Top 25 players in the Big 12: No. 19
Previous ranking: Stewart was No. 13 in the blog’s preseason list of the Big 12’s top 25 players.
Making the case for Stewart: Why did he drop? Injuries and uncertainty at quarterback played a major role.
The junior was less productive this season but just as explosive. He looked like the Big 12’s best player in OSU’s 24-10 win over TCU, just an example of his ability to impact games at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds. Going against one of the conference’s top secondaries, Stewart finished with 10 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown. And he added a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Horned Frogs.
With 60 receptions for 703 yards and three touchdowns, Stewart wasn’t the consistent force in 2013 that he was during his sophomore year (101 receptions, 1,210 yards, 7 TDs). Nonetheless, Big 12 coordinators didn’t like the thought of having to deal with the dynamic slot receiver and returner. Stewart’s quickness, competitiveness and ball skills made him one of the Big 12’s top receivers and top overall players.
The rest of the list:
- No. 20: Ryan Mueller, DE, Kansas State
- No. 21: Clint Chelf, QB, Oklahoma State
- No. 22: Jeremiah George, LB, Iowa State
- No. 23: Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma
- No. 24: Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State
- No. 25: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
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