Stewart's Shining

Over the summer, 2012 running back/corner Thaddeus Stewart of Pasadena Memorial showed his blazing speed at SMU football camp and the junior has exploded on the field this season. Get the details on Stewart's season and find out what he thinks of the Mustangs.

Pasadena Memorial junior RB/CB Thaddeus Stewart has been racking up some big numbers through six games for the 3-3 Mavericks.

Memorial began the season 0-2, but the team has picked up the pace and captured three of its last four games, including a 40-14 rout of Sam Rayburn in the District 22-5A opener last weekend.

Stewart, who clocked a 4.40 at SMU football camp, is leading the team in rushing, scoring, and kickoff return yardage. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has added approximately 20 pounds since his sophomore year without sacrificing any speed, and that increase in muscle mass has come in handy.

"Through the first few games, I was playing exclusively on offense," said Stewart, "but I'm currently playing both offense and defense, now that we're in district. My coaches are trying to keep me on the field as much as possible."

For the year, Stewart has gained 818 yards on 102 carries (8.02 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns. Moreover, he's averaging 25.5 yards per kickoff return (6-153).

"I just do what my coach says," replied Stewart, when asked about the secret to his success. "I've been learning to be more patient and wait for my blockers. I'm faster than the offensive line and when I get the ball, I have the tendency to be ready to go. I've been improving my footwork and just getting what I can get (on each touch)."

Kickoff returns hold a special place in Stewart's heart.

"I love to do it big on returns," he exclaimed. "Most teams don't want to kick it to me, so I make them pay for it when they do. I'll make my cut and take it to the house."

The junior says that he's receiving interest from SMU, UCLA, Texas A&M, and Nebraska, among other schools.

"SMU is a school that I've had in mind and they're one of the programs that's at the top of my list," said Stewart. "I like the fact that they came down here and had a small camp for us, instead of making us come up there. Their coaches are nice and I got to know them at the camp."

Stewart exploded earlier this season vs. Fort Bend Clements (22-237, two TDs), Channelview (22-210, two TDs), and Texas City (23-199, two TDs).

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