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July 25, 2013
We roll on today with just nine days left until the Houston Cougars football players report for pre-season camp on Friday August 2. By now all of the voluntary offseason workouts are done and players have done all they can to prepare to make their mark leading up to the 2013 football season.
As the days dwindle down until the start of the camp, and season for that matter, our countdown of key players for the upcoming season does as well. We have taken a closer look at 18 players now and today we come to number seven in our Key Coogs series, sponsored by Chastang Ford, sophomore safety Trevon Stewart.
Stewart burst onto the scene in 2012 and sure knew how to make an entrance. After fighting his way up the depth chart in last year's pre-season camp he made it to where the coaches had to get him on the field. In the beginning they decided to use him as the nickel back but quickly saw they needed to get him on the field more.
By the third game of the season in 2012, Stewart was the starting free safety for the Cougars and he never looked back, starting the final 10 games for them. Along the way he showed flashes of what he already was and what he could become, at times playing like a seasoned veteran.
Stewart finished the season with 126 tackles, good enough for tops among freshman in the entire nation. Houston used him in a variety of ways, including some blitz packages and Stewart even got his first interception of his young career in the final game with Tulane. In the end his exploits earned him Conference USA All-Freshman honors as well as selection to the FWAA's Freshman All-American team.
In 2013 Stewart will look to pickup where he left off as both a playmaker and an emerging team leader for the Cougars. He has worked at his craft over the summer and should continue to eliminate small mistakes.
It is still unclear long term where his final spot will be with the Cougars, either safety or cornerback but either way he is going to be a key part of their success.