As we’ve discussed many times on our blog and in the pages of the Denton Record-Chronicle over the years, Josh Stewart is quite the story.
The former Guyer standout started as a sophomore cornerback who wasn’t an inch above 5-5 and probably 130 pounds, soaking wet, and ended up being a 5-10, 180-pound big-time FBS recruit who committed to Texas A&M then switched his commitment to go play offense at Oklahoma State.
Along the way, there was much more to his story. Whether it be the loss of both of his parents at a young age, or being driven from his home by Hurricane Katrina, or to a lesser extent, just overcoming his small stature early in his high school career, Stewart has made quite the name for himself.
Now, as a sophomore at Oklahoma State, he’s one of the best receivers in the Big 12, and it’s no surprise.
Stewart is fourth in the Big 12 in receiving yards per conference game with 99.9 and is fourth in receptions per game with 8.12. The folks ahead of him? Baylor’s Terrance Williams, a sure-fire NFL first-rounder, and West Virginia’s dynamic duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
He’s won a Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award this year and had a highlight-reel game in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup with OU despite the OSU loss with a 75-yard touchdown reception and this one-handed grab (pardon the choppy video).
He’s been the glue in the Cowboys’ passing game that has seen three different starting quarterbacks, including his best friend and former Guyer teammate J.W. Walsh, and has seen multiple receivers lost to injury.
On the season, Stewart has 80 catches for 988 yards and six touchdowns through 10 games. All of those numbers lead the team in their respective category. Stewart has three games this season with at least 11 receptions. Former OSU standout and first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon had four such games last season. And while Stewart wishes he could’ve had a part in a few more wins this year, he’s been happy with his performance and being the team’s go-to guy.
“It’s been tough with our losses,” Stewart said Monday. “It’s tough when you put everything into something and don’t come out on top. It’s been a fun year being able to do more for the team. The guys look to me to make plays, and I like that feeling. I think it’s been a pretty good year for me. I just try to make plays for the team, and it’s turned out pretty well.”