When the North Carolina football team took on conference opponents Wake Forest and Virginia, the sophomore stood on the UNC sideline without a helmet, shoulder pads or cleats, the repercussions that followed a charge for misdemeanor assault and battery and an indefinite suspension.
“Watching all the boys playing out there, I’ll support them, but in my heart I was like, ‘I knew I should be out there too,’” Stewart said.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback from Arlington, Va. got the chance to play with his team again on Oct. 29 as the Tar Heels took on the then-No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers. It was Stewart’s chance for redemption, and when the lights turned on at Heinz Field, it was as if he never left.
In his first game back from suspension, the cornerback compiled six tackles, one sack and three pass breakups while matched up against arguably the best receiver in the country in Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd for most of the night.