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SEC media overlooks Evan Stewart with incredulous All-SEC omission

July 25, 2023
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First, it was Mama. Then, it was an Algebra teacher. Next, it was the wife.

They often repeated a shared criticism when frustrated with me.

“You never learn.”

Looks like they were right.

After 11 years of Texas A&M membership in the Southeastern Conference, I shouldn’t be surprised when Aggies are overlooked or omitted on football all-conference teams.

I know some voters are provincial.

I know a lot of voters favor long-time SEC programs.

I suspect some vote for players on the best teams.

I figure some just check stats.

I think some forget A&M is in the SEC.

Still, the omission of A&M receiver Evan Stewart from any of the three units on the media’s preseason All-SEC team surprised me.

I never learn.

Obviously, SEC voters don’t either.

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Smith was named a third-team All-SEC receiver. “Sub Zero” was also named a first-team all-purpose player on special teams.

To be fair, SEC voters made the right call by including A&M’s Ainias Smith. He has demanded the attention of SEC voters by catching 12 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns in the last two games against Alabama.

Surely, the SEC media remembers two years ago when Smith’s 25-yard touchdown catch with three minutes remaining forged a 38-38 tie in A&M’s 41-38 victory over Alabama.

Smith was one of seven receivers on the preseason team. No way there are six other receivers better than Stewart, who earned freshman All-America acclaim.

I also have no issue with LSU’s Malik Nabers, Georgia’s Ladd McConkey or South Carolina’s Antwane Wells named to the team.

However, omitting Stewart in favor of Tennessee’s Bru McCoy and Alabama’s Ja’Corey Brooks and Jermaine Burton seems least odd and, at most, short-sighted.

Last season, Stewart caught 53 passes for 649 yards and two touchdowns. He did that as a true freshman, appearing in just 10 games and primarily with a quarterback — Haynes King — who completed just over half his passes.

Also, Stewart had 43 catches for 544 yards and both touchdowns against Southeastern Conference defenses. Of course, that included a series of acrobatic, leaping grabs in A&M’s 24-20 loss to Alabama. Stewart had eight catches for 106 yards against the Crimson Tide.

Now, compare that to McCoy, Brooks and Burton.

McCoy had 52 receptions for 667 yards and four touchdowns. He was also primarily catching throws from quarterback Hendon Hooker — a Heisman Trophy contender — who completed almost 70 percent of his attempts.

Burton had 40 catches for 677 yards and seven touchdowns, but 12 of his receptions, 163 yards and four touchdowns were in non-conference games against Utah State and Austin Peay.

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Stewart recorded four catches for 43 yards in Texas A&M’s 38-23 upset of No. 5 LSU.

In SEC play, Burton had just 22 catches for 401 yards and two touchdowns.

Brooks had 39 catches for 674 yards and eight touchdowns.

An argument could be made in favor of the Alabama receivers that their numbers were skewed because they had to share the receiving load.

Of course, that ignores the fact that McCoy posted his number while playing alongside Jalin Hyatt, who led the SEC in receiving yardage and touchdowns.

It also ignores the luxury of receiving passes from Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, who was the first player selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The argument might then be that preseason teams are based on projections for the upcoming season rather than production from last season.

Yet, that argument would seem to favor Stewart. He’ll be catching passes from either emerging sophomore Conner Weigman or junior Max Johnson.

Weigman showed flashes of brilliance in games against Ole Miss and LSU. Johnson passed for 2,814 yards and completed better than 60 percent of his attempts as a starter at LSU in 2021.

Meanwhile, Alabama has uncertainty at quarterback. The starter will be either sophomore Jalen Milroe, redshirt freshman Ty Simpson or Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner.

Milroe completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes as Young’s backup last season. Simpson has thrown five college passes.

Buchner completed just over 55 percent of his attempts last season. He threw more interceptions (8) than touchdown passes (6) in two seasons at Notre Dame.

That data, at least in my mind, indicates Stewart is among the six best receivers in the SEC. I’m incredulous that SEC voters didn’t see it that way.

As usual, Mama was right. I never learn.

