03/17/2013 - 2013 Cincinnati Pro Day: Walter Stewart still will not declare his football career over. Stewart, a former University of Cincinnati standout defensive end, joined several former teammates for the Bearcats' annual NFL Pro Timing Day at UC's indoor bubble Wednesday.
Stewart was limited to five games last season, when a congenital spine abnormality seemingly ended his career. Stewart, who at the time was Big East active career sack leader (17.0), sought to participate at the NFL Combine last month but was red-flagged medically. Stewart tried again to catch NFL scouting eyes Wednesday. "I had a pretty good performance, at least in my opinion," Stewart said. "I'm going to have to wait and see what teams think. Hopefully somebody just gives me the opportunity."
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was among those watching, as most NFL teams sent scouts. Workout participants mostly were seniors from UC's 2012 team, including Stewart's fellow defensive end Dan Giordano and running back George Winn. - Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com
12/27/2012 - Senior DL Walter Stewart, Cincinnati's top pass rusher, was diagnosed with a cervical spine abnormality which ended his season and could jeopardize his playing career. Senior Brandon Mills replaced Stewart at left defensive tackle, followed by freshman Josh Posley on the depth chart. - The Sports Xchange
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Walter Stewart, Cincinnati, Sr., Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Stewart was limited to five games this season due to a career-ending congential spine abnormality that was discovered following the Fordham game.
Stewart tallied 22 tackles, with a season-best nine in the season opener against Pittsburgh. He tied for the team high with 5.0 sacks and at the time of his injury was the BIG EAST's active career sacks leader with 17.0. He also added a pair of forced fumbles and a pass break up. - Cincinnati football
10/25/2012 - When Walter Stewart addressed his teammates at a team meeting last Thursday to inform them that he had suffered what appears to be a season-ending injury, they sat at rapt attention. "Whenever Walter Stewart talks, everybody listens," said UC coach Butch Jones. "They were locked in. The intensity was very, very thick. You could feel it." Stewart, a senior defensive end from Columbus, told the UC players they should never take any opportunity for granted and said that no matter what happens with the injury, he will look back with no regrets because he gave everything he had every day during his UC career. "His biggest thing is he doesn't want to let our football team down," Jones said. "When people suffer adversities, their true character comes out, and in very true Walter Stewart fashion he's handled everything the best I've ever seen a young adult handle it." Stewart, who leads UC with five sacks and seven tackles for loss, suffered an injury on Oct. 13 against Fordham that has been described only as an upper-body injury. He did not play last week in UC's loss at Toledo and will not play this week at Louisville. According to Jones, Stewart is awaiting a second opinion on the injury, still holding out hope that he might be able to return. - Bill Koch, Cincinnati.com
10/22/2012 - Cincinnati Butch Jones announced Monday that senior defensive end Walter Stewart won't play on Friday when the Bearcats visit No. 16 Louisville. Stewart was a late, unexpected scratch prior to the team's game against Toledo on Saturday. Jones said Stewart would be getting a second opinion this week, and that his status for the remainder of the season is unknown. Stewart suffered what's being referred to as an upper body injury Oct. 13 against Fordham. The Bearcats missed Stewart tremendously in Saturday's loss to Toledo, Jones said, and they will certainly be short-handed when trying to pressure Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Friday. Coming into last week's games, Stewart had five sacks and seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Fifth-year senior Brandon Mills is Stewart's replacement, and he played well against Toledo, making two tackles and recovering a fumble. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - Cincinnati senior defensive end Walter Stewart will miss Saturday night's game against Toledo and could miss more time, according to Cincinnati.com. Stewart suffered an unspecified upper body injury last week against Fordham, though he remained in the game. The school has not released a statement on Stewart, who leads the team with seven tackles for losses and five sacks. The Bearcats will likely look to a committee to replace Stewart, though Brandon Mills is listed as his backup on the depth chart. Cincinnati faces a high-powered Toledo offense Saturday before heading to Louisville on Friday. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
