... 97% grade against BYU ... Academic all-MWC.
2008 Season
Redshirt ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
High School
All-region and all-league offensive and defensive lineman ... captain's award recipient ... Hemet High (Calif.) offensive line MVP as a junior and senior ... played in the 2006 California Bowl ... Hemet won the Tri-League Championship two years ... helped Hemet to an 8-3 record in 2003 and 9-2 mark in 2004 ... also lettered four years in track and wrestled for a year ... all-league in track ... set the school record in the discus (132'10") ... also threw shot put ... three-year honor roll member ... received history award and President's academic award ... graduated with a 4.1 GPA.
Son of Ron and Telekaki Stevens ... father played tennis at USC ... four brothers ... brother Hamani plays center for Oregon ... brother Chris played linebacker at BYU ... cousin Sione Pouha (currently with the New York Jets) played at Utah ... scheduled to earn his bachelor's degree in Spanish in the fall ... full name Ronald Tevita Stevens (pronounced ta-vee-ta) ... born July 4, 1987.
Latest News
07/27/2012 - Top-five Utah prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. OC Tevita Stevens...While his Pac-12 counterpart Khaled Holmes from USC is nearly universally viewed as the top center prospect in not only the conference but the country, Stevens is quietly well regarded by talent evaluators, as well. Stevens, who is entering his fourth season as a starter, originally earned his way onto the field at right guard, playing in all 13 games and starting 10 in 2009. He didn't allow a single sack while starting all 13 games (12 at right guard, one at center) in 2010 and was asked to make the move to the pivot full-time as a junior, where he finished second behind only star offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom (selected by the Oakland Raiders in third round) with an 83% overall grade. Like the Trojans' Holmes, Stevens is at his best playing short-area football, as he lacks the top-notch athleticism that has helped the likes of Peter Konz and the Pouncey twins (among others) earn picks in the top two rounds of their respective drafts. Stevens has a wide lower half and uses his size and strength to consistently knock defenders on their heels at the snap, creating good running lanes for White to run through. He is alert in pass protection and plays with good knee bend, showing the ability to anchor against hard-charging linebackers, as well powerful interior defensive linemen. Likely to be viewed by some NFL scouts as a better fit back at right guard than center, Stevens ranks as one of the better and more underrated "second-tier" interior linemen I've scouted thus far this summer. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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