Man of Patience Leaves Mark

During the recruiting process Walt Stewart was a guy who beat the odds. A player who transferred from a city school (Franklin Heights) to one in the country (Teays Valley) was to leave the talented athlete lost in the shuffle.

But this was nothing new for Stewart, he learned growing up things don’t always happen the way you think they will.  With MAC and 1-AA programs calling, Stewart’s goal of playing for a BCS program didn’t look too promising.  But the ever polite Stewart knew something as great as being at a major college program wasn’t going to happen overnight and waited until he found the program that had the faith in his ability.


That patience paid off again Saturday as Stewart set aside his feelings to be part of the South squad despite not being selected for the Big 33 Game or the North – South Classic when the teams were named.


Ready To Attack The Backfield


Counting down the days until he was to report and start the next chapter in his life, Stewart received a call about being part of the South squad in the All-Star Classic.  With Louisville recruit Greg Scruggs joining other Cardinal recruits by not playing in any all-star games, South coaches hoped Stewart would be willing to stop his couple weeks of vacation to practice and be part of the team.


Walt & Family


“I didn’t understand why I hadn’t been selected to either team, Stewart said after the game.  “But when the call came and they asked if I had interest in playing I was very excited.  I called Coach Hinton and he gave me the go-ahead to play and then I learned I’d be playing next to J.K. and Evan and it became a very easy yes.”


Walt Being Held As He Was All Day


Just as he’d done during the recruiting process, Walt Stewart looked to make the most of his opportunity and by the end of the game he’d earn Defensive Player of the Game honors for the South team as he was constantly held while he was advancing into the North’s backfield.


You’ll be able to hear more from Walt Stewart, J.K. Schaffer and Evan Davis in a future story about the game.


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