26  Curtis Steele
Curtis Steele

RS Senior

Franklin, TN

High School:
Centennial HS

Last College:
Northwest Miss. CC

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190





Memphis Postgame Notes vs Tulsa

Game 8 - vs Tulsa - October 31, 2014 - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Memphis, Tenn.


Memphis Postgame Notes vs Austin Peay


Memphis Postgame Notes vs Arkansas State

Game 3 - vs Arkansas State - September 21, 2013 - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Memphis, Tenn.


Named to 2009 All-C-USA first team...Played in 10 of 12 games with nine starts at running back...Awarded the team's Offensive Player of the Year award and was selected by his teammates as one of three permanent captains...Finished the season ranked first on the team in rushing yards (1,239), carries (198), average per carry (6.3), rushing touchdowns (15), points scored (96) and all purpose yards (1,362)...Ranked second on the team in total offense (1,239)...Finished career ranked third in school history with 2,462 career rushing yards...Tied DeAngelo Williams for the fastest Memphis back to 2,000 yards rushing with both accomplishing the feat in their first 21 games...Is the only two-year player on the Memphis top 10 career rushing leader chart...His 5.9 career rushing yard average ranked second in school history behind DeAngelo William's 6.2 average from 2002-05...Ranks fourth in career rushing touchdowns with 22 and in total touchdowns scored with 23...Ranks second all-time at Memphis with 12 career 100-yard rushing games...His 1,239 yards rushing in 2009 ranks fourth on the school season record chart...His six 100-yard games in 2009 ranks tied for fourth in school history in a single season...His 12 rushing touchdowns in 2009 ranks as the fifth highest in school history...His 13 total touchdowns on the year (12 rush, 1 rec.) ranks tied for fourth in school history and his 96 points ranks seventh...Ended his career tied for third with four-consecutive 100-yard rushing games...Had three career 200-yard rushing games (two in 2009), which ranks second in school history...Averaged 123.9 yards rushing per game and 136.2 all purpose yards...Scored rushing touchdowns in 12 of his last 16 games and scored 21 TDs in the span...Averaged 156.9 rushing yards in his last seven games with 12 touchdowns during the stretch...Led the team with 15 20-yard plus plays (14 rush, 1 rec.)...67 of his rush attempts went for first downs or touchdowns...Also had 18 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown...Rushed for a team high 90 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the season opener against Ole Miss...Second time he has scored two TDs in a game with the other being against Southern Miss last season...Rushed 12 yards for a touchdown with 6:10 remaining in the first quarter against Middle Tennessee...Had 29 yards rushing on five attempts before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury...Did not play against UT Martin and Marshall due to the injury...Returned against UCF and had 22 yards rushing on eight attempts...Also caught three receptions for 21 yards with a career long catch of 20 yards...Had a career high 240 yards rushing on 39 carries against UTEP...The 240 rushing yards ranks fourth all-time in school history and his 39 carries ranks in a tie for second...Named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance...Averaged 6.2 yards per carry and had his third career multi-touchdown game and second of the season...Scored three touchdowns against the Miners (2 rush, 1 receiving) that ties him for sixth all-time in school history for most TDs in a game...Caught his first career receiving touchdown on a two-yard pass from Will Hudgens...His 250 all-purpose yards in the game (240 rush, 10 rec) ranks 11th in school history...Converted five of the Tigers' 10 third down conversions and 13 of his runs resulted in a first down or a touchdown...Had his second-straight 100-yard rushing game with 136 yards on 24 carries against Southern Miss...Rushed for a season long 32 yards in the game...Had a career best four receptions for 30 yards and totaled 166 all-purpose yards...Rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries against East Carolina...Averaged 6.9 yards per carry against Tennessee and totaled 144 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns...11 of his 21 runs were for first down or a touchdown...Ran for over 100 yards for the second-straight game and fourth time in the last five contests with 107 yards rushing on 20 attempts against UAB...Also scored two touchdowns for the second-straight game and totaled 135 all-purpose yards...Had his third-straight multiple touchdown game and 100-yard rushing game with 160 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries against Houston...Also had two receptions for seven yards...Logged his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game and sixth in the last seven games with 232 yards on 19 carries against Tulsa...Also had his four-straight multiple touchdown game with a career best four rushing TDs, which ties a school record for most rushing scores in a game...Had career long touchdown runs of 59 and 77 yards...Tulsa entered the final game of the season allowing just five rushing touchdowns in its previous 11 games...His 12.2 rushing average in the game ranks as the third highest in school history...The 232 rushing yards ranks as the seventh highest in school history and the 257 all-purpose yards ranks eighth...Scored three of his touchdowns in the second half...Also had two receptions for 25 yards.


