Strong defensive effort, career day from Crowder help MSU hold off Eagles in home opener
Memphis scores 28 first-quarter points to hand MSU season-opening 63-7 defeat
Four MSU quarterbacks combine for six touchdown strikes Saturday at Plaster Stadium
MSU rallies from 15-point deficit behind career game from Calan Crowder, but SIU scores final 10 points to earn the win
Missouri State logs first shutout since 2010 before school-record crowd in first home game at newly-renovated Robert W. Plaster Stadium
One of the team’s top targets a year ago, Stewart will compete for time at WR again this fall ... Had one pass reception in Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15).
2014: Played in 9 games as a sophomore to earn his second letter ... Had receptions in 5 different games, including 2 catches in home opener against North Dakota (9/13/14), including a 40-yard TD catch and run from Kierra Harris ... Was also a pivotal contributor on special teams, landing MSU Special Teams Player of the Week twice for games at No. 9 Illinois State (10/25/14) and No. 1 North Dakota State (11/15/14) ... Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown against Southern Illinois (11/8/14) ... Earned a spot on the MVFC Honor Roll and was also a fall 2014 selection to the MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll ... Had 115 yards on 4 receptions in second 2014 spring scrimmage (4/12/14), including a 94-yard TD reception from QB Brodie Lambert.
2013: Finished fourth on the team with 411 all-purpose yards as a true freshman, including 5 receptions for 71 yards ... Played in all 12 games ... Scored his first college touchdown in win at Southern Illinois (11/9/13), a 24-yard catch from Ashton Glaser ... Averaged 20.0 yards on 17 kickoff returns, including a season-best 39-yarder in win at Western Illinois (10/26/13) ... Pulled in 2 receptions in home game against Central Arkansas (9/21/13) ... Earned first career start in Illinois State game (9/28/13) ... Had season-long 33-yard reception at WIU ... Notched a 28-yard kickoff return at Iowa (9/7/13) and a 30-yard return against Central Arkansas (9/21/13).
High School: A two-time Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps selection, he caught 22 passes for 519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012 at Trezevant High in Memphis ... Also returned 4 punts for scores while averaging 22 yards per return as a senior for Coach Teli White ... Intercepted 4 passes and returned 3 of those for touchdowns in 2012, accumulated 58 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles during a memorable 10-3 senior season ... Was selected to play in the Liberty Bowl All-Star Game and scored a touchdown in that game ... For his career, he scored 33 touchdowns and forced a fumble in the 2010 Tennessee Class 4A championship game ... Was also a basketball standout for the Bears.
Personal: LeMarcus Devon Stewart was born 5/12/94 in Memphis ... Son of Willie Stewart, Sr., of Memphis ... Has two brothers, Willie, Jr., and Duntevilis ... Majoring in Sport Administration.