SC Junior Marques Stewart Getting Early Looks

One of the surprise teams of 2002 were the Mauldin Mavericks who made their deepest run in the playoffs ever. Only a loss in a tightly contested game kept the Mavericks out of Columbia. Leading the way all season long was FB Marques Stewart.

Marques Stewart, a 5-9, 180 pound back, led the Mavericks last season with 1620 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Along with RB Calvin Parks, the two outstanding backs formed one of the best running back tandems in the state.

The Mavericks were a running team last season showing a variety of formations to opposing teams. The base offense ran out of an Power I but also ran a variety of other sets including the Wishbone. Marques enjoyed the WISHBONE set best, giving him the opportunity to run and block out of the multiple back set.

Stewart enjoyed the success the team had in 2002 and the credit to his head Coach John Abercrombie. "He makes the game fun and helps us work together as a team" says Marques. "We have a great relationship and coach has done a great job in making sure we work hard and play as a team."

During the spring, Marques is working hard staying in shape and preparing for 2003. He is running track and participating in 4X100, 100 meter and 200 meter runs. His best 100 meter is 11.32 this season and he was recently clocked at 4.54 in the forty.

Marques attended the recent Junior Day at South Carolina and had a great time. He stated that all the coaches were great and they had a fantastic day. "I liked seeing the locker rooms and weight room at Williams Brice. Coach Holtz was great and treated us like All Americans. The Carolina Center is amazing and the crowd even cheered for us when we walked into the gym."

In 2003, Marques will be firmly entrenched in his fullback spot and is looking forward to matching up against Kendrick Lynch and the Dorman Cavaliers in the early season. We had a little fun talking up and ribbing each other over what promises to be an exciting early season match up between Dorman and Mauldin.

Like many of the top players in state this year, Marques has taken care of the classroom work and holds a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT on April 5th.

As far as college plans and recruiting, Marques is hearing from South Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, Duke, Wake Forest, and Colorado. " I have always been a South Carolina fan and would love to play there one day. Coach Holtz is a legend and most of the best players in the state went there the past few years. I need to get my game going to show everyone what I can do and the rest will take care of itself."

We wish Marques and the Mauldin Mavericks the best of luck in 2003.

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