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Isaiah Stanback

Isaiah Stanback
Stanback in 2009 with the New England Patriots
No. --     Free agent
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-08-16) August 16, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Seattle (WA) Garfield
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Debuted in 2007 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012

Isaiah Ramon Stanback (born August 16, 1984) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of Washington.

Stanback has also been a member of the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years

Stanback attended Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.

Junior (2000)

As a junior, he tallied 1,653 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. He was selected as one of just three "blue chip" players by the Seattle Times.

Senior (2001)

Stanback passed for 1,628 yards and 12 touchdowns, and added over 700 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in 2001 for 2-7 Garfield High School. His passing total ranked second among Washington state Class 4A quarterbacks. He had his best game of 2001 against Inglemoor High School, totaling 399 yards passing and three touchdowns. He was an all-KingCo Conference pick again, in 2001. He is the first "blue chip" quarterback since 1998. He was one of eight Tacoma News-Tribune "Northwest Nuggets". He was a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100". He was an all-KingCo Conference pick. Stanback earned PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American honors. He was a member of PrepStar's Top 125 Dream Team. He was also, the fifth-rated quarterback in the nation according to SuperPrep. Stanback was the ranked the #23 player nationally in SuperPrep's "Elite 50". He was the #1 player in SuperPrep's Washington 22. He rated 14th among all quarterbacks nationally, fourth in the West Region, by PrepStar. Stanback was also listed by PrepStar as one of the top-three run-pass combination quarterbacks in the nation. He was one of the nation's Top 101 recruits according to Student Sports Magazine. He was also, considered the third-best "athlete" on the West Coast by PacWest Football. He was rated #23 nationally among prep quarterbacks by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. He also starred on the baseball team.

College career

Following high school, Stanback attended the University of Washington.

Redshirt freshman (2002)

In 2002, Stanback was redshirted for the season. During the 2003 spring game he went 4-of-9 for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman (2003)

In 2003, Stanback played in 11 games, mostly as a wide receiver. He also returned kicks and practiced with the quarterbacks. He was 2-for-2 passing during the season. Stanback's quarterback duties were limited to late-game situations versus Indiana and Idaho. On the season Stanback caught ten passes for 143 yards, leading the team with a 14.3 average per reception. He had four catches for 82 yards vs. Arizona, including a career-long 41-yarder. He also rushed for a total of 25 yards from the quarterback position. He also returned eight kickoffs, averaging 16.6 yards per return. He returned seven kickoffs against California, tying the school single-game record for returns in a game.

Sophomore (2004)

In 2004, Stanback played in five games at quarterback. He played against Fresno State, Oregon State, USC, Arizona and Washington State. He was second among quarterbacks with 389 passing yards. He was 11-of-29 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in just three quarters of action against Oregon State, also leading the team with 51 yards rushing. He averaged 19.9 yards per completion against Oregon State ranks fifth in school history. He scored his first career rushing touchdown in the season opener against Fresno State. He also started his first game at USC. Stanback finished the year on a high note, coming off the bench to complete five of eight passes for 100 yards against Washington State. He had a 42-yard pass vs. Washington State and connected with Craig Chambers for a 39-yard scoring play. He also ran for one touchdown in Apple Cup appearance. Stanback ran track during the winter 2004, qualifying for the indoor conference championships in the 60-meter dash.

Junior (2005)

In 2005, Stanback started all 11 games at quarterback. On the season his recorded 2,136 yards were the 15th most in school history. He averaged 194.2 passing yards per game, 11th-most ever in school history. He also ran for 353 yards on 100 carries, with five touchdown. He entered the schools all-time top-ten in total offense (2,489 yards, tenth), and total offense per game (226.3, eighth). Stanback was named the Sports Radio 950 KJR Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the team's postseason banquet.

Stanback led the Huskies to win at Arizona, completing 10-of-19 for 157 yards and one touchdown, along with a career-high 96 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. He completed a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass to Craig Chambers on a Hail Mary pass as the first half expired in Arizona, sparking the Washington win. He also, had a good day vs. #1 USC, completing 14-of-18 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, while also scoring on a run. He completed 19-of-27 passes for 242 yards against Air Force, with no interceptions and one touchdown. He surpassed the 300-yard passing mark twice, vs. Cal (301) and Notre Dame (with a career-high 353). His passing total at Notre Dame was the 14th-most ever at Washington. He also set a career-high for attempts (40) vs. Notre Dame.

Stanback then ran track for Washington in the spring. He placed fifth in the finals of the 100-meter dash at the Pac-10 Championships. He was sixth at the West Regional meet at Brigham Young University, missing an NCAA Championships berth by just .02 seconds. He ranks among Washington's all-time top-ten in the 100-meter dash (10.48, eighth) and 4x100-meter relay (40.07, seventh) outdoors, and the 60-meter dash (6.80, eighth) indoors. His 100-meter best ranks third all-time among Washington football players who have competed in track (Ja'Warren Hooker, 10.18; Sterling Hinds, 10.27).

