Former Texas A&M Football Player Evan Stewart Heads Northwest
Evan Stewart, the third-leading receiver for Texas A&M football in 2023, entered the portal a few weeks ago. Though Texas fans had been begging for this outcome since he committed to the Maroon and White back in 2021, the Longhorns—despite being able to offer ample playing time, losing their top five pass-catchers heading into 2024—were apparently unable to land Stewart, as he has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
Stewart appeared in 8 games for the Aggies this past season, notching 514 yards on 38 receptions to go along with 4 touchdowns. This was a bit of a letdown after a freshman season that saw him garner 649 yards on 53 receptions, as well as 2 touchdowns in 10 games. Though the number of scores increased, all other numbers went down.
Stewart is doubtless very physically gifted and technically skilled, but it was rare to see him break off a huge run after catch while down in College Station. Even when he was targeted, as he often was (leading the team in receptions per game in both seasons), he was just unable to parlay those skills into the big play more often than not.
Fans will remember his long touchdowns receptions against New Mexico and Auburn, as well as a couple of spectacular catches against Ole Miss in 2022, but the consistency was tough for Evan to find in College Station. Especially down the stretch in this past year, as Jahdae Walker began to emerge, Stewart's lack of production on a high volume of targets began to be more and more uncomfortably evident.
Stewart is headed to an offense that can hopefully maximize his skillset. Will Stein is a star young coordinator, and utilizes his receivers in a lot of ways, including a huge amount of screens. If Evan is able to get into a groove, he'll be a preeminent threat in the Big 10.