Lincoln lineman Stewart chooses to play for Bulldogs

March 05, 2004|JILL ERWIN

STANFORD - Tyson Stewart hasn't had a lot of experience sitting on the bench, and he didn't want to start doing it in college.

Union College offered the Lincoln County lineman an opportunity to play right away, and that's why Stewart is signing with the Bulldogs tonight.

"At the other schools I was looking at, I'd be sitting on the bench for a couple years," Stewart said. "I haven't really had to sit before, so I wanted a place I could come in and contribute."

Union was 4-7 last year, 3-6 in the Mid-South Conference, in Tommy Reid's second full season as head coach. Stewart said he will probably play either guard or tackle for the Bulldogs.


But regardless of where he is, Stewart said his goal remains the same.

"I just want to play my best and just help them win games," Stewart said.

Stewart hopes to go to veterinary school, and said he plans on majoring in biology at Union. But he doesn't hide what he's most excited about.

"Playing football," Stewart said. "I just want to get down there and play."

Stewart said he was also considering Cumberland, Eastern Kentucky and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Former Lincoln County coach Robbie Lucas played at Cumberland, and said he wanted Stewart to play there as well. Stewart said Union was just a better fit.

"They called right before Union," Stewart said. "I just liked Union better."

Lucas said he's just pleased Stewart will have a chance to play at the next level.

"As a former player at Cumberland College, I was really hoping he would go there, but Union offered him a chance to play right away and that was very important to him," Lucas said. "Tyson really has a chance to be a good college player. He did a lot of good things for us and I'm really happy to see him have a chance to play college football."

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