Stewart Expects Help On Both Sides Of Ball

There is no doubt that despite being a junior and still seeming very young, talented inside receiver Josh Stewart has become one of the primary faces of the Oklahoma State football program. Stewart is the exact opposite of a "Johnny Football" kind of star for the Cowboys.

He has survived the loss of his mother at an early age, survived Hurricane Katrina and the move to Denton, Texas, and he has grown up and matured into a leader for his teammates.

Stewart may have caught 101 passes for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns last season but he is also responsible for influencing teammates to do the right things on and off the field. He also represents OSU very well in public and in front of cameras and microphones as he did last week at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days.

Stewart cited two players he feels will really help the team this coming season, one on each side the ball. On offense it is a fellow Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex receiver in Ra'Shaad Samples.

"He's my guy," said Stewart. "I've been working with him and showing him the offense and helping him out. He has a lot of speed and he's smart football-wise and runs good routes. He is going to be a player that helps out."

You can almost picture Stewart and Samples in the slot. Both have speed and some of those make-you-miss moves making it hard on defenders. Samples has been a player who has universally impressed older Cowboys this summer.

Speaking of older, KU transfer Tyler Patmon is the defender that Stewart recently spoke of when asked who Cowboys fans should keep an eye on.

"I think when we played against Kansas he was a physical corner and when I went to block against him he plays hard," said Stewart. "What I see from him in the weight room is he is constantly working hard. I'm not a coach but I think Tyler is going to work his way into that lineup."

Stewart realizes, as do all the veteran Cowboys, that when you are picked to win the Big 12 then contributions are welcomed from as many players as you can find that make their assignments, make plays and help win football games. It's something the Cowboys found Stewart could do very early in his college career.

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