Has been plagued with injury over the past 14 months ... Had knee surgery followed by surgery to remove a cyst in his calf ... Was held out of spring of 2002 so he could continue his rehabilitation ... Is expected back for fall camp ... 2001: Had surgery for the removal of a cyst in his left calf and missed the entire 2001 season ... Spent his time rehabbing his knee and leg ... Worked as the number one fullback in spring practice ... Had eight carries for 26 yards in the spring scrimmages ... Had knee surgery following spring practice of 2001 and missed the early part of fall camp ...... 2000: Was the Tigers starter at fullback in 2000 ... Started just two games due to the Tiger two tight end sets ... Worked as both a tailback and fullback in 2000 ... Rushed 10 times for 22 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in the season opener against Mississippi State ... Had seven carries for 19 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers win over Louisiana-Monroe ... The scores were the first of his career ... Had a season and career high 19 rushes for 66 yards and one touchdown in the Memphis win over Army at West Point ... Also added a career high four pass receptions for 14 yards against the Cadets ... Tallied 38 yards on 14 attempts against Southern Miss ... Finished the season with 65 rushes for 174 yards and three touchdowns ... Was the U of M's second leading rusher for 2000 ... Also totaled 10 pass receptions for 53 yards ... Worked as a kickoff return man on special teams and was the Tigers' second leading returner in 2000 ... Had a season high three kickoff returns for 52 yards in the UAB game ... Finished the season with seven returns for 105 yards ... Had a long return of 24 yards in the Mississippi State and Arkansas State games ... Was ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 332 ... Received the 2000 Chris Faros Most Improved Player Award in the spring of 2000 ... Worked as both a fullback and tailback ... Was expected to be the Tigers' starter at fullback this fall ... Had 31 rushes for 105 yards in spring scrimmages and caught six passes for 37 yards ... Received a Winter/Spring Performance Award in 2000 ... 1999: Earned his first varsity letter while playing in 10 of the Tigers' 11 games in 1999 ... Worked as a member of the Memphis special teams in all 10 contests but saw backfield duty in two of the games ... Was named the Memphis Special Teams Player of the Game for his work against Mississippi State ... Recorded the team's first blocked kick of the season when he blocked a Bulldog punt ... Worked as a fullback in the Arkansas State and Tulane victories ... Was used as a blocking back and did not register a carry or pass reception ... Participated on all of the Tiger return and cover special teams ... Came out of spring drills as a backup at the "B" back position ... Will work with seniors Rashad Bailey and Brandon Tucker at the fullback slot ... Has good speed for a big back and could be used as a tailback ... Was the fourth leading rusher in the spring scrimmages ... Totaled 35 carries for 99 yards in the spring ...1998: Was redshirted during the '98 season ... Spent the fall working with the offensive scout team ... Worked as both a fullback and tailback ... Prep: Rushed for 1,761 yards in 1997 ... Caught 23 passes for 360 yards and threw one touchdown pass ... Led his team to its third state championship in four years ... Bishop Lynch's four year 5A record in football was 39-10... Was named the MVP of both the state semifinals and the championship game in 1997 ... Set school record for rushing yards in a game with 278 ... Was an all-district, district MVP, all-region and Blue Chip All-State selection in 1997 ... Listed by Max Emfinger as the number nine power back in the Southeast ... Career statistics read 2,775 rushing with 30 touchdowns, 330 yards receiving and 41 total career scores ... Lettered in track as a shot putter ... Also lettered in baseball and weightlifting ... Was a member of Bishop Lynch's competitive powerlifting team ... Bench presses 340, squats 550 and dead lifts 575 ... Is related to Damron Lewis (Miami), Kwasei Palmer (Florida State), McClinton Neal (1992 Olympics) and Loyd Lewis (CFL) ... Played football for coach Bill Persinger at Bishop Lynch ... Born: 9/17/79 ... Is the son of Darial and Cheryle Epting .