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Can Colts rookie Grover Stewart overcome the small-school stigma?

Posted: 21 May 2017, 01:40
by Uplandram2
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts’ newest defensive lineman evolved into an inexorable force in his final college season.

He routinely barreled through overmatched offensive linemen to make dynamic, game-altering plays. Such plays became the norm, not the exception.

Then, in the seventh game of the season, Grover Stewart turned in a stunning performance.

Three tackles for loss, two sacks and seven tackles, six of them solo stops. The kind of stuff that makes NFL scouts stop in their tracks and take note – which they most certainly did.

But now that Stewart is wearing a horseshoe, having been drafted by Indianapolis in the fourth round of last month’s NFL draft, he’s going to have to come to terms with an important reality:

Clark Atlanta University is not on the Colts’ schedule this season.

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With all due respect to the Panthers – against whom Stewart had that remarkable performance last season – Clark Atlanta will never be confused with Colts AFC South foes like the Tennessee Titans or Houston Texans.

He’s about to make the gigantic leap from NCAA Division II college football to the NFL, where prospects from even the biggest college powerhouses regularly wash out.

But say this for Stewart: He knows what he’s up against. He just doesn’t see it as much of an obstacle.

“No sir, not at all,” he says when asked if the step up in level of competition seems daunting. “Everybody puts on their pads like I do.”

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