Stephen gained 1,549 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior at Duquesne High. He was also voted the most valuable player in Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL). During his freshman year at WVU, he averaged 5.5 yards from the fullback position. He was considered the best outside running threat, a crazy-legged runner who contrasted with Ford, the fluid type. He ran a 4.7 40-yard dash. Coming out of his freshman year it was said that he needed experience.