The Kansas Jayhawks were happy to take wide receiver Joshua Stanford on as a walk-on from the Virginia Tech Hokies. Stanford wasn’t able to put up much production last season with the Hokies, but he had a very solid season in 2013 that shows what he is truly capable of doing. Kansas has been searching for offensive playmakers, and they feel like they might have gotten one in Stanford.
During the 2013 season with Virginia Tech, Stanford caught 40 passes for 640 yards and one touchdown. His numbers weren’t huge, but they were consistent and he was a big part of the Virginia Tech offense. Kansas has been in need of consistency at the wide receiver position, and that is exactly what they are getting in Stanford.
“He was a guy that was looking for a home. Somehow he found us,” head coach David Beaty said. “That’s how a lot of that came about: Those (walk-ons) were able to reach out to us.”
Beaty went on to talk about what he feels Stanford will bring to the field, and the excitement is obvious in his quote.
“He’ll bring a little bit of instant credibility to that locker room pretty quickly, and when that ball’s around him, he seems to find it, and he seems to make plays. He did that today (in practice), and I’ve seen him do it time and time again on film.”
This is a perfect opportunity for Stanford to get onto the gridiron and prove himself to a new football program. He is 6-foot-1 and has above average athleticism, and his speed is very solid as well. Virginia Tech simply wasn’t able to unlock his full potential, and perhaps the change of scenery with the Jayhawks will help him do just that.
It will be very intriguing to see what type of season he has this year with Kansas. He is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer, and there is no denying the potential that he has to become a star within the Jayhawks offense.
As you can see from the above video clip, Stanford never gives up on a play and has the potential to make a big play out of any pass that he catches.
Kansas certainly seems to have gotten lucky by snagging Stanford through transfer. He has two years of eligibility left, and there is nothing holding him back from blowing up with the Jayhawks. Expect to see him used often this season, and to prove exactly how much potential he really possesses.
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