Texas A&M Football

Aggie Flashback with Branndon Stewart

May 1, 2012

Notes from "Aggie Flashback" with Branndon Stewart

* It’s always exciting to hear the highlights of the 1998 Big 12 Championship game broadcasted by Dave South. He’s heard it many times, but it’s always good.

* If he wouldn’t have been a part of that comeback, he probably would always have been known as the guy who transferred from Tennessee.

* While he was at A&M, they didn’t throw the ball too much, but during that game they got in the zone and guys kept getting open, so the ball kept getting thrown to them. Throwing the ball that much was fun, and he thought that Kansas State was leaving guys open on purpose at times.

* The first touchdown that was part of the comeback was when the guys started to see the light a little bit. The team then got the fumble recovery and at that point, people started being convinced that A&M was going to win the game. By that time, the game didn’t feel like a comeback, but more of a time to have fun doing something they knew would work. The A&M players were more into the game than the Kansas State players were, and that helped make the fourth quarter comeback a big turning point.

* Shane Lechler is a phenomenal athlete that can do anything. He’s a natural at everything he does and his success doesn’t come as a surprise. Peyton Manning is a smart player that doesn’t get hit as often as most quarterbacks, and that has contributed to the longevity of his career in the NFL so far. Lechler is possibly the best punter to ever play the game and thinks he could play until he was 50 years old.

* The University of Tennessee is a great football school and back when he was there, the SEC was just as exciting of a conference as it is now. He really liked the school and the city of Knoxville and thought that he would have a great opportunity to make a name for himself as a Volunteer. When he got there, both he and Peyton Manning were thrown into the mix at the same time after the starting quarterback was injured. After that, Manning and himself rotated in and out of games until the coaching staff chose Manning to be the starter. At the end of that season he decided to make a change, and after loving A&M for a while, it was a no-brainer on where to go after leaving Tennessee.

* He loves A&M’s move to the SEC and thinks it’s a great thing for the university. The fans that are able to make the road trips to the SEC schools are going to see a big difference in the venues and the involvement of the fans at each school. The atmosphere around those games is a lot of fun and has only improved since he was at Tennessee. The competition is going to be tough, but that should help A&M in recruiting as well.

*He and Baylor head coach Art Briles, who coached him at Stephenville High School, are still good friends and keep in contact with one another. The two of them have been taking jabs at one another through the conference realignment, but it’s all been in good fun.

* When he graduated from A&M, he moved to Austin and has been in the software industry ever since. He is currently the president of a software company in Austin called, Promolabs. He is also the father of boy-girl twins and is married to a TCU Horned Frog. He has no complaints about his life and loves living in Austin.

* He is currently working on a personal project that matches young athletes to different people who give private lessons. It can be hard sometimes for parents to match up someone with their child to develop the weaknesses in their kid’s game. There are a ton of athletes out there that aren’t going to become professionals and what better way for them to stay around the thing they love than to give private lessons to kids. A website called coachcrowd.com is being developed to match the kids to the athletes and make it easier for parents to find the right coach for their kid.
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Branndon Stewart: Great take on SEC move, that special night in '98 (w/ notes)

this is one vol grad who will always remember branndon fondly. many a time i wish he could have come to tennessee sooner or later than he did (trying to beat out peyton manning is not an easy proposition). but, when he played, he was remarkable. one other thing i will always be grateful for, his leading the aggies to victory over number one nebraska in the b-12 championship in 98 (paved the way for the vol's championship). thanks for the memories, branndon. you were a great one.
vol-thanks for the note, but just to clarify, his big 12 champ. victory was over K State. best road game I ever attended in person.
RC still needs to apologize for his handling of Stewart. What a complete failure as a head coach.
Don't forget that Branndon's high school coach was Art Briles, the same coach who brought Robert Griffin III and Baylor back.

Stewart had some mechanics issues, and failing to fix them, not benching him, was Slocum's biggest problem. He did not have a strong offensive coordinator for more than 1 or 2 years during that period.

I didn't like benching him, but it wasn't like the guy we replaced him with was chopped liver. We had some great QBs in that time, but never really developed them the way we could have.

[This message has been edited by aalan94 (edited 5/2/2012 2:01p).]
Yes, Alan, the guy we replaced him with was chopped liver - easily the worst QB we have had in the modern era.
Randy McCown > Stephen McGee.
If I'm not mistaken he led the team back from a 15 point deficit to beat OSU in overtime in '97. two point conversion to Sirr to get us into overtime.

I was on the second deck but Tiki Hardeman's run into the end zone for the winning score right in front of me.
Gig 'em Branndon!!!

[This message has been edited by Nebules (edited 5/3/2012 6:04p).]
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