November 18, 2007

Stewart hopes he can help Cats now

Perspective is an interesting thing. Saddled with the first three-game losing streak in his two seasons, Coach Ron Prince said he's "never been more encouraged about where we can go" following the Wildcats' 49-32 loss to No. 6 Missouri. Prince said he knew 2007 was going to be a challenging one for his program. Meanwhile, freshman nose tackle Xzavier Stewart, pressed into his first action of the season, offered his perspective as the Wildcats face a must-win situation heading to Fresno State.

"To be honest, I don't see a team hungry for a win," Stewart said. "We don't have the fever for the game. I'm a hungry player. That's why I'm playing in the (11th) game of the season. Whatever it takes, man, I'll be there and I'll do it. I love football and I don't see everybody on the field loving football like I love football.

"As the years pass, hopefully the players are still going to be here and eventually will pick up the slack where they left off this season and have a better season next season because I'm ready to ball."

Stewart suffered an injury in training camp that kept him off the field for the Wildcats, who capped a 3-1 start with a 20-point win at then-No. 7 Texas. The 6-foot-1, 304-pounder out of Chicago on Saturday entered in the second quarter to spell injured-but-still-playing senior Steven Cline and an interior line that fought to pressure quarterback Chase Daniel and contain the Tigers' running attack.

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