Oregon’s Jonathan Stewart, left, carries the ball during drills in El Paso, Texas. The team is preparing for South Florida. in the Sun Bowl. - AP

Sun Bowl could be Stewart's swan song

EL PASO, Texas — When Oregon meets South Florida in the Emerald Bowl on Monday, it could be Jonathan Stewart's final game in an Oregon uniform.

Stewart isn't talking much about whether he'll declare for the NFL draft, or stay in Eugene for his senior season.

Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said he and Stewart have yet to hear back on the draft evaluation they requested from an NFL panel, and Bellotti said the two will talk at least two more times before Stewart makes his decision.

But Bellotti said at least twice earlier this month he thought Stewart was leaning toward returning.

Stewart, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior, set a school rushing record with 1,469 yards this season.

The running back played through a toe injury late in the regular season and should be closer to full strength Monday than he was when running 39 times for 163 yards against Oregon State.

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said the first thing his team noticed about Stewart was his size.

"You can't arm tackle him and when he gets to the open, he goes," Leavitt said. "When he changes direction and speed, he gets to a high speed quickly and he gathers a lot of yards quickly. He has a tremendous burst, and that concerns you. He's as good as we've faced."

Meanwhile, senior Kwame Agyeman will more than likely start his seventh straight game and third in a row at middle linebacker because of the shoulder injury to Casey Matthews, Bellotti said.

Senior linebacker A.J. Tuitele dislocated the pinkie finger on his right hand Thursday trying to intercept a pass but will play.

Jeffrey Maehl is expected to start at slot receiver despite suffering a slight concussion Wednesday that caused him to miss practice.

, and H-back Matt Larkin broke his hand Wednesday and will play with a padded cast Monday.

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