Jonathan Stewart is here!
how does the offense feel going into the seahawks game?
The offense is pretty confident. Even though we didn't come away with a win, there are still somethings that we can build upon. The run game went well, the passing attack was on point. From an offensive standpoint, we're feeling good.
Who wins and by what score between Oregon-Oregon State this season?
Uhhh, duh. Oregon!
what are your memories from the rivalry games in college?
The week leading up to the game, the talk of the history behind the game. That's during the time you hear about the legends of the game and who have had good games. The history. The whole lead into the game.
How much video game playing do you do?
In the last year or so, I haven't played as much as I have in the past. I just started playing Madden for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been into video games as much as in the psat.
How does the increased speed of the game affect rookies coming in?
I think it effects them, just because they're not sure what to expect. They might expect too much and try to do too much. When you're an athlete, you do a little bit more than you need or you're a bit behind. With reps and games, you become accustomed to the game speed. The holes close out fast. You just have to be decisive.
Best memory from your years at Oreg?
Hmmmmm.....I would have to say my last year, when we beat USC. It was just a big game, both teams were highly ranked. The whole national championship and expectations were on the line. We came away with the win. It was just good to be a part of that.
How is it sharing the backfield with DeAngelo, and what makes you such an unselfish player?
Playing football is a team sport. It's something natural you bring to the game, being unselfish. Understanding your role and what the coaches want you to do. Me and DeAngelo understand that. It's been a blessing. He could have been a certain way toward me, but he opened his arms and welcomed me.
What's the most difficult part about your position?
I don't know...I guess it would be anticipating where the ball is going to end up. Just not rushing things and let it develop.
Hi Jonathan. I know you wore the number 28 in college, like you do now...Why do yo u like to wear #28?
When I was in high school, I had the number as well. I wore it then because of Warrick Dunn. He was a smaller running back. At the time in high school, I was undersized. I looked to Dunn as the back that was undersized and good. I've worn it since.
What's something memorable Steve Smith has said to you?
He's said a lot of things. It's fun playing with him. There are a lot of good things that you can take from him. He's a future hall of famer. The way he plays the game is inspiring to watch. Being on the same field for him is good enough. It's more than words.
how nasty did those rivalry games get on the field?
I'm pretty sure a lot of players were trash talking. It was probably more so in the rivalry games. I really didn't partake in too much of it.
Who the toughest linebacker you've faced to meet up with in a hole?
Good question...there are a lot of good LBs out there.
Do you think a two back system is a must in the NFL?
Yeah, it's better to have two fresh RBs and to have 50/50 split. That's pretty much our whole two-back system. Having two backs that are 100% fresh and ready to go.
It gives defenses a hard time to strategize around.
What's it like to play with cam newton?
He's brought a lot to the team. He's a good athlete. He's proven to be an elite QB since his rookie season. It's been great to see him grow as a player.
Jonathan, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Not really. I just pray before the game. That's about it. I'm not really a ritual guy.
How big is the transition from College to the NFL?. i could never really figure it out. College football seems just as intense and hard hitting. Is there really that big of a difference?
The only transition is the speed of the game. It's a lot different than in college. When it comes to the hitting, you could argue that it's the same in my eyes.
With the team having some close games, what do you feel as a team you need to do to seal the deal and get the W in future games this season?
Just having everyone do their jobs to wrap the game up and focus on finishing the game. It's cliche, but that's the answer.
Who is your favorite former Duck that you have played against in the NFL?
Jared Byrd. He was my roommate in college. I played against him in my second or third year. He was with the Bills.
The team is going to get things rolling. Panther fans don't worry. Oregon fans, keep it going!