UTEP ITEM: Appointed UTEP's special teams captain for the 2009 season.
2008 (JUNIOR): Made seven starts at left corner while appearing in all 12 games ... tallied 38 tackles, a half-tackle for loss, two picks and five pass break-ups ... intercepted passes at Tulsa and against SMU ... deflected two passes - a career-high - versus the Mustangs ... tied his career-best with eight stops, including seven solos, at Houston ... had five tackles at East Carolina and four at Buffalo ... overall 24 of his 38 tackles were charted in road games ... registered a half-tackle for loss against Tulane.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 12 games, starting at right corner versus Texas Southern, SMU and Tulsa ... finished with 29 tackles (24 solo), including a tackle for loss, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery ... picked up eight tackles, all solos, against Tulsa ... had six solo stops at SMU ... posted five takedowns, including one for a loss, versus Texas Southern ... recovered a fumble against Southern Miss.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman ... recorded three tackles.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Listed as a Texas Top-300 player and one of the top 20 defensive backs in the state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine ... first team All-District 6-5A cornerback and second team All-District running back as a senior at South Grand Prairie High School ... rushed 67 times for 660 yards (9.9 avg.) and six TDs as a senior ... also amassed 22 tackles and a fumble recovery from his cover corner position ... second team All-District cornerback as a junior, tallying 30 stops and a 41-yard interception ... also ran for 208 yards on 25 attempts (8.3 avg.) with three touchdowns as a junior ... two-time All-Area cornerback (2004 and 2005) ... two-year varsity letterwinner for coach David Fisher ... member of a 10-2, district and bi-district title squad as a senior ... four-year track and field letterwinner, competing in the 100, 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
PERSONAL: Parents are Melvin, Sr. and Cheryl Stephenson ... has a sister and a half-brother ... cousin, Michael Huff, plays for the Oakland Raiders ... full name is Melvin Otis Stephenson II ... nickname is "Showtime" ... born 7/6/88 (Dallas, Texas) ... Electronic Media major.