#48 BJ Stewart
|HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL (LAST SCHOOL)||Rome, Ga./Pepperell HS|
2012 (SENIOR): Started all 11 contests at tight end, posting 21 catches for 396 yards (18.9 yards-per-catch average) with five touchdowns, all team-highs … Voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference West Division … Made three catches in season-opener versus Kansas Wesleyan, showing off athletic ability by tipping a high throw to himself and then hurdling a defender while running upfield … Posted one catch for 32 yards against the University of the Cumberlands … Collected four receptions for 86 yards with two touchdowns from 18 and four yards … Had one catch for 35 yards at UVA-Wise, setting up a field goal just before the half … Registered three receptions for 66 yards with 47-yard TD catch just before halftime at the University of Pikeville … Did not have a catch versus Union College, the only game during the season without at least one reception … Made one catch for 19 yards at Faulkner University and one reception for 14 yards against Campbellsville University … Caught three passes for 55 yards at Bethel University … Posted three receptions for 53 yards with 34-yard touchdown catch versus Bluefield College … One catch at Lindsey Wilson was a 23-yard TD reception.
2011 (JUNIOR): Started final nine games of season at defensive end, collecting 35 tackles with 6.0 tackles for loss with 4.0 sacks, one interception with three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick … Did not play in season opener at Lindsey Wilson … Recorded four tackles at Campbellsville University and made five stops with one sack, two pass breakups and one QB hurry versus Kentucky Christian … Both stops at West Virginia Tech were for loss with one sack … Also blocked a field goal at WVU Tech … Posted season-best six tackles at Shorter University … Registered three stops with one sack and returned an interception 57 yards against Faulkner University … Compiled four tackles, 1.5 for loss with 0.5 sacks, versus Bethel University … Collected four stops at Union College and four tackles with 0.5 sacks and one QB hurry at Belhaven University … Recorded three stops with one pass breakup and returned a fumble 51 yards for a score versus the University of the Cumberlands.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 11 games with three starts at defensive end, compiling 35 tackles, 7.5 for loss, with three sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries … Recorded three tackles, one for loss, with a pass breakup in season opener at Austin Peay … Posted five stops, 1.5 for loss, with a pass breakup and fumble recovery versus Campbellsville Univ. … Collected four tackles at Kentucky Christian and two stops with a sack against West Virginia Tech … Registered two tackles, 1.5 for loss, with a sack versus Lindsey Wilson and one stop, 0.5 for loss, against Shorter Univ. … Recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble at Faulkner Univ. … Posted season-high seven tackles, one for loss, with a pass breakup at Bethel Univ. … Made one stop with a pass breakup versus Union College and had one sack against Belhaven Univ. … Collected five tackles at the Univ. of the Cumberlands.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Spent two weeks ranked first in nation, finishing 10th … Posted 25-13 mark as heavyweight … Won 15 of 16 matches, beginning with sweep at King College Open … Finished third at Missouri Open with five victories … Earned four straight wins at Ohio Northern Invite … Won three times at Mid-South Conference Duals … Participated in NAIA East National Qualifier and National Championships, winning one match at each.
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Registered 15-11 mark in heavyweight class … Opened season with five straight wins, including two in Central Missouri Open … Earned three victories at Missouri Valley Open … Placed third at Eastern Regional with two wins … Won three matches at National Championship.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time All-Region selection at Pepperell HS in Lindale, Ga. … Named All-Area twice and won a pair of state championships in wrestling … Also competed in track and field.
PERSONAL: Byron Stewart, Jr. … Son of Byron Stewart and Shirley Sellers … Born October 20, 1988 … Majoring in Fitness and Wellness … Father was three-year starter for Jacksonville University football team.