OSU football notebook: Josh Stewart update
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, March 29, 2012
3/29/12 at 6:24 AM
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During Wednesday's Oklahoma State spring practice session, which was conducted on the grass field east of Gallagher-Iba Arena, this question was presented to a program insider: What three players have shown the most amount of improvement since the 2011 season?
The insider's response: "Josh Stewart, Josh Stewart and Josh Stewart."
As a first-year freshman, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Stewart played in all 13 games at inside receiver and finished with 19 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
Stewart, coach Mike Gundy said, "should have a good spring. He's a good player. (Wide receiver) Torrance Carr has made a lot of plays, too. (Running back) Jeremy Smith has done a good job. (Wide receiver) Tracy Moore and (cornerback) Justin Gilbert have done very well."
"(Stewart) came in as a freshman last year and did really well, and now he is improving himself," Cowboy quarterback Clint Chelf said. "Being thrown into Division I football was a big thing for him. Now, the game is slowing down for him and he has a better understanding of what's going on."
Business is good: OSU athletic director Mike Holder reported on Wednesday that 98 of Boone Pickens Stadium's 99 luxury suites already have been sold for the 2012 football season. OSU's seven-game home schedule includes a Sept. 29 meeting with Texas, an Oct. 27 date with TCU and a Nov. 10 clash with the Dana Holgorsen-coached West Virginia Mountaineers.
Michael Irvin visits: Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin was in Stillwater on Tuesday, taping a pre-draft piece on former OSU Cowboy wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the NFL Network.
Sims wearing No. 23 again: As a freshman last season, OSU running back Herschel Sims wore jersey No. 18. Now, he has switched to No. 23 - the number he wore while becoming a five-star recruit at Abilene (Texas) High School. Jersey No. 18 now is worn by inside receiver Blake Jackson.