The former Mr. Tennessee Football pick from Maryville High School put up big numbers for his state championship teams at MHS. However, last fall he was out of the spotlight with his duties consisting of preparing the Auburn defense for the next week's opponents.
With spring training in full swing, Stewart is trying to show his position coach Eddie Gran, head coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Al Borges that he is ready for playing time in a backfield that includes three proven tailbacks in Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Tre Smith.
"It felt good to get back into the swing of things," Stewart says. "It was our first time as a team to get everything going full speed. I think overall we did pretty well."
Stewart says the execution in Saturday's scrimmage "was not perfect," but notes it was better than it had been in the previous practice. "We have come a long way in the first week," he adds.
The 6-1, 212-pounder carried the football 10 times for 38 yards and added 34 yards on four receptions as the Tigers had a lengthy scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He also scored the first touchdown of the day on a five-yard run at left tackle playing for the second offense.
The only major negative from the scrimmage for Stewart was a lost fumble, something that he notes Gran did not appreciate. "I made a mistake early and I just tried to make up for it after that," Stewart adds.
Carl Stewart has shown good power in his first week of spring workouts.
The big tailback had the most catches of anybody in the scrimmage and seeing the tailback as a featured receiver is a preview of coming attractions in the new system installed by Borges, Stewart notes.
"For every route the receiver has, the running backs definitely have a responsibility in the passing routes," Stewart says. "I think with the West Coast Offense we are going to have a lot more involvement in the passing game. I think that is a reflection of the new offense. I like it a lot. It helps keep us involved in the game--not just keeping us in as blockers on passing."