Stewart Says He's Healthy, Ready To Play

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Back in Stillwater during bowl practices there were rumors circulating among Oklahoma State fans that Cowboys inside receiver and punt return sensation, in fact, All-Big 12 returner Josh Stewart was dealing with an injury that might keep him out of the Cotton Bowl. Stewart has practiced and looked fine Monday at media day in AT&T Stadium. He addressed the rumors of an injury.

"I mean it is tough and everything (injuries late in the season) happens for a reason," Stewart said of the nagging injuries that started with the home win over Kansas and cost him the opportunity to play at Texas. "I think my health is going through the roof right now and I'm a lot better. I will be ready on game day."

Stewart said he has enjoyed the week and feels from the practices this week that he and the team will be ready to win on Friday against a very good Missouri team.

"A lot of intensity and being excited about the game (feeling at practice this week)," Stewart said. "The game and the stage and level it is being played on is just awesome, so practice has been great. It is great to be with the guys and be ready for Missouri. Plus it is always great to have extra time to get ready for a really good team like Missouri."

Stewart looked really good in practice so far in Texas and looked good for the cameras and microphones Monday afternoon. The tough thing to realize is Stewart is finishing up his junior season and it just seems like he arrived.

He'll meet up on Friday night with a number of players he played against in high school. It is kind of like a Denton County football reunion including Missouri quarterback James Franklin, who is from nearby Corinth and Lake Dallas High School.

"It is pretty cool and special because you don't the opportunity too many times to play those guys that you played against in high school," Stewart added. "This moment we are all going to have on game day is special because we played against each other in high school."

Of course, four of the Denton County guys are from Guyer High School and played with Stewart in quarterback J.W. Walsh, defensive end Jimmy Bean, and special team performer Dominic Ramacher.

The Cowboys are hoping in reunion football situations that there is strength in numbers.

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