The Enigma Isaiah Stanback

By Staubach and a forward by The Landry Hat 

Isaiah Stanback hs drawn a lot of attention on blogs, touted as a possible second or third receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. But so far he has been an enigma. We just don’t know who he is and how good he could be. His best asset is that he is an all-around athlete. But that also could be his biggest roadblock; what is he best at when on the field? We don’t know because we’ve never seen him play on a regular basis. He was a non-factor last season, mostly because of nagging injuries.

Regular visitor Staubach takes a quick stab at trying to solve the enigma of Isaiah Stanback:

Isaiah Stanback will be one of the more intriguing stories in camp. With some unknowns at wide receiver, his progress will be an enormous factor in the makeup at that position.

Stanback, a quarterback for the Washington Husky’s, was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft. He also was considered a baseball prospect and drafted by the Orioles in 2006. As Dallas has tried using ex-baseball players at quarterback with not much success, it may be a good omen that he will be switching position to receiver!

Setting back his progress to making this switch was a foot injury (Lisfranc sprain) that needed surgery and screws inserted into the foot (Ouch!). He is not completely foreign to the position catching 10 passes in 2003 for 143 yards. But most of the time played quarterback throwing for 3,868 yards but only a 51.5 completion percentage. He was known as a strong-armed thrower but lacking touch for shorter passes.

Stanback, the 6-2, 208-pounder has been clocked at the 40 at around 4.6. He will need to improve on that to be able to better stretch the defense. He did get into the Philadelphia game and did a decent job returning kicks averaging 26 yards on three returns. As luck would have it he injured his shoulder in that game. The one thing that is always mentioned about him is that he is a very gifted athlete. In an article by, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips called him an outstanding individual.

“His intangibles are great. He’s smart, athletic and willing to do whatever you want to do.”

The Cowboysplus article mentioned he does have an added incentive to succeed. He made three promises to his grandfather: To play college football for Washington, graduate, and play in the NFL. His grandfather passed away before he could see him drafted. But Stanback believe he is watching from a better location (and well all know why there was hole in the roof).

Has anyone seen his Myspace Page? He certainly is an interesting person. I am not even going to comment on one of the videos in there. But he is popular with the ladies.

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