Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart Continues to Rise as Tide Rolls Over Trojans

ArDarius Stewart finished with career highs in touchdown receptions, receiving yardage and longest catch on Saturday night in the 52-6 dismantling of USC (no. 20, 0-1, 0-0) by Alabama (no. 1, 1-0, 0-0) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The redshirt junior wide receiver hauled in four passes for two scores and 113 yards along with 17 on the ground for a total of 130. Stewart fashioned his reputation as a big play receiver last season in some of the most crucial moments.

He has a penchant for performing in the clutch.  Consider the 29-yard acrobatic sideline reception as part of the fourth quarter come from behind winning drive in the Tennessee game.  The catch was part of his then career high 88 receiving yards.  Ardarius Stewart led the Tide with eight receptions and 81 yards along with the lone touchdown reception against Auburn.  He recorded two catches both for first downs in the National Championship contest against Clemson including another spectacular fourth quarter sideline grab to put Alabama in position for an eventual game-tying field goal. 

Number 13 has been good luck for the Tide.  His 63 receptions in 2015 placed him sixth in school history for a single season.  A total of 31 were for a first down or touchdown.  The prolific duo of Calvin Ridley and Stewart established unique milestones.  Ridley led the team with a freshman record 89 (2nd All-Time school single season) but Stewart had the most receptions for a second receiver on the team ever in a single season at The Capstone.    

The 6-1, 204 pound Fultondale HS product came to the rescue again Saturday evening against USC.  Bama’s offense was sputtering before true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts connected with Stewart on a 39-yard second quarter touchdown reception.  The barrage of scoring began with the first career toss for Hurts putting Alabama in the lead 7-3.

Stewart was not done for the evening.  A 71-yard catch and run from Hurts early in the third quarter at the 13:43 mark deflated the Trojans as the margin swelled to an insurmountable 24-3.  The reception is the longest passing touchdown and tied for the longest pass in an AdvoCare Classic game.  Look for Stewart to be on the receiving end of many more passes in the coming weeks especially if the game’s outcome is on the line.  The standout known for high pointing the ball continues to rise with each performance.  Saturday was his night, again. was there for the post game comments by the burgeoning star receiver following the convincing Alabama victory over USC.  


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