Speedster in Pasadena

PonyStampede.com continues to bring you reports on the best and brightest players that attended SMU football camp earlier this month. Thaddeus Stewart of Pasadena Memorial made himself at home -- on his home field -- at the Houston-area camp, turning in one of the fastest times of the summer. Get the details on this exciting Class of 2012 prospect.

Thaddeus Stewart (5-foot-10, 175) of Pasadena Memorial made himself at home -- on his home field -- at the Houston-area SMU camp, turning in one of the fastest times of the summer.

"I ran a 4.39 at the SMU camp, if I'm not mistaken," said the Class of 2012 speed merchant. "There was a fairly small amount of players at the camp - which was good - because we got to know the coaches. The camp helped me learned some new things which I took back to my school."

Stewart, who wears a variety of hats for the Mavericks, gets the job done on each side of the ball.

"I play strong safety on defense and running back on offense," he said. "I started as a freshman at return man on kickoffs and punts. Last year, I was basically on the field all of the time. When I'm on defense, I have the ability to catch up to a receiver and defend the pass. I like to defend the run too. I'm going to put the helmet on somebody - and no matter how big they are - they're going to go down."

In 2009, Pasadena Memorial got off to an 8-1 start and ended the year with a 9-3 mark. The Mavericks lost to Clear Springs in the second round of the 5A Division II playoffs. Although Stewart was only a sophomore last season, he was the second-leading tackler on the squad with 82 stops. In addition, he rushed for 233 yards on 34 carries (6.85 yards per carry) with four TDs and was the leading return man (8-346, 45.88 yards per kickoff return, with a long of 101 yards vs. Fort Bend Clements).

"I didn't have any interceptions last year," said Stewart, "but I had a bunch of deflections. I'm going to do better this season at catching the ball when I'm on defense. On offense, I'm impatient at running back. I get to the line too quickly. I like to connect with the defender and run over them."

Stewart doubles as a track star for the Mavericks, running a leg as a freshman on the 4 X 100 team that qualified for the state meet. He also competes in the 300-meter hurdles, with a personal best of 39.2.


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