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5 Things to Know: CB M.J. Stewart

Catch up on these five things to know about Bucs’ second-round pick M.J. Stewart Jr.


  1. He's good at tracking the ball. Stewart is now the all-time pass-breakup leader at the University of North Carolina after adding 12 to his total in his senior year alone. Over his four years in Chapel Hill, he recorded 41 pass breakups overall, breaking the previous record of 40, set by Robert Williams. His sophomore season in 2015, he tied for the ACC lead with 18 pass breakups on the year. 2. He's a four-year player. Stewart appeared in all 12 games during his first season for the Tar Heels as a true freshman. He finished the year with 26 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions. Following his four years at North Carolina, he totaled 199 career tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, six interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 41 pass breakups. 3. He and newly drafted safety Jordan Whitehead play well on the same field already. Stewart's career-high of 13 tackles was set against the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. That Panther team featured fellow Bucs' 2018 draftee Jordan Whitehead at safety and utility running back. Whitehead had two carries for 13 yards on the ground and had 12 tackles of his own on defense playing safety, marking his season-high for 2016. 4. He's heavily involved in his community. Stewart watched the 2018 NFL Draft from the Langston-Brown Community Center in Arlington, Virginia. To pass the time, he played bingo with some of the senior citizens there, in addition to working with youth at the center. 5. He graduated early. **Stewart graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in December of 2017 with a degree in exercise sports science.
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