Stewart catching passes before a game against the Chicago Bears in 2008.
No. 28 Carolina Panthers
|Date of birth:March 21, 1987|
|Place of birth: Fort Lewis, Washington|
|High school: Lacey (WA) Timberline|
|NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Carolina Panthers|
|Roster status: Active/Physically Unable to Perform|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987, in Fort Lewis, Washington) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. He was selected by the Panthers in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon.
High school career
Stewart is the career leading rusher in Washington prep football history. At Timberline H.S. in Lacey, Washington, from 2001 to 2004, he rushed for 7,755 yards and scored 105 touchdowns. In 2001, as a freshman, he rushed for 1,279 yards on 95 carries (13.5 ave) and scored 15 touchdowns. In 2002, as a sophomore, despite an ankle injury causing him to miss almost half of the season, he rushed for 1,609 yards on 153 carries (10.5 ave) and scored 14 touchdowns. As a junior, in 2003, he rushed for 2,566 yards on 285 carries (9.0 ave) and scored 45 touchdowns. As a senior, in 2004, he rushed for 2,301 yards, averaging 11.2 yards per carry and scored 32 touchdowns. Against Centralia High School in 2004, Stewart rushed for 422 yards and scored 9 touchdowns.
After his senior season in 2004, among several other honors, he was named to the Parade High School All-American team, the USA Today All-USA team and was the Washington Gatorade Player of the Year.
Coming out of Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington, Stewart came to Oregon as one of the highest profile recruits in the program's history. He was known for his rare combination of speed and size, recording a SPARQ rating of 97.54 as a senior in high school. Stewart's true freshman season was highlighted by a pair of kickoff return touchdowns which made him the program's first player to ever return more than one kickoff for a score. Stewart ended up leading the nation in kickoff return average (33.7 yards-per-return).
Stewart finished his freshman campaign with nine total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving, and two kickoff returns) despite touching the football only 72 times. His 54 points made him the team's third leading scorer. An ankle injury suffered in a game against Montana would force him to miss action in two games and render him less than 100% in others. At one point early in the season, Stewart had accounted for five touchdowns in his first 20 touches of the football.
Stewart finished his sophomore season as the team's leading rusher. He finished 19 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing despite missing some time due to lingering ankle injuries. He recorded five 100 yard games in the season and the Ducks were 5-0 in those games. Stewart also caught 20 passes for 144 yards including a touchdown and he again finished near the top nationally in kickoff returning (6th in the country). In Oregon's controversial win against the University of Oklahoma, Stewart impressed, rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown. In the final regular season game against rival Oregon State University, Stewart rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the season with 10 rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.
Stewart and the Ducks opened the 2007 campaign 4-0, with wins over Houston, Michigan (in Ann Arbor), Fresno State and Stanford. Against Michigan, Stewart ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. He followed up that performance with 165 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 17 carries. Stewart's second touchdown, an 88-yard scamper, was the longest run ever in the 41-year history of Autzen Stadium. The following week against Stanford, Stewart picked up a career best 310 all-purpose yards, including 160 yards rushing and a ten yard touchdown run. In Oregon's showdown against Cal, Stewart ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, in a 31-24 loss to the Golden Bears. Stewart chipped in 66 rushing yards in Oregon's 53-7 drubbing of Washington State, then had a record setting day against rival Washington. Stewart had a career high 32 carries for 251 yards and two touchdowns, the latter being the second highest single game total in Oregon's history. Stewart continued his impressive play with a 103 yard, 25 carry, two touchdown performance against USC in Oregon's 24-17 home win. Against then #4 ranked Arizona State, Stewart ran for 99 yards on 21 carries (including a 33-yard touchdown scamper), caught two passes for 26 yards and another score, and returned five kicks for 122 yards. Stewart concluded his record setting season with a career high 39 carries against rival Oregon State, accumulating 163 yards along the way. In Oregon's 56-21 bowl win over South Florida, Stewart ran for a career high 253 yards, setting a Sun Bowl record for rushing yards and earning him the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player award.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in||235 lb||4.46 s||1.46 s||2.54 s||36.5 in||10 ft 8 in||28 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On January 11, 2008, Stewart announced his decision to forego his senior season at Oregon and to enter the Draft.
On March 12, 2008, Stewart underwent surgery on his big toe and is expected to be out four to six months.
Stewart was drafted by the Carolina Panthers, taken with the 13th overall selection of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 26, he signed a $14 million contract with a maximum value of $20 million. The deal included $10.795 million in guarantees.
