Started all 12 games at defensive tackle...named a team captain prior to the season and Team MVP at its conclusion...All-American Athletic Conference Second Team...participated in the 2014 Senior Bowl following the season...finished third on the team with 60 tackles, led UConn with 10 TFL and finished second with three sacks...had a career-high eight tackles vs. USF (Oct. 12)... had at least seven tackles on three other occasions...recorded 2.5 tackles for loss at Buffalo (Sept. 28)...also had two tackles for loss at SMU (Nov. 16).
Missed the first two games with an injury...Had a career-high seven tackles in season finale vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 1) with 1.5 tackles for a loss...Had five tackles vs. Buffalo (Sept. 29)...Also had three tackles against Western Michigan (Sept. 22), Temple (Oct. 13) and USF (Nov. 3).
Played in all 12 games ... Totaled 17 tackles - seven unassisted ... Made a career-high six tackles vs. West Virginia (Oct. 8) and also had two tackles vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 10) and Cincinnati (Dec. 3).
Made his first collegiate start in the third game of the season against Temple (Sept. 18) ... Was a regular member of the defensive front rotation all season ... Started five-straight games beginning with the Temple contest and then also started vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 11) and Syracuse (Nov. 20) ... Had a career-high five tackles in win over USF (Dec. 4) to conclude the regular season ... Also had four tackles against Temple ... Had two sacks on the season - one against Texas Southern (Sept. 11) and the other vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 2).
Redshirted ... Was named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week before the North Carolina (Sept. 12), West Virginia (Oct. 24) and Syracuse (Nov. 28) games.
Had 57 tackles in senior year with 12 sacks ... Had two blocked field goals ... Team captain ... Team went 7-2 in senior year ... Also played basketball ... First Team All-American Lutheran Team.
Shamar Irvin Stephen ... Born on February 25, 1991 ... An economics major.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 7/220 - Shamar Stephen, NT, 6-5, 313, Connecticut...A two-gap run-stopper who can occupy two defenders. Not known for being a quick pass rusher, but has a good bull rush for a player taken this low. Will compete for the backup nose tackle spot with 30-year-old Fred Evans. - The Sports Xchange