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Name: Josaiah Stewart
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Everett (MA) Everett
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: #5
Last year: Stewart played at Coastal Carolina. He made 36 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass breakup.
TTB Rating: N/A
Stewart was offered by Michigan when he came out of high school in the class of 2021, back when Michigan had a strong connection in New England with then defensive coordinator Don Brown (who is now the head coach at UMass). But for whatever reason, Stewart ended up at Coastal Carolina and exploded as a freshman with 12.5 sacks, which made him First Team All-Sun Belt. His numbers fell off a little bit in 2022, though 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks still make for a decent season.
Stewart transferred to Michigan in the off-season and participated in the spring game. He’s a little undersized at 6’1″ but I think his play is still going to translate to the Big Ten. He may not rack up 12.5 sacks in a season or be a first team all-conference player, but if Michigan’s impressive defensive tackle group can eat up interior blocks and give Stewart one-on-one opportunities against offensive tackles, he’s going to win his fair share of battles. I think he will play more than Eyabi Okie, who was a one-year rental last year and now playing for Charlotte. Okie was a pure pass rusher, whereas Stewart should be able to hold up a little better against the run.
Prediction: Backup defensive end; 25 tackles, 4 sacks
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