10/02/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 2. DE Walter Stewart, 6-3, 249, Cincinnati: Why he has the second spot: Bearcats coach Butch Jones placed high expectations on Stewart in the preseason by describing the defensive end as the most intense defensive player he's ever coached. Stewart has lived up to his billing through three games. In last Saturday's thrilling win over Virginia Tech, Stewart was part of a swarming defense that held Virginia Tech dual-threat quarterback Logan Thomas to 10 yards on nine carries. The senior defensive end recorded a sack, two TFLs and six tackles against the Hokies. If Stewart's stellar play continues, he may be in consideration for Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors. Season stats (three games): 3 sacks, 5 TFLs, 17 tackles, 1 FF. Player ranking: Stewart is ranked 153rd overall and the 17th highest defensive lineman in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: vs. Miami (Ohio), Saturday 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - BIG EAST: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: Walter Stewart, Cincinnati: There is a lot on Stewart's shoulders, as he is looked upon to anchor a defensive line that saw two players drafted in 2012. In the Bearcats' opener, Stewart wreaked havoc in the Pittsburgh backfield, notching 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble. He finished with nine tackles overall, and he should continue to be a force on an opportunistic Cincinnati defensive unit. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cincinnati defensive end Walter Stewart was chosen as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he led a Bearcat defense that kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone until 34 seconds remained in regulation, helping Cincinnati to a 34-10 win against the Panthers in the BIG EAST opener for both teams. Stewart had nine tackles to go with 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble that led to a Bearcat touchdown as Cincinnati picked up its fourth straight win, dating to last season. - BIG EAST football
09/06/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Sept. 6 -- So much for easing into the regular season. UC plays its home opener against Big East Conference rival Pittsburgh (0-1) in a nationally-televised contest Thursday night at Nippert Stadium. KEYS TO THE GAME: Pittsburgh's defense was humbled in a 31-17 loss at home to Youngstown State, allowing 381 total yards against the Penguins' spread offense. Munchie Legaux and the Bearcats' spread offense might be licking their chops, but the Panthers will test UC's defense with the return of Ray Graham, the Big East's leading rusher last season until he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Pitt's eighth game. Graham ran for 71 yards on 14 carries against YSU. The Bearcats must get Pitt QB Tino Sunseri, a three-year starter who passed for 239 yards last week, into long yardage situations to help ramp up UC's pass rush. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DL Walter Stewart will key the Bearcats' pass rush which was the foundation of UC's defensive success last year. Sacks leader Derek Wolfe is gone, so Stewart and his fellow pass rushers will need to keep the pressure on opposing QBs. - The Sports Xchange
08/08/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The Bearcats pass rush was the key to their defensive success last season. Derek Wolfe is gone, but UC brings back its second and third-leading pass rushers in Walter Stewart and Dan Giordano. A consistent pass rush will help take the pressure of the secondary and create turnovers, giving new starting QB Munchie Legaux and the offense good field position. - The Sports Xchange
06/25/2012 - Top-five Cincinnati prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE Walter Stewart (6-4, 248)...The NFL loves speedy pass rushers and with Stewart (pictured above) they may have another burgeoning young star to evaluate. Stewart signed with Cincinnati as a 216 pound linebacker and emerged as a standout at both outside positions as a redshirt freshman, registering 59 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman. As Stewart added weight, however, head coach Butch Jones and his staff elected to move him to defensive end a year ago and the results were impressive. Despite it being his first season at the position, Stewart finished second only to Wolfe in sacks (with six), while also registering 44 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and led the Bearcats with four forced fumbles. Perhaps most intriguing about Stewart is the fact that he's not only fast off the edge, the instincts he developed while at linebacker came through at defensive end - where he finished among the country's leaders among front seven defenders with eight passes broken up. Highly regarded by the coaching staff due to his athletic talents, as well as his willingness to change positions and leadership, Stewart could be on the verge of a breakout campaign. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com