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High school football: Heritage Hall's 6-foot-7, 390-pound defensive tackle asks for assistance

Jarred Stewart wants teammates to help him shed 30 pounds — and burger stops after practice is not what he has in mind.
by Scott Wright Published: August 15, 2012

Jarred Stewart isn't shy about his size, or his desire to reduce it.

The 6-foot-7 Heritage Hall senior weighs 390 pounds, with hopes of getting down to 360 in the coming months — a task for which he calls on help from his teammates.

“When I go out to eat with them, I tell them to make sure I'm not eating something crazy that I don't need,” Stewart said. “I told them, ‘Look, I'm gonna get mad at you, no matter what. I'm gonna get mad at you. We just got out of practice. I want to eat this burger. Just stay on me. You help me out and I'll help you out in the season.'

“My teammates push me as hard as they can. When it feels like I can't go any farther, I lean on my teammates pretty hard.”

The high school football season unofficially opens Thursday and Friday with scrimmages across the state, and thus, it will be the first opportunity this season for opposing offensive linemen to try to block Stewart.

“We haven't been able to block him in practice for three years,” Charger coach Andy Bogert said with a laugh as he watched the senior jog across the field to take part in a blocking drill.

Heritage Hall will be at Tulsa Holland Hall to open the scrimmage schedule Friday night, which Stewart hopes is the beginning of a season that lands him a Division I scholarship offer.

“I got invited to camps at OU and OSU,” he said. “The coaches at Kansas State talked to me when we were up there for 7-on-7. I've had contact with Kansas, too. I'd love to get the chance to play Division I football, especially if I can stay close to home. I'm a homebody.”

Stewart's lateral agility is better than one would expect, but that's not going to be the quality that sets him apart.

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