Friday, December 21, 2012
Stanford's Stephens will miss Rose Bowl
By Kevin Gemmell
Stanford will be without starting defensive tackle Terrence Stephens for the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio because of a secondary violation of NCAA rules regarding his rental of off-campus housing, the school announced Friday.
Stephens missed the regular season finale and the Pac-12 championship game -- both victories over UCLA -- for what the school had previously characterized an unspecified "personal problem."
While Stephens doesn't make much of a statistical impact, he's a huge part of the defense. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder anchors the Stanford line and is often called upon to handle double and triple teams that allows his teammates to make plays. He has 10 tackles on the season with a pair of sacks and he's also forced a fumble.
Stanford faces Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
David Parry stepped in for Stephens and in the first game against UCLA, he had five solo tackles, a sack and he knocked down a pass. He posted one tackle in the Pac-12 championship game.