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Rashard Stewart and playing time
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Aggie fans should expect the freshman to see more playing time than he did against Oklahoma, especially with the injury to Matt Austin.

"He's someone that we need to get out on the field more," Utah State head coach Gary Andersen said.

Stewart was one of the storylines of fall camp, as the rookie made a name for himself on defense with his ability as a cornerback and on offense as he started receiving reps at wideout in week three of camp. That week, Andersen announced that Stewart would play both sides of the ball, and that his playmaking ability dictated that he receive as many touches as possible.

But Stewart didn't play at all against Oklahoma. Andersen said that it wasn't anything that he did wrong, just that the atmosphere was so big that it may not have been the place he needed to take his first snap as a college football player.

"We thought it wasn't in his best interests to thrust him into that spotlight," Andersen said.

But football is nothing if not a long season, and Andersen singled Stewart out as a player who can really help the offense, as the wide receiver position has been further depleted with the season-ending injury to Austin.

Tony Jones

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