Curtis Steele runs for 123 yards and Brandon Ross adds 111
Career Summary: Played in 26 career games...Had two solid seasons, logging 763 yards on 78 total catches...Totaled seven career TDs (3 recieving & 4 rushing)...Hauled in 12 receptions in '07 versus SMU, which ranks second all-time at Memphis...Totaled a career best 112 receiving yards against SMU...Caught a pass in 15 straight games between '07& '08
Notable: Signed with the Tigers in December 2006 from East Mississippi Community College and enrolled at the U of M for the spring semester.
2008 Highlights:Third on the team in receptions and fourth in receiving yards...Totaled 16 rushes for 81 yards and four TDs...Third on the team in rushing touchdowns with four...Tied for third on the team in scoring (36 pts) and tied for second in TDs with six (2 receiving, 4 rush)...Was 2-for-4 in pass completions for a total of 19 yards with a long of 15...Caught TD passes against UAB and SMU...Had one of his best games against Tulane, becoming first Tiger player to rush for three TDs in a game since 2006...Had a career high in rush attempts (6), rushing yards (38), long run (36) and touchdowns...Also logged two receptions for 27 yards...Scored first TD after taking direct snap and rolling off 36 yards into the end zone to begin 2nd quarter...Also scored on two- and one-yard runs...All three scores came off direct snaps...Received Black and Blue Award at team banquet for toughness on the field.
2007: Played every game, starting all but the Arkansas State contest...Averaged 36.7 yards receiving per game and 11.4 yards per reception...Finished the season fourth on the team in receiving yards with 477 and third in receptions with 42...Closed out the year on a 10-game receiving streak, and caught passes in every game but the Jacksonville State contest...Had multiple receptions in 10 of 13 games...Started his first game for the Tigers in the season opener against Ole Miss and caught three passes for 38 yards...Made two receptions for 22 yards against UCF...Led the team with 91 yards receiving on two catches versus ASU...Recorded his first touchdown on a career-high 80-yard reception from receiver Dave Thomas against ASU...The 80-yard reception was a season long for the Tigers...Caught three passes for 30 yards against Marshall...Upped his season high with six receptions against Rice for 61 yards...Totaled at least three receptions in the next three games versus Tulane, East Carolina and Southern Miss...Hauled in 12 receptions for 112 yards in the triple overtime win over SMU, both of which were career highs...The 12 receptions ranks one shy of the Memphis single-game record...Only had six carries on the year, but had a long run of 12 yards against Southern Miss.
Honors: Was presented one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Awards at the 2008 Blue-Gray Game...Received the first-ever offensive Top Newcomer Award at the 2007 Blue-Gray Game.
Junior College: Played the last two seasons at East Mississippi Community College...Totaled 30 receptions for 481 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore and was listed by Rivals.com as one of the top 100 junior college recruits...Part of an EMCC offense that ranked fifth in the MACJC, averaging 312 yards of total offense per game...Logged 152 yards receiving and two touchdowns on five catches in his final game of the 2006 season against Itawamba and was named the MACJC/Region 23 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts...Named to the MACJC North All-State second team in 2006...Totaled 30 receptions for 225 yards and three touchdowns in 2005.
Prep: Lettered at Vestavia Hills High School...Tallied 802 yards and seven touchdowns on 41 receptions and rolled off 126 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as a senior at VHHS...Also returned 17 kicks for 468 yards and two touchdowns and was a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 15 prospect in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com...Averaged 21.5 yards on his 87 catches and also totaled 12 career receiving scores during his career...Originally committed to Louisville out of high school before heading to East Mississippi Community College.
Personal: Steven Lynn Black is the son of Anita Black...Born December 11, 1986, in Birmingham, Ala....His cousin is Terrell Owens, who has played 12 seasons in the NFL...Black credits Owens for helping him decide on Memphis because Owens had played for Tommy West at Chattanooga.
Black's Career Receiving Statistics YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG 2007 13/12 42 477 11.4 1 80
Black's Career Highs Most Pass Receptions: 12 vs. SMU (`07) Most Yards Receiving: 112 vs. SMU (`07) Longest Pass Reception: 80 vs. Arkansas State (`07) Most Touchdown Receptions: 1 vs. Arkansas State (`07) Most Rushes: 2 vs Southern Miss (`07) Most Yards Rushing: 9 vs Southern Miss (`07) Longest Run: 12 vs Southern Miss (`07)