Pac 10 QB Visiting Dallas

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Former Washington Huskies quarterback Isaiah Stanback will visit with the Dallas Cowboys in the coming days, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

A solid athlete with NFL arm strength, Stanback was making big strides before being sidelined with a foot injury during his senior season.He offers potential at a number of positions yet will be under center at the start of his pro career.

Stanback will also visit with the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams.

Because his foot injury, Stanback was unable to run at the NFL Combine that recently concluded in Indianapolis. He did throw the ball for the coaches and scouts on hand and lifted as well, but his most impressive attribute, his speed, was not on display. Even so, he impressed several teams during his time at the Hoosier Dome this past weekend.

"I'm on track," Stanback told the assembled media in attendance when asked about his rehab from the Lisfranc injury he suffered in October against Oregon State. "I'm following doctor's orders. I've been throwing the ball, dropping back and throwing, doing drills.

"I was in a boot for four months, so I just got out of that a couple weeks ago and I'm just following orders to get back and start running again. In about three weeks I get to start running, doing drills. My doctor is going to release me for that."

After missing the final month and a half of his last year with the Huskies, Stanback also said it was helpful to get away from the game that has given him so much. Although it was tough, he said he learned some things about himself.

"It kind of humbles you and makes you really appreciate everything that you are involved in," Stanback said. "It makes you appreciate your body. You learn a lot. It's a process that I've gone through now and it's something I've learned from, definitely."

Of course, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that many teams are looking at Stanback at other positions- perhaps wide receiver or as a kick return specialist.

"I'm very open (to changing positions) but I definitely want the opportunity to play quarterback," Stanback said. "That is one thing I really want to push for, but I'm not going to be closed-minded and against it.

"I'm a team guy. I'll do whatever it takes to get ‘Ws'. I've helped out at receiver and kick returner earlier in my career when I wasn't able to play the position of quarterback, because Cody Pickett was there. It was something I've done before and I'm still willing to do, but I have my goals and I have things I want to get accomplished and I think I'm more of a threat at quarterback.

"There are a lot of guys in the league that can get out there, line up and run fast. There are not that many quarterbacks that can make the plays and really bring change to the game like I believe I can."

The Cowboys are believed to be looking at multiple young quarterbacks in this year's draft to develop behind Pro Bowler Tony Romo and veteran Brad Johnson.

Stanback Scouting Report
Bio: Two-year starter who Posted 53.4%/1,325/10/3 in eight games last year. Underwent season-ending foot surgery in October. Junior passing totals included 2,136 yards.

Pos: Athletic passer whose game made major strides before his injury. Patient in the pocket, Pos:sesses a live arm and gets passes through the tight spots. Easily drives the ball downfield with a flick of his wrist. Stands strong in the pocket and for the most part makes good decisions.

Neg: Does not consistently sense the rush. Late on timing throws. Must improve his overall pass placement.




* Scott Eklund of Dawgman.com also contributed to this report.

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