Senior (2006)

In 2006, Stanback opened the season with solid game vs. San Jose State, passing 16-for-25 for 168 yards, one touchdown, one interception, while rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He set new career highs for carries and rushing yards vs. San Jose. In the game at Oklahoma Stanback was 9-of-22, 139 yards passing. He led Huskies to a win over Fresno State going 15-of-26, 151 yards, zero interceptions, two touchdowns passing and 12 carries, 91 yards, one touchdown rushing. He accounted for 248 of Washington's 249 yards of total offense vs. UCLA going 18-for-29 for 200 yards, one interception, three touchdowns passing along with 13 carries for 48 rushing. Stanback went 14-of-25 for 293 and two touchdowns in win at Arizona. He went 17-of-38, zero interceptions, two touchdowns, and 212 yards at USC. Stanback injured foot in a loss to Oregon State (12-of-24, 162 yards; 11 carries, 11 yards, two touchdowns rushing). He had season-ending foot surgery October 17 on his badly sprained right foot.

He ended up ranked in numerous school career and single-season statistical categories: second in career passing yards per completion with 14.38; third in career rushing yards by a quarterback with 794; fourth in career yards of total offense per game with 6.16; sixth in career passing yards per attempt with 7.40; sixth in career rushing attempts by a quarterback with 234; tenth in career total offense with 4,662 yards; eleventh in career passing with 3,868 yards; eleventh in career attempts with 523; 12th in career completions with 269; 14th in career touchdown passes with 22.

Career statistics


Career Statistics Passing
Year Team GP GS Comp Att Comp % Yards YPA TD INT LNG QB Rating
2002 Washington Huskies 0 0 0 00.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2003 Washington Huskies 11 0 2 2 100.0 18 9.0 0 0 7 175.6
2004 Washington Huskies 7 1 23 68 33.8 389 5.7 3 3 26 87.6
2005 Washington Huskies 11 11 143 264 54.2 2,136 8.1 9 6 69 128.8
2006 Washington Huskies 8 8 101 189 53.4 1,325 7.0 10 3 36 122.9
Total 37 20 269 523 51.4 3,868 7.4 22 12 36 122.85


Career Statistics Rushing
Year Team Att Yards Avg TD
2002 Washington Huskies 0 0 0 0
2003 Washington Huskies 8 25 3.1 0
2004 Washington Huskies 41 66 1.6 2
2005 Washington Huskies 100 353 3.5 5
2006 Washington Huskies 85 350 4.1 4
Total 234 794 3.4 11


Career Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD LNG
2002 Washington Huskies 0 0 0 00.0 0 0
2003 Washington Huskies 11 10 143 14.3 0 41
2004 Washington Huskies 5 1 3 3.0 0 3
2005 Washington Huskies 11 1 0 00.0 0 0
2006 Washington Huskies 11 0 0 00.0 0 0
Total 37 12 146 12.2 0 41


Career Statistics Return Statistics
Year Team G KR Yards Y/R FC TD LNG PR Yards Y/R FC TD LNG
2002 Washington Huskies 0 0 0 00.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 Washington Huskies 11 8 133 16.6 0 0 87 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 Washington Huskies 2 0 0 00.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Washington Huskies 11 0 0 00.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Washington Huskies 7 0 0 00.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 37 8 133 21.7 0 0 87 0 0 0.0 0 0 0


In 2006, Stanback was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2006 MLB June Draft despite not playing baseball in college. He turned down the offer so he could play football.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Stanback was drafted in the fourth round (103rd overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2007 NFL Draft. Despite playing mostly as a quarterback in college, Stanback joined the Cowboys as a wide receiver and kick returner. He was active for two games in his rookie season in 2007, but did not record any receptions. In 2008, Stanback was active for eight games, catching two passes for 24 yards in the opener against the New York Giants. He was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury on December 26, 2008. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 5, 2009, during final cuts.

New England Patriots

Stanback was signed to the practice squad of the New England Patriots as a quarterback on September 6, 2009. He was promoted to the active roster on November 14, 2009, when the Patriots placed rookie wide receiver Brandon Tate on injured reserve. He caught his first pass as a Patriot from Tom Brady the next day, in the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was active for six of the Patriots' final eight games of the season, finishing with three receptions for 22 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 22 yards.

The Patriots waived Stanback on May 27, 2010.

Seattle Seahawks

Stanback was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on June 1, 2010. On August 7, 2010, Stanback tore his left Achilles tendon during practice. He was waived/injured by the Seahawks on August 8,[1] and placed on injured reserve.[2] On September 4, 2011, he was placed on injured reserve again, and released the following day with an injury settlement.

New York Giants

Stanback was signed to the Giants practice squad on November 30, 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Stanback was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad on December 5, 2012. He was promoted to the active roster on December 18.

Stanback was released on August 27, 2013.

Career statistics


Career Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD LNG
2007 Dallas Cowboys 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
2008 Dallas Cowboys 8 2 24 12.0 0 15
2009 New England Patriots 2 3 22 7.3 0 9
Total 12 5 46 9.2 0 15

Kick returning

Career Statistics Return Statistics
Year Team G KR Yards Y/R TD LNG
2007 Dallas Cowboys 2 3 78 26.0 0 0
2008 Dallas Cowboys 8 10 218 21.8 0 58
Total 10 13 296 22.8 0 58


External links

  • Jacksonville Jaguars bio
  • New England Patriots bio
  • Washington Huskies bio

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