Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher reeled in the top recruiting class in the naion last spring. In fact, it was labeled the top ranked class of all-time (or at least since they have been tracking recruiting).
When that heralded group took the field for the first time with the A&M varsity last Saturday night, it was wide receiver Evan Stewart who stood out most of all. Stewart caught five passes for 57 yards, including an impressive out-of-bounds toe drag for his first catch in the 31-0 Aggie win.
Stewart came in and started as a true freshman
Receiving woes was one of the biggest disappointments in Texas A&M’s 8-4 campaign in 2021. Fisher made getting top receivers a high priority for this class. They landed such high profile recruits as Chris Marshall, Ethan Thomas and Stewart, a 5’11”, 170-pounder from Frisco Liberty High School in the Dallas area. All saw action in the opening win.
‘Hopefully they’ll keep playing each and every week’
“They’ve got to play. They’re freshmen now<” said A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. “The depth it takes to play in this league and building these guys and get them out there playing. Hopefully, they’ll keep playing each and every week.”
Stewart’s longest play led to scoring drive
The five-star signee ran with the first unit his entire time and proved he belonged there. Not only did Stewart show his quickness, but also showed his ability to continue the play after the catch. In the second quarter, Stewart’s longest play of the game was a 23-yard grab where he sped past the corner, drew a late-hit flag and gave the Aggies a first down. A&M later converted a field goal on the drive.
WRs confidence noticed by teammates
Marshall and Stewart’s confidence was noticed by teammates. “Coming in as freshmen, they had the little jitters walking out of the tunnel. But it seemed like all that went away as soon as the game started,” said senior wide receiver Ainias Smith. “I was excited for them, very happy for them. They came out, and they didn’t play like no freshmen.”
A&M’s explosive new offense saw sophomore quarterback Haynes King air out 364 passing yards to six different receivers, one of those being Stewart.
Texas A&M will host Appalaichan State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, also at Kyle Field.
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