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With 5 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 5 on roster Mr. Josh Stanford. Depending upon the health of DJ Coles and the overall effectiveness of Demitri Knowles, Stanford might turn into the Hokies top receiving threat this fall. Some of that is due to his athletic ability, his route running ability, and his high ceiling as a wide receiver. For me, Stanford exudes greatness and you can tell that just by watching him in an interview. Most 19 year olds focus on how good they are. For Josh, he focuses on what he could have done better. That mentality will benefit him immensely in this game and in return, it should benefit the Hokies this fall.
Weight: 196 lbs
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Martin Luther King High School (in Georgia)
Location: Ontario, CN
High School Career
Stanford was a late bloomer and was only discovered during his senior season by defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. What a senior year it was for the Georgia native. Stanford capped off his high school career with a 56 catch, 1018 yard performance.
Tech was one of nine known scholarship offers for the three star receiver. Stanford received official offers from UCLA, UCF, TCU, Arkansas State, Mid Tennessee State, LA Monroe, Memphis, and Colorado State.
Reasons For Excitement
Watch Out Jarrett Boykin: With Virginia Tech going to a more balanced offense, I would expect the young receivers in this era to accumulate more receiving stats than those on past Virginia Tech teams. Granted, we’re not going to an Air-Raid attack but I think Loeffler may use more short passes, which could lead to more 40 and 50 reception years for our receivers. The benefit of that is Josh Stanford could use a solid freshman campaign to boost him towards break Jarrett Boykin’s record for receptions and receiving yards in a career.
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Solid Possession Receiver: I don’t view Stanford as a game-breaker but he has the ability to take 15 yard completion to the house if applicable. That said, Stanford is going to do most of his work this season over the middle. He seems comfortable there and could even line up in the slot in many of our three and four-wide sets. That will match him up against a team’s third cornerback, which is a very favorable matchup for the Hokies.
Causes For Concern
For The Love Of All Things Holy Stay Healthy: Tech’s depth at wide receiver is a little dire. Don’t worry though, depth won’t be much of a concern past this season, especially if Tech can lure Noah Brown down here. Still, for this year it’s a concern. So, Stanford needs to stay healthy. As does Knowles and our no. 1 receiver DJ Coles. Keeping those three guys on the field will lead to a more successful offense.
What to Expect in 2013
There’s a part of me that believes Stanford may finish this season as our top receiver statistically. However, a lot of that depends on the health of Coles’ knee. If he can play 12-13 games then Coles will likely lead Tech in receiving but I highly doubt that Coles will play that much. His knee is still in pretty bad shape with how much he weighs.
Stanford has the ability to be a great one here at Virginia Tech and his career starts in five days. Hopefully, he can live up to his billing and help lead this Virginia Tech offense.
If there’s any player on roster currently that has a shot at breaking Jarrett Boykin’s records, it’s Stanford. Boykin was a four year starter for Tech and it’s going to take another four year starter to amass those numbers in our offense. If Stanford performs well this season, I could see him setting the pace for future Virginia Tech receivers.
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