By Nick Snow
STILLWATER — All his life Oklahoma State sophomore wide receiver Josh Stewart has been told he’s too small to be an impact player for a major college football program.
But as Stewart showed Saturday against West Virginia, some times it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog.
“It’s all about the fight in you, it’s not about the size,” Stewart said. “I’ve been taught that all my life. I think I’ve done a good job of proving that.”
On a day where most fans were anxious to see the kind of numbers West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith could put up, Stewart stole the spotlight by setting a career-high with 13 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Mountaineers. He also ran the ball once on a reverse for a 46-yard touchdown that sparked the Cowboys’ offense.
“I got the reverse, saw the defensive end come and (Clint) Chelf made a great block,” Stewart said. “After that, I saw Charlie Moore in front and all I had to do was cut off his butt and I knew I was going to score. It just worked out perfectly, just like we practiced.”
“We wanted to get the ball to him more,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s starting to mature and really develop into a good football player.
“Josh likes to play the game. Guys that like to play football and are tough, durable and want the ball in crucial situations, have a lot of success.”
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken credits that durability from the 5-foot-10 sophomore to the success he had against West Virginia.
“He just bounces up off of the turf,” Monken said. “I would have thought that he would have broken down by now with as much as we try to utilize him. He’s a tough son of a gun.”
He may be tough on the field — fighting for every inch he can — but his ear-to-ear grin after the game shows just how much he enjoyed being the go-to guy for Chelf during the junior quarterback’s first career start.
“I was just busting,” Stewart said. “Everything worked out for me today. I did a good job of trying to make plays for the team and the team did a good job of getting me those opportunities to make plays.”
They say that dynamite comes in small packages and Stewart certainly showed that was the case for the Cowboys on Saturday. But even after a career day, Stewart said he’s still not going to be satisfied.
“I just have to come out and do the same thing next week,” Stewart said. “There are probably some little things I can work on. I’m just going to keep working hard in practice and try to set a new career best every time I step out on the field.”