Florida transfer linebacker Graham Stewart, who tore his pectoral muscle in July and had surgery four days later, is ready.
“I feel as good as I’ve ever felt,” Stewart told me by phone.
And that means the redshirt sophomore is getting ready to play in 2013.
I heard he likely would have received the NCAA waiver to play immediately after he transferred in and Stewart said things were looking good, heading in that direction he believed but when the injury occurred it didn’t matter.
I’m doing a story on Graham for the weekend. He had a lot to say and is an incredibly bright kid which you’ll get a taste of now because I want to leave this piece of the interview here for you to read today.
In his own words, his opinion – and as a person who has experienced both – Stewart talks about what he thinks it will take for the UConn football program to reach the level of a Florida and the like.
It involves you….
“It’s something that I believe is a long process,” Stewart said. “Tradition is something that takes time, like anything. And, maybe right now, can’t be a part of hype and a major thing, I don’t know, but UConn has come so far in a short period of time that the building blocks are in place and all that needs to be done now is the foundation…it needs to keep spreading. I also think football, as a whole, needs to just become more of a culture, more of a religion where people are more excited, more enthused. You know, when the team loses, man I mean the fans they really feel it. They feel the heartbreak and the sorrow. It’s not anger. And in victory, they’re gracious, they’re happy, they’re excited and it creates an environment that’s so fun to be around it’s like intoxicating and the people just have to be a part of it. It has to be a part of their life because otherwise they don’t feel whole. Places like Florida, places like Texas, USC, the big programs, the fans and the community that surround the team are fully enveloped know what I mean? They’re like all about it and what happens is, belief is such a strong thing because you get one person to believe then another person to believe and it just snowballs. Once something like that gets rolling it’s hard to stop it so I think that’s all it takes. If a few things change here and there, it’s off, it’s rolling here, hanging with the big boys. Personally, I know Coach [Paul] Pasqualoni is a great coach and I believe in the direction he’s headed and I think that’s where we’re heading – and it’s exciting, so…”
More from Graham Stewart coming in Sunday’s Courant which I can link here as well…