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SEC media overlooks Evan Stewart with incredulous All-SEC omission

7,946 Views | 22 Replies | Last: 7 mo ago by Specialized
jimmo
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Gig 'em Olin
Sgt. Schultz
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They have to justify why A&M is picked so low.
I know NOTHING!!!!
The Collective
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Probably a bigger indictment of Jimbo's offense.
Grammar Pedant
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"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
SinKiller
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It's not like it's egregious...You make enough excuses to try and make it work, though. I think it's probably based on what's gonna happen, McCoy at Tenn is probably gonna bury Stewart's numbers. The other wild card is obviously the qb position.
rangerdanger
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Bobby P plays a huge factor in this. I predict 35 pts a game with him "not calling plays", we go 10-2, he leaves a rose on Jimbo's desk after a New Years 6 bowl victory, and gets instated as the head coach at MSST in 2024.
NoahAg
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Grammar Pedant said:

"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
I'd say it's a perfectly cromulent word.
dannyv
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NoahAg said:

Grammar Pedant said:

"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
I'd say it's a perfectly cromulent word.
Houstonag
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No my friends it is just what they do. Not on Jimbo either. They are biased toward their guys. Real simple.

Now, Ags, just win.
Bill Superman
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Am I the only one that thinks this is a good thing? Everyone needs to enter this season with a huge chip on their shoulder. Leave them with no doubt after this year.
Maroon Flash
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We gonna prove the the naysayers wrong out on the field this year. I am bullish on a good season and Evan Stewart will be a key contributor.

Who are the DB's gonna double? Our receiver corp is a many headed monster!
Maroon Flash
LatinAggie1997
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Meximan
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Grammar Pedant said:

"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
It would be more correct to say OB feels incredulous, but it isn't completely grammatically incorrect, just awkward. Also every Southerner knows one big word that they don't quite use correctly.
leardriver
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Olin, maybe it's a recognition of the Aggies deep receiving corps. Maybe they wonder if there'll be enough catches to go around with Ainias, Stewart, Thomas, and the new studs, not to mention the tight ends and backs.

CB, '67
Sometimes if you want a different answer, you have to ask a different question.
7395
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They (media) have been burned. We've all had high expectations and mostly underachieved. I hate to admit but its our fault. Time to be successful.
Frank Grimes
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NoahAg said:

Grammar Pedant said:

"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
I'd say it's a perfectly cromulent word.


It's definitely cromulent, but not in this context
ccatag
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I want more Moose this year! Turn the Moose loose!
2thFixinAg
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He will be a first or second round pick in 2025.

the problem is Jimbo just isn't perceived well by anyone any more that isn't associated with A&M.

regardless... it's preseason poll. and those are completely worthless. Let's see where he finishes. Then we can shoot the SEC media the finger.
TX_Aggie37
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Stewart has the talent to be the best WR in the country if he can get some of the bad drops under control. I just don't know if he will get the numbers. I know for sure he wouldn't if we hadn't made a change at OC. Now I just hope it works. Time will tell.
Z Team
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leardriver said:

Olin, maybe it's a recognition of the Aggies deep receiving corps. Maybe they wonder if there'll be enough catches to go around with Ainias, Stewart, Thomas, and the new studs, not to mention the tight ends and backs.

CB, '67

Please don't snub Moose when discussing Stewart getting snubbed.
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Z Team said:

leardriver said:

Olin, maybe it's a recognition of the Aggies deep receiving corps. Maybe they wonder if there'll be enough catches to go around with Ainias, Stewart, Thomas, and the new studs, not to mention the tight ends and backs.

CB, '67

Please don't snub Moose when discussing Stewart getting snubbed.

This. Moose is the best WR on the team right now, including Stewart.

Go compare their numbers from last year and then compare their starts/playing time.

Moose is the most productive receiver we have.

He needs to be our starting slot.
Specialized
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Meximan said:

Grammar Pedant said:

"Incredulous" is not the correct word to use in the headline. Please consult a dictionary.
It would be more correct to say OB feels incredulous, but it isn't completely grammatically incorrect, just awkward. Also every Southerner knows one big word that they don't quite use correctly.
Pretty sure it's incorrect. Only a person can be incredulous, an "all SEC omission" cannot, be and that is what the adjective is modifying.
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