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Oregon Ducks Football WR Evan Stewart signs unique NIL deal and joins big names

Oregon Ducks receiver Evan Stewart enters next season as one of the best pass catchers in the country and is now signing a new NIL deal to further reflect that.

According to reports from On3, Stewart has signed a Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) contract with NXTRND, an athletic equipment company. The official website says NXTRND offers “a range of protective football equipment including gloves, socks, visors, mouth guards and arm sleeves.”

Oregon wide receiver Evan Stewart tries to avoid defensive back Solomon Davis during practice with the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon wide receiver Evan Stewart tries to avoid defensive back Solomon Davis during practice with the Oregon Ducks Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex in Eugene, Oregon. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

Stewart now adds to what is already a deep NIL pocket. He has signed deals with Coach and NOCCO USA and has signed on to participate in the highly anticipated College Football 25 video game.

NXTRND has already signed some of the biggest names in college football, with Stewart now joining an elite group.

According to On3’s report, college stars such as Alabama defensive back Caleb Downs, Colorado receiver/defender Travis Hunter and Missouri receiver Luther Burden III have already joined NXTRND as brand ambassadors. The site’s NIL chart also lists Stewart at No. 13 among college athletes with a valuation of $1.3 million.

Stewart, who transferred to Oregon earlier this season after spending the past two years at Texas A&M, has already proven he can play at the highest level in the SEC, which is good news for the Ducks as they move into the Big Ten .

Despite playing on a struggling A&M team, Stewart played in 18 career games for the Aggies. An SEC All-Freshman selection in 2022, he posted 53 catches for 649 yards and two touchdowns. He only played in eight games last season, but managed to finish with 38 catches for 514 yards and four more scores.

Stewart will look to build an immediate bond with quarterback Dillon Gabriel when the Ducks open the season at home against Idaho on Saturday, August 31.

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