QB Stewart Aims to Continue Building Champs

San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre is in the beginning of his third year rebuilding the once proud Spartans football program. One key piece in that process will be quarterback Tyler Stewart of Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif. Coming off a State Championship victory, the three-star slinger made his decision to join SJSU. He spoke with Inside Sparta about why.

Tyler Stewart is the only quarterback Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif., has known at the 11-man level. In December he led the Trailblazers to the 2011 California Interscholastic Federation Division IV State Championship with a 34-13 win over Le Grand. Shortly after, he made the decision to continue his football career at San Jose State.

Though SJSU has fielded a football team for 119 years, Stewart said he feels a parallel with the Sierra Canyon program, which has been in existence for five years, three as an 11-man squad.

"First of all it wasn't just me, we have an entire team and that's what it takes," he said. "During my official visit I felt that same commitment with the San Jose State team. I was a part of building something in high school and it's exciting to continue that in college."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Stewart was the only high school quarterback offered by the SJSU staff, and they got their man. In 2011 he racked up 2,406 yards passing with 33 touchdowns and only two interceptions. In the Championship game he was 13 of 25 for 163 yards, one TD and one pick.

Stewart chose the Spartans over Nevada and Fresno State, though he said the new Fresno State staff hadn't been in contact with him and his scheduled official visit to FSU on Jan. 20 has been canceled. He did visit Nevada in November.

"I actually like the campus at Nevada better than San Jose State," he said. "But I was much more comfortable with the coaches and the people and the team at San Jose. I really like where Coach Mac is taking the team, and I'm looking forward to being part of the class that has the most wins at San Jose State."

While redshirting would be the perfect situation, Stewart said, he added that he will be given the opportunity to compete for playing time right away. The Spartans did sign junior college transfer David Fales of Monterey (Calif) Peninsula Junior College, and have returning players Blake Jurich, Dasmen Stewart, and Joe Gray.

Stewart's high school career isn't quite finished yet. On Sunday he will be joining fellow future Spartans Christian Tago, Jordan Thiel, and Travis Talianko in the 16th Annual LA Daily News All-State game, which will be played at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Don Hoekwater is the Publisher of Inside Sparta. You are welcome to contact Don with any questions or suggestions at publisher@insidesparta.net.

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