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Drew Stanton
Cleveland BrownsNo. 5
Quarterback
Date of Birth: May 7 1984 (1984-05-07) (age 36)
Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
National Football League debut
2008 for the Detroit Lions
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
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*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats to date
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Drew Stanton is an American football quarterback who is currently a member of Cleveland Browns, who has also previously played for the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, and, most recently, the Arizona Cardinals. Generally a reliable backup veteran QB, Drew has played behind such notable starting QB's as Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer, and Andrew Luck.

College careerEdit

Stanton redshirted through Michigan State's 2002 campaign before serving as the #2 quarterback behind Jeff Smoker in 2003. In 2003, he also played on special teams where he made several impressive open field tackles. On November 15, against Wisconsin, he scored his first collegiate touchdown, a 13-yard rush.[1] However, Stanton injured his knee in the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska while covering a punt and had to undergo reconstructive surgery.[2]

After becoming the starter in 2004, Stanton received regional and national praise for his play on the field and was also named an Academic All-American. On September 25, against Indiana, he threw for 172 yards and two interceptions but rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns.[3] On October 9, against Illinois, he recorded his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a 18-yard reception.[4] On October 16, against Minnesota, he threw for 308 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and two interceptions.[5] In the 2004 season, he finished with 1,601 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions.[6]

Stanton continued his role of starting quarterback in the 2005 season. On September 17, against Notre Dame, he had 327 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception, 48 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.[7] In the next game, against Illinois, he had 259 passing yards and five touchdowns.[8] Overall, in the 2005 season, he finished with 3,077 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 338 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns.[9]

Going into his senior season (2006), Stanton had been mentioned as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate and visited New York twice for the presentation. He had been listed as high as the #2 QB in the 2007 NFL Draft by ESPN.Template:Citation needed Despite not having any substantial injuries in his high school and early college years, Stanton suffered at least one significant injury in each of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, Stanton led the Spartans to the largest point margin comeback in NCAA Division I-A history. Against conference foe Northwestern, he accounted for 331 total yards and three touchdowns, coming back from a 35-point third quarter deficit. He began his prime time performance with an 18-yard touchdown pass, and he later ran for a 12-yard score. In the fourth quarter, Stanton completed six straight passes before capping the game-tying march with a 9-yard strike with 3:43 remaining. He eventually directed the drive that resulted in a game-winning field goal to complete a 41–38 victory.[10]

For his career at Michigan State, Stanton completed 64% of his passes throwing for 6,524 yards, with 42 touchdowns and 28 interceptions while also rushing for another 1,512 yards and 15 touchdowns.[11]

Stanton participated as a quarterback in the 2007 Senior Bowl, where he helped lead the North to victory. He was named the Offensive MVP for the North.[12]

Collegiate StatisticsEdit

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Michigan State Spartans
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg TD
2003 233966.700175.95428.41
2004 1412201,60164.186131.8966877.25
20052363543,07766.72212153.41213382.84
20061642691,80761.01210124.71104454.05
NCAA career totals[13]5438466,52464.24228138.733215124.615

NFL careerEdit

Detroit LionsEdit

Stanton was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round with the 43rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.[14] He was placed on season-ending injured reserve during training camp on August 3, 2007 after having knee surgery.[15] He went 2-2 in starting a total of nine games in relief of starting QB's Shaun Hill and then Matthew Stafford, whom the Lions drafted with the NFL's number one overall pick in 2009, during his time in Detroit, before being released after the end of the 2010 serson.

