Arena Football League Los Angeles KISS

It’s DJ Stephens’ Time to Shine

The Los Angeles KISS know that they have a huge void to fill now that Donovan “Captain” Morgan has decided to hang up his cleats. The wide receiver was not only one of the best wide receivers in AFL history, but the impact that he made as a football player and leader will be deeply missed. Morgan ranked third in the league in touchdowns last season, and he ranked fifth in receiving yards.

Morgan is the single-season and career leader in all three major receiving categories for the KISS. He has the fifth most touchdowns of any other receiver in AFL history, and he’s scored a touchdown in all but two games he’s been in an LA KISS uniform.

Now that Morgan is gone, there is obviously a big hole at the receiver position that needs to be filled. While the KISS will most certainly look for potential replacements during the off season, they already have one player that has the potential to pick up where Morgan left off.

D.J. Stephens is a wide receiver that was one of the many players to come over from the folded San Jose SaberCats. Stephens started his AFL career with the San Antonio Talons, before he made his way over to San Jose where he won his first ever ArenaBowl. Stephens was LA’s second leading receiver, behind Morgan. Stephens played in 13 games last season, where he caught 77 passes for 915 yards and 16 touchdowns.

His yards per catch average was 11.9, which was the second best total on the team. Stephens had a fantastic season with the Talons in 2014, as he caught 66 passes for 938 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has caught 165 passes for 2,357 yards and 41 touchdowns over his five-year career. He is one of the most athletic players that the KISS have ever had, as his ability to play both sides of the ball, and his ability to return kicks make him an intriguing athlete.

Stephens has put up solid number throughout his career, and he did a solid job of producing even though he lined up opposite to Morgan last season. It would be optimal for the KISS to find another receiver to pair with Stephens, but he definitely possesses the skills and athleticism to be a number one receiver. While he’ll have big shoes to fill, Stephens has the chance to prove himself if he has a strong season next year.

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