Alabama's passing offense ranked 87th in the country in 2016 with only 210.3 yards per contest, but that's no reflection on Stewart's talent. He did what he could to help a freshman quarterback in Jalen Hurts, catching 54 passes for 864 yards and eight scores and rushing for 68 yards on eight carries. He was a first-team All-SEC pick despite missing three games, two to a leg injury and a third via suspension for "violating behavior rules" per head coach Nick Saban. Stewart also had an important pass play in the national championship game to keep the Tide alive in the fourth quarter. He started every game in the team's title run the previous year, making 63 grabs for 700 yards and four scores. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Stewart was a two-game starter (12-149 receiving). After being graded as a potential second-round pick by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, Stewart decided to declare for the draft to take care of his two children and the rest of his family.