Player previews continue here at Maize n Brew as we work our way through the defensive line and all scholarship players listed on the roster. This edition brings us to Jack Stewart, a junior defensive lineman still waiting for his chance to crack the lineup.
Below is a look back on Stewart’s road to Michigan and how he might factor in to the 2021 season.
The story so far
Stewart was a member of Michigan’s 2019 recruiting class and was ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals as an offensive tackle. He earned Walter Camp Football Foundation first-team honors in 2017-18 and was also a 2018 USA Today All-USA Connecticut first-teamer.
Stewart attended New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was part of a program that qualified for three trips to the state finals.
Stewart, who was recruited by Don Brown and Ed Warinner arrived at Michigan ahead of the 2019 season and moved over to the defensive line. He has yet to see any game action during his first two seasons on campus.
Outlook for 2021
With a new defense in place, there is a blank slate for everyone on the roster. That could open the door for Stewart to potentially slide in somewhere in a depth role, but he has a lot of competition. Given his athleticism, it is not tough to see him playing on the edge in the new defense and with as multiple as Michigan apparently wants to be, he might be able to crack the rotation somewhere.
Players like Rayshaun Benny, Gabe Newburg, Kris Jenkins, George Rooks and others that could make up the third team. It does not seem like a stretch to think he will probably once again stick as a reserve as opposed to someone who can crack the two or three-deep depth chart.