UO's Stewart Earns All-American Status
Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard
Both Jonathan Stewart and his fans got a bit of good news Thursday.
Stewart became the 22nd all-American in Oregon football history when he was named to the team selected by the American Football Coaches Association, one of the five most highly regarded nationally. If he is a first-team selection on two of the other four, Stewart would be recognized by the NCAA as the third consensus all-American in UO history.
"It's cool, but it doesn't really matter," Stewart said before practice Thursday, as the No. 18 Ducks (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10) prepared to face Oregon State (7-4, 5-3) on Saturday in Autzen Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Oregon will find out its bowl destination Sunday.
"I mean, we just got to go out there and win these games. That's all I'm really concerned about."
Oregon's most recent all-American was defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a consensus selection in 2005. The other four major all-America teams are chosen by The Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.
And Stewart, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior, might be considering a run at more honors next season.
He has already spoken with UO head coach Mike Bellotti and running backs coach Gary Campbell about potentially jumping to the NFL in the spring, and Bellotti on Thursday gave the best indication yet of how Stewart might be leaning.
"I don't know," Bellotti said. "Only Jonathan knows. I would say right now there's a greater percentage he would stay here."
Stewart is battling turf toe on his right foot, and said Thursday the injury is "getting a little better. …