Stewart Has Best Practice of Young Career

Demetri Stewart is the first member of the 2005 signing class to arrive on campus. Stewart enrolled this semester and has been participating in spring practices. Today Stewart felt he had his best practice of the spring.

Demetri Stewart is a 6-foot-3 and 208-pound linebacker from Northeast High School in Oakland Park (Fla.).

He made a formal announcement on November 3 that he would attend Miami. He chose Miami over a number of schools including Florida, Oklahoma, and Auburn.

Arriving on campus early was something Stewart wanted to do to help him with the adjustment period.

"It has helped me a lot," Stewart said. "It is better than having to learn on the fly over the summer. Now I am going to have a little step on everyone else."

One thing that has helped Stewart develop is the upperclassmen at the linebacker position. Miami returns seven linebackers this season including seniors Leon Williams and Roger McIntosh.

"They have been helping me a lot," Stewart said. "With Roger hurt, he is on the sidelines coaching. Everyone helps out and that is the thing around here."

Stewart is currently playing strongside linebacker--a position he played in high school where he averaged over 11 tackles per game.

"I like playing Sam," Stewart said. "I like covering the tight ends."

Stewart feels a lot more comfortable just two weeks into spring practices than the first practice.

"I feel like I have sped up a lot since the first practice," Stewart said. "Today I felt real well and made some tackles."

He felt today was the best practice he has had as a Hurricane although he did feel confident about his performance last Thursday during the scrimmage at Traz Powell.

"I think I did good at that practice too," Stewart said. "I think it was one of my best practices."

Although he has had some good practices he knows he has plenty of room to improve.

"I am trying to get off of the blocking," Stewart said. "Everything is a lot faster than in high school. I am trying to make plays without thinking--that is the main thing."

At 208 pounds, Stewart could benefit by adding more weight, but it is not a concern of his right now.

"I am trying to gain weight, but the weight will come with workouts," Stewart said. "Right now I am trying to get everything else down on the field."

Practice resumes tomorrow at 3 pm and with eight practices remaining Stewart wants to continue his development as a player.

"I don't want to go backwards with my development," Stewart said. "I am always trying to move forward every day."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted at stock@canestime.com

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