This time last year, as a freshman, Stiner was on the sidelines watching and waiting for his moment. On Saturday, during the last play of the game, his moment came.
Stiner had a storming blitz from the back of the Gator defense to the Bulldogs back field. He nailed quarterback Nick Fitzgerald for a 10-yard loss giving the Gators a 13-6 upset win over No.23 Mississippi State. After his firing play, Stiner was awarded a starting safety position.
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His explosion of a tackle had other teammates nickname him the “Waterboy” from Adam Sandler’s 1998 movie.
Stiner said the starting position is what he has always worked for and after the biggest play of his young career at UF, he’s not done yet.
No Tiger Talk
Stewart was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and actually grew up as an LSU fan.
However, Stewart became a Gator fan during the Time Tebow era. He said he knew he wanted to go to Florida when the Gators and the Tigers met in Baton Rouge in 2016 and he watched the Gators get a fourth down stop, drive on the last drive, get to the goal line and score, making them victorious.
He’s ready to head back to Louisiana and prove that the Gators are there to play. Stewart says he has been getting calls from friends about the game, but he won’t pay too much attention to the trash talk before this week’s game.
Making his Mark
In 2017, Stewart played in eight games and had 13 tackles all season. So far in 2018, after five games, Stewart has 20. Along with an interception.
Stewart says in the middle of the football chaos, he is able to track the ball and do what he needs to do.
Stewart is confident in the Gators to give the Tigers a show. “That’s why we’re here Monday through Saturday,” said Stewart, “Monday through Saturday we working.”
The Gator will take on LSU at 3:30 pm, Saturday Oct. 6.