He's come a long way from the unheralded and mostly disregarded recruit from the much-hyped '08 recruiting class. Doomed to toil at the football backwater that is Eastern Washington, Speedy jumped at the chance to sign with a BCS school when CU came calling late in the process. He showed up on campus and, to the shock of most outsiders, immediately took hold of the running back job. Darrell Scott and Ray Polk be damned, Speedy was so good even Hawk couldn't ignore his talent, and significant playing time was awarded early. By the 3rd game of his collegiate career, Rodney Stewart was dropping a 28 carry, 168 yard performance on #21 West Virginia on national TV.
|Speedy has been the focal point of the CU offense since he first burst onto the scene against West Virginia.|
|He does whatever it takes to get past the defense.|
|He's meant everything to the Buffs the last couple of years, and there's never been a more deserving Buffalo Heart Award Winner. From: the Post.|
Now, in case you haven't noticed, CU has a deep and proud tradition of producing running backs of high-caliber. Names like White, Anderson, Davis, Bieniemy, Salaam, Warren, Brown, Purify, and Charles litter the Buffs record book and have been featured on pro rosters. There is a reason, afterall, that career rushing stats are listed first in the CU media guide.
The problem I have when I compare Rodney to these guys is the era in which Speedy played - or more like the error. Playing the vast majority of his career under Hawk and his losin' crew, Speedy never appeared in a bowl game, and never played on a winning team. In fact, his career record in games he participated in is a shockingly bad 14-28.
|His career was marked with far too little celebrating.|