Was named the 2008 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year, in addition to being an All-C-USA second-team selection...Named the Offensive Player of the Year at the team banquet...Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at running back...Did not start against Marshall as Memphis went with four receivers to start the game...Is only the fourth different Tiger to reach the 1,000 yard rushing mark in a season...His 1,223 yards rushing on the season ranks fourth all-time at Memphis behind only DeAngelo Williams...Scored six rushing touchdowns in the last six games...Finished the season ranked 33rd nationally in rushing yards per game (94.1) and 68th in all-purpose yards (112.3)...Ranked fourth in C-USA in rushing and ninth in all-purpose yards...Led the team in rushing (1,223), rush attempts (218), rushing touchdowns (7) and scoring by a non-kicker with 42 points...Totaled six 100-yard rushing games in 2008, which ranks tied for fourth at Memphis in both career and in a single season...His 218 carries ranks sixth in Tiger history...Averaged 105.8 yards rushing in the last 10 games, with all six 100-yard performances occurring in the stretch...Logged three consecutive 100-yard games versus Nicholls State, Arkansas State and UAB...Tallied a career-high 203 yards versus ASU...Scored in five of the last six games of the season...Made 20 or more carries in four games...Was in on two highly-successful "hook-and-ladder" plays during the season...Both plays resulted in gains of more than 40 yards...Registered eight carries of 20 or more yards...Started in his first appearance with Memphis versus Ole Miss, and led the team with 83 rushing yards on 15 attempts...Tallied 45 yards on five carries in the fourth quarter on a 66-yard touchdown drive...Five of his 15 carries resulted in a first down...Posted 12 carries for 44 yards against Rice...Recorded his first reception for Memphis for a 19-yard gain...Logged his first career game over the century mark with 109 yards on 20 carries versus Nicholls State...Against Arkansas State, rushed for 203 yards on 22 carries for his second consecutive game over 100 yards...Was the first Memphis back to rush for over 200 yards since DeAngelo Williams in 2005...Had a career best 46-yard carry in the third quarter, which was the longest run from scrimmage since Williams in 2005...Marked the first time since 2005 that a Tiger back has rushed for back-to-back 100-yard games...Rushed for his first touchdown as a Tiger on a two-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the fourth quarter...Averaged 9.2 yards per carry...Seven of his 22 rush attempts were for 10 yards or more....Also had a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter that led to a Memphis field goal....Ten of his 22 rushes resulted in first downs...Rushed for 16 yards on a 3rd-and-10 in the Tigers' opening touchdown drive...Ran for 133 yards in the second half on 12 carries...Rushed for over 100 yards for the third-straight game with 101 yards rushing on 14 carries versus UAB...Had long runs of 27 and 28 yards in the contest...Led the team with 80 yards rushing on 16 attempts versus Louisville...Also matched a season high with a 19-yard reception...Responsible for five first downs in the game...Ran for 43 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries versus East Carolina...Also totaled a career-high 27 yards receiving on four catches with a long of 16 yards...Took a direct snap and scored on a four-yard scamper in the first quarter for his second career rushing touchdown...Returned a kickoff for 18 yards in the fourth quarter...Rushed for a career-high two touchdowns with 178 yards on 29 attempts against Southern Miss...Both touchdowns came in the fourth quarter to help secure the Tigers' six-point lead, including an eventual game-winning touchdown carry for 22 yards with 1:24 left in the game...Amassed 237 all-purpose yards in the contest, which ranks tied for 12th all-time at Memphis and is the most since the DeAngelo Williams era ended in 2005...Also amassed 59 yards receiving on a hook-and-ladder in the first quarter that led to a Memphis touchdown and a 14-0 lead for the Tigers to start the game...Averaged 6.1 yards per carry en route to his second highest rush total of his career...Amassed 126 of his rushing yards in the second half with 80 yards on 12 carries coming in the fourth quarter and most taken on direct snaps...Named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week following the USM game...Again logged back-to-back games over 100 yards with 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts versus SMU...Put the first points on the board with a two-yard TD in the first quarter...His four-yard gain to begin the second half gave him over 1,000 yards on the season...Teamed with Brandon Ross for the first 100-yard rushing duo at Memphis since 2005...Ran for a game-high 35 yards on the first Memphis offensive play in the game in a Tiger scoring drive...Also returned a kickoff 32 yards in the first quarter...Left the game early in the second half with a hamstring injury...Versus UCF, posted 38 yards rushing on 15 attempts...Scored a touchdown for the fourth-straight game, when he took the direct snap and rushed two yards for a touchdown in the third quarter...Led the team with 135 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 attempts with a touchdown...Averaged 5.9 yards per carry...Nine of his 22 carries were for first downs or a touchdown...Scored for the fifth-straight game in the first quarter on a nine-yard run...Gained 48 yards on 12 carries in the St. Petersburg Bowl...Four of his carries resulted in first-down yardage...Caught one pass for a six-yard gain...Also credited with 43 receiving yards on the hook-and-ladder in the third quarter to get Memphis into USF territory...Received one of the Glenn Jones Awards at the 2009 Blue-Gray Game in the spring.