New York JetsEdit

Stanton was signed by the New York Jets on March 16, 2012.[16] After the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos on March 21, Stanton requested a release or trade.[17]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On March 23, 2012, the Jets traded Stanton to the Indianapolis Colts and a seventh round pick in the 2012 draft for a sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts chose first overall draft pick Andrew Luck over Stanton for the starting position.[18]

Arizona CardinalsEdit

n March 13, 2013, Stanton signed a three-year, $8.2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Stanton served as backup quarterback to Carson Palmer whom the Cardinals acquired from the Oakland Raiders on April 2, 2013.[19] After Palmer's shoulder injury in Week 1 of 2014, Stanton became the starter for Week 2 against the New York Giants, making his first start since 2010.[20] On October 5, 2014, Stanton sustained a concussion on a hit from Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller.[21] After Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending injury in Week 10, Stanton stepped in and led the Cardinals to their 8th and 9th wins of the season.[22] In December, he suffered an MCL sprain and then subsequent infection, missing the rest of the season.[23]

On March 13, 2013, Stanton signed a three-year, $8.2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Stanton served as backup quarterback to Carson Palmer whom the Cardinals acquired from the Oakland Raiders on April 2, 2013.[24] After Palmer's shoulder injury in Week 1 of 2014, Stanton became the starter for Week 2 against the New York Giants, making his first start since 2010.[25] On October 5, 2014, Stanton sustained a concussion on a hit from Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller.[26] After Carson Palmer suffered a season-ending injury in Week 10, Stanton stepped in and led the Cardinals to their 8th and 9th wins of the season.[27] In December, he suffered an MCL sprain and then subsequent infection, missing the rest of the season.[28]

Drew would start in a total of 17 games for the Cards, posting a record of 11-6, this after having not started in any games during the 2015 season, and then a total of five in 2016 and 2017 seasons posting a record of 3-2.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On March 25, 2018, Stanton signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Michigan State at Wisconsin Box Score, November 15, 2003 (in en).
  2. "Prospect Profiles". Retrieved June 25, 2007. Template:Webarchive
  3. Michigan State at Indiana Box Score, September 25, 2004 (in en).
  4. Illinois at Michigan State Box Score, October 9, 2004 (in en).
  5. Minnesota at Michigan State Box Score, October 16, 2004 (in en).
  6. Drew Stanton 2004 Game Log (in en).
  7. Michigan State at Notre Dame Box Score, September 17, 2005 (in en).
  8. Michigan State at Illinois Box Score, September 24, 2005 (in en).
  9. Drew Stanton 2005 Game Log (in en).
  10. Michigan State at Northwestern Box Score, October 21, 2006 (in en).
  11. Drew Stanton College Stats (in en).
  12. News. Buccaneers.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-19.
  13. Drew Stanton College Stats. SportsReference. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  14. 2007 NFL Draft Listing (in en).
  15. Detroit Lions: Drew Stanton.
  16. Mehta, Manish. "Jets sign free agent quarterback Drew Stanton and wide receiver Chaz Schilens", New York Daily News, 16 March 2012. Retrieved on 16 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. 
  17. Cimini, Rich (23 March 2012). Jets QB Drew Stanton wants out. ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved on 23 March 2012.
  18. Vrentas, Jenny. "Jets trade QB Drew Stanton to the Colts", The Star-Ledger, 23 March 2012. Retrieved on 23 March 2012. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. 
  19. Drew Stanton Hopes to Win QB Job. ESPN. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  20. Katzowitz, Josh (September 14, 2014). Carson Palmer (shoulder) out for Cards; Drew Stanton to start. CBSSports.com. Retrieved on September 14, 2014.
  21. Schwab, Frank (October 5, 2014). Cardinals, already without Carson Palmer, see Drew Stanton go down too. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on October 5, 2014.
  22. Patra, Kevin (November 10, 2014). Arians: 'We can win the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton'. NFL. Retrieved on November 11, 2014.
  23. Report: Drew Stanton being treated for infection.
  24. Drew Stanton Hopes to Win QB Job. ESPN. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  25. Katzowitz, Josh (September 14, 2014). Carson Palmer (shoulder) out for Cards; Drew Stanton to start. CBSSports.com. Retrieved on September 14, 2014.
  26. Schwab, Frank (October 5, 2014). Cardinals, already without Carson Palmer, see Drew Stanton go down too. Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on October 5, 2014.
  27. Patra, Kevin (November 10, 2014). Arians: 'We can win the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton'. NFL. Retrieved on November 11, 2014.
  28. Report: Drew Stanton being treated for infection.
  29. Alper, Josh (March 25, 2018). Drew Stanton agrees to two-year deal with Browns.

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