- Portland Tribune - Sports
• Some random comments from running back Jonathan Stewart, who probably will go in the first round of the NFL draft:
Comparing himself to another player: 'Bo Jackson. He was an athlete, superfast and strong. Watching the way he ran, hit the hole and was gone. Nobody could catch him.'
The quest to be a top-10 pick: 'Right now, it's a competition out of all players coming out. That's what I love, I love to compete. I'm competing to be picked first.'
How playing in the spread offense helped: 'Because here's a big back in the offense, and he's able to do more than just run. My blocking is way better than it's been the past couple years. I think I've developed good hands.'
On getting a new car: 'No, I'm not glitz and glamour. I'm probably going to keep mine for a few years (it's a 1999 Chrysler 300).'
Getting his 40-yard dash time down and his bench reps of 225 pounds up (he says he has run 4.34 seconds and benched 225 30 times): 'Anything can happen. But I don't want to put words in my mouth before I do anything.'
Competing in the mercenary NFL: 'The only difference (from college) is the money - it's your job - and the attention you get. Any sport you play you have to stay on your toes and be competitive. And know everything's not given to you. What is given can be taken. Taking that (thinking) to the NFL, I'll adapt.'
- Jason Vondersmith