Speedy back who redshirted in 2007 to continue to learn the offensive scheme and to give the Tigers an additional running threat in `08 and `09...Has great speed and agility and was a vital member of the offensive scout team in 2007...Named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year at the postseason team banquet...Was listed as the No. 1 back during the spring and earned the Top Newcomer Award for his efforts...Rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the 2008 Blue-Gray Game en route to being named the Offensive MVP of the scrimmage.

Academic Highlights:

Was a member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for the spring 2009 semester.

Junior College:

Played two seasons at Northwest Mississippi CC for coach Randy Pippin...Started all nine of the games he played in 2006...Totaled 551 yards and five touchdowns on 75 carries as a sophomore and was ranked 11th in Region 23 in rushing...Was part of a squad that ranked second in the MACJC/Region 23 in rushing yards...Also caught 13 passes for 62 yards in 2006...Ranked second on the squad in all-purpose yards and scoring...Rushed for a season-high 172 yards and one touchdown against East Mississippi Community College...Rolled off 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns versus Northeast Mississippi Community College...Scored a touchdown for the North squad in the Mississippi All-Star game...Helped the Rangers to a 6-4 record and their first MACJC North division championship since 2003.


Lettered for Coach Greg Gregory at Centennial High...Named first-team All-State and All-Region as a junior and senior...Set the CHS record for rushing yards in a season with 1,610...Registered 17 touchdowns as a senior...Had his best game against Dickson County, rushing for 209 yards and four touchdowns...Also lettered in track.


Curtis Devon Steele is the son of Carl D. Steele...Born March 24, 1987, in Franklin, Tenn.

Steele's Career Rushing Statistics
2008 13/12 218 1,223 5.6 7 46
2009 10/9 198 1,239 6.3 15 77
TOTAL 23/21 416 2,462 5.9 22 77

Steele's Career Highs
Rushing Yards 240 (vs. UTEP 2009)
Rushing Attempts 39 (vs. UTEP 2009)
Long Run 77 (at Tulsa 2009)
Rushing Touchdowns 4 (at Tulsa 2009)
Receptions 4 (at Southern Miss 2009)
Receiving Yards 59 (Southern Miss 2008)
Long Reception 20 (at UCF 2009)
Receiving Touchdowns 1 (vs. UTEP 2009)

Steele's Game-By Game
Rushing Opponent NO YDS AVG TDS LG
8/30/08* Ole Miss 15 83 5.5 0 25
9/6/08* Rice 12 44 3.7 0 11
9/13/08 Marshall 7 38 5.4 0 10
9/20/08* Nicholls State 20 109 5.5 0 11
9/27/08* Arkansas St. 22 203 9.2 1 46
10/2/08* UAB 14 101 7.2 0 28
10/10/08* Louisville 16 80 5.0 0 16
10/18/08* East Carolina 14 43 3.1 1 10
10/25/08* Southern Miss 29 178 6.1 2 22
11/8/08* SMU 19 123 6.5 1 35
11/22/08* UCF 15 38 2.5 1 10
11/29/08* Tulane 23 135 5.9 1 20
12/20/08* USF 12 48 4.0 0 13
9/6/09* Ole Miss 19 90 4.7 2 28
9/12/09* MTSU 5 29 5.8 1 15
9/19/09 UT Martin INJ
9/26/09 Marshall INJ
10/3/09 UCF 8 22 2.8 0 5
10/10/09* UTEP 39 240 6.2 2 23
10/17/09* Southern Miss 24 136 5.7 0 32
10/27/09* East Carolina 15 79 5.3 0 16
11/7/09* Tennessee 21 144 6.9 2 21
11/14/09* UAB 20 107 5.4 2 26
11/21/09* Houston 28 160 5.7 2 25
11/27/09* Tulsa 19 232 12.2 4 77

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