December 26, 2009

Stewart playing in familiar territory

For most a trip to Shreveport for the Independence Bowl is a look at a foreign city - a new place to explore and see for a few days during the holiday season. For Texas A&M freshman linebacker Jonathan Stewart, however, it's home.

The 6-foot-4, 227-pounder who started seven games this season graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport last May, and last year at this time had just wrapped up his senior season. Now he's going to be able to suit up once again in front of a hometown crowd.

"I was thinking about coming back home," Stewart said of the prospects of playing in the Independence Bowl. "Everything has it's positives in life, and fortunately I just got back to Shreveport."

For most true freshmen in college football, a trip home for a game wouldn't necessarily mean playing time. Stewart went to College Station, however, and walked into a perfect situation where the Aggies needed immediate help at linebacker. To go along with the already thin ranks, sophomore Ricky Cavanaugh suffered a knee injury that ultimately ended his 2009 season.

After showing the ability to quickly grasp the Aggie defense, Stewart moved into a first-team spot during August training camp and made his first start in the season opener against New Mexico.

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