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#28 Jonathan Stewart
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 230
Year: Junior
City/State: Lacey, Wash.
High School: Timberline HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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PERSONAL Born Jonathan Creon Stewart on March 21, 1987 in Fort Lewis, Wash. Parent: Lora Faison. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Timberline (Kevin Young) 2005. Major: Political Science.

OREGON Few players in school history ever have combined the strength and speed as the returning starter, who enters his junior year less than 900 yards shy of approaching the Ducks’ career top- 10 lists in both rushing (1,169 yards) and all-purpose yards (2,408 yards). Posted a power clean lift of 402 lbs. during the winter of 2007 that was bettered only by NFL lineman Haloti Ngata (407 lbs.) among all-time Oregon football players. Also bench pressed 410 lbs. in 2006 that surpassed all running backs in school history, while his 4.34 hand time clocking ranks fourth all-time among the school’s running backs. The 13-game career starter enters 2007 among the nominees for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the outstanding collegiate football player in the country. Already ranks ninth on school’s career list for kickoff return yards (1,050 yds.), while his 30.0-yard average stands second in Oregon annals and the school’s best in more than 55 years. Packs the power that has been detrimental to him at times as his refusal to be brought down easily has made him susceptible to unnecessary punishment from would-be tacklers. But has learned to be more prudent in his decisions, electing to complement his power game with a finesse to avoid defenders rather than always challenge them head on. With two years of experience under his belt, has gained more confidence in his own abilities as he appeared more comfortable in the open field during spring workouts, yet still possesses the drive that pushes him to get better. Has also improved his ability as a receiver as well as his ball security, recording only four fumbles in 2006 while handling the football a team-high 226 times. Combined to lift a team-high 1,342 lbs. from three lifts (power, squat and bench press) during winter workouts (5.86 times his body weight), with his 555-lb. squat ranking fifth all-time among running backs and the best mark in nine years.

2007 Semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's most outstanding college football player ... Pac-10 Player of the Week (offense) for Week 8 after rushing for 251 yards at Washington ... Oregon’s 11th different 1,000-yd rusher accumulated career single-game high 251 yds on collegiate-best 32 carries at Washington ... Tallied career single-game high 310 all-purpose yds at Stanford ... Eclipsed 100-yds rushing six times in 2007 to push career total to 11, tying Oregon all-time best ... Oregon 10-1 when Stewart rushes for over 100 yds ... League rushing and all-purpose yards leader averaging 126.9 (11th nationally) and 196.3 yds respectively ... 88-yd TD run vs. Fresno State was 2nd-longest in school history ... Stands 5th on school’s career rushing list (2,311) & all-time all-purpose yds (4,175) chart.

2006 Oregon’s rushing leader completed the year fifth in the Pac- 10 (46th nationally), second in all-purpose yardage (136.2 avg. - 17th in the country) and tops in kickoff returns (6th in the nation). Fell only 19 yards shy of becoming the program’s 11th different 1,000-yard runner as he finished fourth on the school’s one-season all-purpose yards chart (1,771 yards). The 12-game starter ran for a collegiate-best 168 yards in the season opener against Stanford in three quarters, following that up with four more games over the century mark. (Oregon was 5-0 when Stewart eclipsed the 100-yard rushing benchmark). Battling lingering ankle injuries for most of the season, accounted for back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts vs. Oklahoma and Arizona State, and tallied four efforts over 200 all-purpose yards. Accumulated a career-high 222 all-purpose yards vs. the Cardinal, and added 221 yards while rushing for three touchdowns in the finale at Oregon State. The second-team all-conference choice was recognized as the Ducks’ offensive player of the week for his efforts against Stanford and Washington. The squad’s fifth-leading receiver of the year caught 20 passes for 144 yards, including a leaping 7-yard touchdown reception at USC. Accumulating 247 yards in kickoff returns over the course of his last two games, averaged 43.3 yards on three kickoff returns in the regular-season finale at Oregon State.

2005 Wasted little time in displaying his talents as Oregon’s third-leading rusher, accumulating a season-high 47 yards in his collegiate debut as a reserve behind team’s three-year starter. Included was a 33-yard effort in which he carried would-be tacklers the final 25 yards. Returned the following week to return the opening kickoff 83 yards for a score against Montana before suffering an ankle injury that would force him to the sidelines for the next two weeks and delay a return to form for several more. Added his second kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Oregon State (97 yards) -- equaling the fourth-longest in school history -- to become the program’s first ever to return more than one kickoff to the end zone in one season. The squad’s third-leading scorer (54 points) added seven receptions for 45 yards and one TD to complete his inaugural collegiate campaign with an 8.8-yard all-purpose average and nine touchdowns despite touching the football only 72 times. Encountered his top afternoon with a single-game best 189 all-purpose yards vs. Oregon State, including 152 yards on three kickoff returns, to be honored as the Pac-10’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Also afforded a spot on the league’s all freshman team by The Sporting News.

HIGH SCHOOL Few prospects in the Northwest have attracted the attention to the magnitude of Washington’s all-time rushing leader but fewer have ever packaged the speed and power together that led ESPN.com to consider him the No. 2 prep recruit in the country. The Seattle Times went so far as to rank him as the state’s fifth-greatest running back of all time. (Ironically, former Oregon great Bobby Moore -- i.e. Ahmad Rashad -- was ranked No. 4.) Accumulated 7,755 yards rushing and 95 touchdowns in a career that witnessed him eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier in each of his four high school seasons. Rushed for 2,301 yards and 32 scores his final year -- averaging 11.3 yards per carry -- in addition to returning one of three punts 91 yards into the end zone. Was placed atop the nation’s list of running back recruits on Parade magazine’s All-America team, Student Sports Hot 100 list as well as PrepStar’s Top 100 Dream Team, and was one of five finalists for the Walter Payton Trophy (nation’s top prep player). The Washington Class 3A offensive co-player of the year (WashingtonPrep.com) and state Gatorade Player-of-the-Year recipient also was named to the 2004 All-USA high school football team by USA Today, the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West first team, the 2005 Northwest Nuggets by The Tacoma News Tribune and as an EA Sports All-American. Playing in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was named The News Tribune’s 2004-05 High School Male Athlete of the Year.

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