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Former Lawrence County High standout David Stewart (76), now a starting offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans, provides blocking for quarterback Vince Young (10).
NFL lineman Stewart says Tuberville isn't in trouble yet
By Michael Wetzel
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NASHVILLE — Is head coach Tommy Tuberville's job in jeopardy following Auburn's loss to SEC foe Mississippi State?
Not yet, MSU graduate and Tennessee Titans' starting offensive tackle David Stewart of Moulton said.
But, Stewart warned, Auburn has got to start winning.
"Football fans in this state get a little restless if you start losing too many football games," he said.
Stewart, who is in the final year of his contract with the Titans, signed a scholarship with MSU after graduating from Lawrence County High in 2000.
In 41 career games with the Bulldogs, Stewart started 38 times, including 35 straight to end his college career.
The Titans selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft. The 1999 all-state player, who also recorded 120 tackles and 28 sacks as a prep defensive lineman, is fulfilling a boyhood dream by playing in the NFL.
But his heart is with college football and he never passes on an opportunity to watch it on television, especially the Bulldogs.
Because he was in team meetings as the Titans prepared for their home opener with Indianapolis, Stewart said he missed most of the game between Auburn and Mississippi State.
"I happened to turn it on TV near the end of the game," he said. "I wasn't really surprised. Auburn has kind of been struggling offensively lately, and Mississippi State is better than some think. LSU roughed them up, but they're good, and LSU might be the best team in the nation."
LSU defeated Mississippi State 45-0 in Starkville, Miss., in the season opener for both schools Aug. 31.
Stewart resides in Nashville with his wife, but he visits Lawrence County in the offseason.
"I wasn't really in Moulton much this summer, but when I was, I was on the river fishing with friends," he said.
If you're looking for "Big Country" Stewart by his signature dirty cowboy boots and T-shirt, you may miss him. Following the Titans' 22-20 loss to the Colts, Stewart slipped on size 16-17 brown Crocs.
"Can't find this size in the stores. I've got to order them off the Internet," he said.
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