Jonathan Stewart spent three years with the Oregon Ducks football team. As a freshman, Stewart finished with nine touchdowns and only touched the ball 72 times. Stewart had six rushing touchdowns, one receiving and two kickoff returns. The running back led the nation in kickoff return average 33.7. He also rushed for a total of 188 yards as a freshman.
As a sophomore, Stewart was Oregon’s leading rusher; he recorded five 100 yard games and caught 20 passes for 144 yards. Stewart finished the season with 981 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns. He was setting to stage for his outstanding junior season.
Jonathan Stewart was excellent in his junior season; he nine 100 plus yard games and two 200 plus yard games. The first 200-yard game was a 251 yard game against Washington, and Stewart rushed for three touchdowns. The second one came in a bowl game against South Florida, where he rushed for 253 yards. Stewart finished the season with 1,722 rushing yards with 13 total touchdowns.
Collegiate awards and honors
- First-team All-Pac-10 (2007)
- Second-team All-Pac-10 (2006)
- Pac-10 All-Freshman Team (2005)
- Sun Bowl Champions (2007)
- Sun Bowl MVP (2007)
- Doak Walker Award Semifinalist (2007)
- 2005 NCAA leader in kick return touchdowns (2 TDs)
- 2006 NCAA leader in kick return yards (646 yds)
- 2007 Pac-10 leader in rushing yards (1,722 yds)
Stewart was excellent in his time with the Ducks. After college, he went to the NFL and was drafted 13thoverall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.