September 28, 2010

Stewart fired up for A&M-Ok. State game

The fans awaiting the Thursday night showdown between Texas A&M and Oklahoma State aren't just rabid followers of the two schools. They also include prospects across the state of Texas that are committed to each school in the class of 2011. Ironically enough, one school has prospects committed to each of the two schools.

Denton Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh and defensive end Jimmy Bean committed to Oklahoma State in February and cornerback Josh Stewart followed suit with a commitment to A&M in March. Since that time, Walsh and Stewart have traded playful barbs and jabs with each other over the state of the two programs. Now, everything comes to a head Thursday night not just in Stillwater but also at Walsh's house where there will be a game watching party not unlike those taking place at other venues across the Metroplex.

"We argue 24-7 about it!" said the 5 foot, 10-inch, 163 pound Stewart. "I think Jimmy is coming over too. It's going to be fun."

There was no hesitation in Stewart's response when asked who he thought was going to win the game.

"Yeah, A&M is going to kill them," he said. "I can't wait."

While there's a battle between friends on Thursday night, Guyer faces off against Coppell in a crucial District 7-5A contest the very next evening. Guyer is coming off a 50-7 win over Justin Northwest that didn't exactly leave them feeling like celebrating. Five starters were injured during the game including Walsh and receiver Quentin Gardener. Although Walsh is expected to return, Gardener's status is much more uncertain and he would be a big loss for 3-1 Wildcats (he already has 20 catches for 325 yards and three touchdowns receiving).

"We've got a lot injuries but they will be fine," said Stewart, "I doubt Quentin will be back. Hopefully he won't have surgery but we don't know yet."

Although Stewart is being recruited as a defensive back by A&M and is one of the better ones in the Metroplex (Stewart had five interceptions last season), he has played an important role on offense catching passes and special teams returning kicks. Stewart is second on the team in receiving with nine catches for 151 yards two touchdowns and he expects to play an even bigger role in this week's game.

"Whatever we have got to do to win, I'll do it," said. "I did good last week. I actually had a couple of big catches and tackles but it was a pretty average game for me."

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