Glenville, WV - Glenville State and its spread offense have a dynamic duo in senior wide receivers Jordan Griffin and Antwan Stewart, who are expected to give fits to West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defenses this year.
Griffin and Stewart were the Pioneers’ top two receivers in 2010, when they combined for 96 catches for 1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns. Griffin led the team with 55 receptions for 729 yards and five scores. Stewart had 41 receptions for 549 yards and six scores.
“We are very fortunate at the wide receiver spot,” said Glenville State head coach David Hutchison, whose team has all but one starter back on offense and all but two starters back on defense. “We have seven returning seniors at that position, and all of them have started games for us at some point throughout their careers.
“That group is led by Griffin and Stewart, who are two of the hardest workers on the team. They are very sure-handed, athletic guys who know how to run good routes against different coverages. They are good people, too. That is what we are trying to do here – run a good program with good people.”
Stewart said he and Griffin want their final season with the Pioneers (5-6, 4-4) to be their best, and Hutchison has a plan to make it happen.
“The coaches are trying to separate me and him so we can both draw attention from each other,” Stewart said. “They are going to put one of us on each side.”
Griffin said he and Stewart will not be the only receivers who thrive in Hutchison’s offense.
“We both had great seasons last year, but we have a lot of other good receivers this year,” Griffin said. “We will be able to spread the ball around. I don’t know if we are the two best receivers on the team this year. That is just how it all panned out last year. We have a lot of talent at receiver. We will be able to throw the ball to anybody and make things happen.”
Added Stewart: “We have some outstanding playmakers on offense.”
Based on spring practice, Stewart said the Pioneers’ offense is expected to have a 60-40 pass-to-run ration.
“The receivers should have nice seasons this year,” he said.
Stewart graduated from H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., where he earned scholarship offers from Maryland and Temple. However, his standardized test scores were not high enough and he chose Glenville State.
“I’m a city guy, and I was getting tired of that,” he said. “This is country and more laid back. I like that.”
Griffin graduated from Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg and followed his older brother to Glenville State. Jonathan Griffin played tight end for the Pioneers and was a senior when his younger brother was a freshman.
“It’s close to home, and they have a great football program,” he said. “I like how they try to play the best teams. Since I have been here, I have played against (Division I-AA opponents) Tennessee-Chattanooga, North Alabama, Central Arkansas and Liberty. It’s an experience to go to those bigger schools and see what football is like at that level.”