Panthers get running back help at 13

By: associated press
By: associated press

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have snared Oregon running
back Jonathan Stewart with the 13th selection in the NFL draft.

Stewart left Oregon a year early after carrying 280 times for 1,722 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007, ranking him first in the Pac-10 and fifth nationally in rushing yards. He also set an Oregon record for rushing yards, 2,481 all-purpose yards and 14 100-yard rushing games.

Stewart was a threat as a kick returner last year, bringing back 23 for a 26.7-yard average.

The 5-foot-10 Stewart put up solid numbers as a sophomore, gaining 981 on 183 carries while scoring 10 touchdowns. His 2006 was hampered by a sprained ankle and bruised ribs.

Stewart is an exceptionally strong runner with powerful legs and great balance. He recognizes holes and is very tough to bring down. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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