Stewart would share carries with DeAngelo Williams, a 1st round pick in 2006. In his first game against the San Diego Chargers, Stewart ran the ball 10 times for 53 yards. In his second game against the Chicago Bears, Stewart helped the Panthers recover from a first half deficit, scoring two second half touchdowns from four and one yard respectively. Stewart finished with 14 carries for 77 yards and the first two touchdowns of his young NFL career.
Stewart had two solid performances gaining over 100 rushing yards in weeks 11 and 14. In the week 11 game vs. the Lions Stewart rushed for 130 yards on only 15 carries, adding a rushing touchdown. In week 14 against division rival Tampa Bay he ran for 115 yards on 15 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Stewart would go on to finish the 2008 regular season with 10 rushing touchdowns, a Carolina Panthers rookie record. Stewart also added 836 rushing yards on 184 carries with a 4.5 rushing average in his rookie season. Stewart added his first postseason rushing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on January 10, although the underdog Cardinals won convincingly.
In Week 6 of the 2009 NFL season, Stewart piled up 110 yards on 17 rushes with a touchdown. He and DeAngelo Williams combined for 262 yards in a victory versus their division foe, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In Week 13 of the 2009 NFL Season, Stewart made his first career start for an injured DeAngelo Williams, and recorded 120 yards on 26 rushes and a touchdown in a 16-6 victory over Tampa Bay.
In Week 16 of the 2009 NFL Season, Stewart, starting for the injured Williams, recorded a team record 206 rushing yards in a 41-9 rout of the Giants in their final game at Giants Stadium, and earned FedEx Ground Player of the week honors. The performance lifted him over the 1,000 yard mark, making him and DeAngelo WIlliams only the 6th rushing duo in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He later surpassed the 1,100 yard mark, making him and Williams the first rushing duo in NFL History to rush for 1,100 yards apiece. Stewart finished the season with 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns on 221 carries, slightly outperforming Williams in both categories.
Stewart started the 2010 NFL Season once again splitting carries with DeAngelo Williams, but gained the opportunity to start when Williams was placed on the injured reserve list; for the rest of the season, Stewart split carries with Mike Goodson, although he was credited with the starts for the majority of these games. In a year where Carolina finished 2-14, Stewart managed to rack up 770 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 14 games played and 7 started, the worst statistical performance of his career.
Some analysts have speculated Stewart might become one of the best running backs in the NFL if DeAngelo Williams leaves in free agency, due in part to the yardage he has recorded as the #2 back on the roster.
Stewart tends to rely on his power more than his speed, while his teammate DeAngelo WIlliams uses his agility and speed. This led to DeAngelo Williams nicknaming their rushing tandem 'Smash and Dash', which gained national attention after their 301 yard performance against Tampa Bay. Controversy ensued as Titans running backs LenDale White and Chris Johnson claimed they stole their nickname, and that they had invented it first. LenDale White called Williams and Stewart 'Identity' and 'Theft', and noted they had made T-Shirts with 'Smash and Dash' on it. To determine a new nickname, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart created a website, and allowed fans to suggest names. They eventually decided on 'Double Trouble', and have retained that nickname, despite Chris Johnson later renouncing the nickname.
Jonathan Stewart is also an aspiring music producer and told HipHopDx the following statement, "I don't want to hear my music being played and someone degrading women. I'm limited to that factor, but there's a lot to be talked about. If anybody wants to use my beats, I want to maintain my integrity that I have as a person." Jonathan Stewart also said this to Dubcnn about his music career with the following statement, "Music isn't a business for me. I'm not trying to supplement my lifestyle with music. I love music and I play music everyday, whether it's my piano, or making a song. It's the same with Football, I get paid well to play Football, because I'm blessed to have a lot of skill, but I could never be this good without loving the game... I love to play Football as much as I did when I was a kid and played for nothing but love. Music is the same way. God blessed me with gifts for both and I love both, but I don't do music to make money at all. I love music, so why not let people listen to it."
- NFTC to NFL Draft
- Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced, Pacific 10 Conference, December 3, 2007.
- Oregon's Jonathan Stewart headed to the NFL - NCAA Football - Yahoo! Sports
- ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Sports
- Wyche, Steve (May 13, 2011). "If Carolina lets Williams walk, Stewart sprints into huge year". NFL.com. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- Carolina Panthers Bio - Jonathan Stewart
- Go Ducks.com - Jonathan Stewart
- Nameswecanbelievein.com - Deangelo Williams' and Jonathan Stewart's official website.
- NFL Scouting Combine
- Seattle Times