When it comes to predictions, Tampa Bay Tech coach C.C. Culpepper tends to be guarded. But when talking about Tim Stewart, Culpepper has no hesitation when he says the senior linebacker has the potential to "play on Sundays."
"He's that good," Culpepper said. "The stuff he does - and as coaches, at times, it just blows us away - comes naturally."
Culpepper said Stewart has the classic "nose for the ball." He has the size (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and power to play the strong side of the run while also boasting the speed to cover the pass in the flats.
And considering he played safety last season after leading the squad in tackles as a sophomore, Culpepper said Stewart is one of the few players he has ever coached who can play any position on the team - on defense or offense.
"He played safety for us because that's where we needed him most, but his natural spot is linebacker," Culpepper said. "But he could play cover corner and he could even play at quarterback and be successful."
Little wonder Stewart rarely leaves the field for TBT's defense and special teams. He can play long-snapper, the "gunner" on kickoff coverage and typically leads the second wall on kickoff returns. Aside from his four interceptions last season, he blocked three kicks and made two receptions for point-after conversions.
Clearly, Stewart doesn't get much rest during the usual TBT game. And that's fine with him.
"I've been playing football since I was 6 years old and I'm used to it," he said. "It just keeps me motivated by staying in and I can handle it because I feel like I have a lot of energy."
After his stint at safety last year, Stewart said he's excited about returning to strongside linebacker because "that's where the action is." He knows most college coaches are looking at him as a safety, but for his senior year at TBT - a year in which he could see the Titans go deeper into the playoffs than ever before - he wants to be in the heat of the battle at linebacker.
And if he continues to make all-around improvement, who knows? He believes he could indeed be playing on Sundays.
"That's been a dream of mine since I first started playing," Stewart said. "But I have to take it one step at a time and keep doing what I've doing all along - work hard and keep up with school."
Titan Stadium, 6410 Orient Road, TampaCLASS-DISTRICT:
5A-7 (with Brandon, Freedom and Wharton)COACH:
C.C. Culpepper (25-8, fourth season at TBT)LAST SEASON:
at RiverviewSept. 16:
at ChamberlainOct. 1:
at FreedomOct. 15:
at WhartonNov. 12:
No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.1Devontae McCloudRB5-11210Sr.2Johnathon WilliamsQB5-11180Sr.3Garian BrownDB5-10185Jr.4D'Robea JonesLB6-0190So.5Clunder LeCountRB5-8170Jr.6Darryl RichardsonQB6-5215So.7Austin MillerPK6-0155So.8Lamarq CaldwellRB6-0210Jr.9Charles BryantDB5-9185Jr10Major BloomDB6-0180Jr.11Brandon ByrdWR6-1175So.12Dorian FerrellQB5-8165Sr15Jamaruz ThompkinsRB5-8190So.16Derrell ThompsonQB6-2180Jr.17Tim StewartLB6-1195Sr.18Iryan DrummondLB6-0225Sr.19Candaid DzekicPK5-9230Sr.20Qareeb AhmedRB6-0205Jr.21Enock EduardWR6-0185Jr.22Enyeme BakerDB5-9175Jr.23Ronnie ScottDB6-0165So.24Devaun StephensDB5-9180Jr.25Karmeron FaileRB5-7165Fr.27Divonta CarswellSS5-11190Sr.28Tre' StewartDB5-9170Jr.29Justin AtkinsRB5-8180So.33Deon ThompsonRB5-9175Fr.34Micheal FryRB5-7165So.40Kenneth SiplinLB5-11190So.42Hakim HendersonLB6-2185So.43Daruis ScottLB5-9205Jr.44Brad MooreTE6-2210Sr.50Joshua MooreLB5-9220Jr.52Andrew GreenDL6-1228Jr.53Jacab Martin DL5-4205So.54Samuel EllisonOL5-11235So.55Danapoli RoseDL6-3185Sr.56Edwin ThermidorDL6-3265Sr.57Joseph LeggettOL6-2265Jr.60Clifton DillworthOL5-11225So.61Karlwayne KellyDL5-8225So.62Kadesh ReavesDL5-11275So.63Caleb TuckerOL6-3270Jr.64DeVonte DanzeyOL6-2260Sr.65Allen WilliamsOL5-10230So.66William JacksonOL6-1265Jr.70Greg HannaDL6-0210Jr.71Shaquille AndrewOL5-10260So.72Taijuan MullinsOL6-3305Sr.74Dominique Parker OL6-3320So.80Allen CovingtonTE6-2265So.82Alton LimehouseWR5-11160Jr.84Andrew EdwardsWR-P5-8170Jr.88Lenevar DelaneyWR6-2165Sr.90Antonio GueradDL6-3220So.98Jevon FrippDL6-1265So.99Josh SmithDE6-3225Sr.