“I would've thought by now he'd have broken down,” Monken said, “as much as we try to utilize him. He's a tough son of a gun.”
Twice in the last four games Stewart has hauled in 13 receptions in a game, even with defenses targeting him as the Cowboys' clear primary playmaker in the offense.
“It's all about the fight in you. It's not about the size,” Stewart said. “I've been about that all my life. And I think I'm doing a good job of proving that.”
Blackmon, on hand Saturday after playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, would surely agree.
Stewart said he got going Saturday on his touchdown run, a 46-yard scamper on OSU's first possession, taking a reverse around right end and down the sideline for the score.
“When something happens like that, I get real confident,” Stewart said. “Then when stuff comes my way, I tend to make plays. I was pretty pumped up after that play.”
And the Cowboys kept feeding him the ball.
And they'll keep feeding him the ball.
That, Monken said, is what you do with playmakers.
“So what if they know it,” Monken said of enemy defenses. “Does that mean we're not going to throw it to him? We're not going to hand it to him? The team that plays us, we're going to run a reverse to him. I don't give a crap if they know it, at some point we're going to run it. And we're going to run a tunnel screen to him. And we're going to throw a bubble screen out there to him. Because that's what we're supposed to do.
“They still have to tackle him.”