It’s about time. The ideal phrase for every Alabama fan after watching sophomore wide receiver ArDarius Stewart have the game of his life against Tennessee. He was one of two players (Robert Foster) that emerged during the offseason, but at times, Stewart was focused too much on making the huge plays. He let the game come to him Saturday and his patience was rewarded. Stewart led Alabama in receiving with six receptions for 114 yards.
He averaged 19 yards per catch and was exceptional in his ability to adjust to the football. Stewart brought in two passes of 15 and 26 yards in the Crimson Tide’s first possession of the fourth quarter. Both plays set up a 28-yard field goal attempt for Adam Griffith.
He nailed the kick, giving Alabama a 13-7 lead. Quarterback Jacob Coker found Stewart on a 29-yard pass on Alabama’s final drive. He attacked the ball at its highest point and secured the catch cleanly. His play would later set up a 14-yard rushing touchdown from running back Derrick Henry, giving Alabama a 19-14 advantage.
His catching was solid; however, Stewart became a willing blocker against the Volunteers. He created multiple opportunities to spring Derrick Henry and Calvin Ridley downfield. Stewart and Alabama are enjoying cigars right now, but both will get a much needed rest after a gutsy win.