College free agent signee saw action in all three phases of the game over his Minnesota career ... Finished career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards (3615 on 144 returns) ... Began career as primarily a wide receiver before making permanent switch to cornerback before his junior season ... Granted a medical redshirt after missing final eight games of 2011 season due to injury ... Was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by media as a fifth-year senior.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 4-30-13.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played over five seasons (2008-12) at Minnesota, including a season in which he was redshirted due to an early injury. 2012—Started all 13 games at CB and led Gophers in tackles (82) ... Returned 22 kickoffs for 513 yards to become NCAA career leader in KOR yards. 2011—Started first four games at CB, with two INTs, before missing the final eight games due to injury ... Took a medical redshirt. 2010—Appeared in 11 games, including six starts at CB, making his first career start at CB that season vs. Purdue. 2009—Caught 26 passes for 306 yards and two TDs ... Led team with 1376 all-purpose yards. 2008—Set Minnesota single-season record for both kickoff returns (42) and KOR yards (1083) ... Opened the year as a CB but worked primarily as a receiver.
HIGH SCHOOL: As a senior attended Skyline High School (Dallas, Texas), where he was a quadruple threat ... Rushed for 1153 yards with 10 TDs, had 19 receptions for 268 yards, passed for 514 yards and four scores and returned three punts for TDs ... Previously attended Seagoville (Texas) High School, where as a junior he was named Class 4A regional MVP while earning second-team all-area honors from Dallas Morning News.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Dallas, Texas ... Graduated with a degree in Youth Studies from Minnesota ... Last name is pronounced “STEW-der-mire.”
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