Michigan State vs. Idaho - September 2, 2006 (photos by John Gwillim)
Superb all-around athlete heads into his second season as Michigan State's starting quarterback . . . adds a running dimension to the spread offense . . . ranks among the top preseason candidates for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to college football's top player . . . ranked among the nation's top 20 quarterbacks by The Sporting News (No. 11), Lindy's (No. 16) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 19) . . . preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports . . . rated the Big Ten's "Best Scrambler" by Lindy's . . . already ranks as the most accurate passer in Spartan history, completing 64.1 percent of his throws . . . hit 15-of-21 throws (.714) for 311 yards and three touchdowns in three spring scrimmages . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second year in a row . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . presented the Governor's Award as the team's Most Valuable Player . . . played in 10 games in 2004, including seven starts at quarterback (vs. Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Penn State and Hawaii) . . . did not play in the season opener at Rutgers, plus sat out the second half of the Michigan game and the entire Ohio State game with a separated shoulder . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in total offense (third at 228.8 yards per game), passing efficiency (third with 131.8 rating), rushing (eighth at 68.7 ypg.) and passing (10th at 160.1 ypg.) . . . in Big Ten games, he finished third in the league in total offense (238.7 ypg.), sixth in passing efficiency (125.9 rating), seventh in rushing (74.1 ypg.) and eighth in passing (164.6 ypg.) . . . completed 141-of-220 throws (.641) for 1,601 yards, eight TDs and six interceptions . . . ranked third on the team in rushing with 687 yards on 96 carries and five TDs . . . his 687 yards represent the second-best single-season rushing total by a quarterback in Spartan history . . . posted the third-highest rushing average in school history, averaging 7.2 yards per carry . . . shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for 406 total yards in the season finale against Hawaii - the second-best single-game total in Spartan history . . . completed 22-of-32 throws (.688) for a career-best 330 yards and rushed for 76 yards on 12 carries against the Warriors . . . after misfiring on his first pass attempt vs. Hawaii, he completed his next 10 attempts for 181 yards, including a 15-yard toss to Eric Knott . . . played the entire second half vs. Wisconsin and accounted for 65 total yards, including a 31-yard TD strike to Matt Trannon late in the third quarter . . . played a near-perfect first half vs. No. 12 Michigan, accounting for 175 total yards . . . rushed 12 times for 80 yards, including a 5-yard TD run late in the first quarter, and completed 10-of-13 passes for 95 yards against the Wolverines . . . shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for a school-record 410 total yards in MSU's 51-17 victory over No. 19 Minnesota . . . became the first quarterback in Spartan history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game . . . completed 20-of-31 throws for a career-best 308 yards and three TDs against the Gophers, including scoring tosses of 25 and 36 yards to Knott and 56 yards to Terry Love . . . recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season vs. Minnesota, gaining 102 yards on 13 attempts . . . each of his first six carries (75 yards) resulted in first downs against the Gophers . . . accounted for 254 combined yards (rushing, passing and receiving) and four TDs vs. Illinois . . . completed 21-of-28 throws (.750) for 199 yards and three scores against the Illini, including scoring tosses of 11 yards to Jerramy Scott, 6 yards to Jason Teague and 27 yards to Agim Shabaj . . . scored on his first career reception, an 18-yarder from Scott vs. Illinois . . . . threw for 245 yards vs. Iowa, setting personal bests for pass attempts (54) and completions (29) . . . also picked up 89 yards on 15 carries against the Hawkeyes, including a 1-yard TD run . . . accounted for 306 total yards and two scores in his first collegiate start at Indiana as the Spartans rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to post a 30-20 victory in the Big Ten opener . . . rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries vs. Indiana to become the first Spartan quarterback to record a 100-yard rushing game since Charlie Baggett gained 120 yards vs. Northwestern in 1975 . . . scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards against the Hoosiers . . . came off the bench to account for 159 total yards (110 passing, 49 rushing) in the second half vs. Notre Dame, including a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter . . . provided a spark off the bench in the home opener vs. Central Michigan, orchestrating a 13-play, 96-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter that iced the game . . . his 38-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play from the CMU 40 set up MSU's final TD . . . participated in only non-contact drills during spring practice while continuing to rehab from reconstructive knee surgery . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in all 13 games in 2003, primarily on special teams . . . injured his knee covering a punt in the first quarter vs. Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl . . . ranked No. 4 on the special teams leaderboard with 146 production points . . . led the punt-cover team with 13 tackles (9 solos, 4 assists) . . . posted two tackles each vs. Penn State (1-1), Iowa (2-0) and Louisiana Tech (1-1) . . . his 29-yard run off a fake punt on fourth-and-4 from the MSU 43 in the third quarter vs. Penn State set up Jeff Smoker's third touchdown pass, a 17-yarder to Jerramy Scott . . . recorded a season-high three stops (2-1) in the 2003 season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . saw action in four games at quarterback (vs. Rutgers, Indiana, Wisconsin and Penn State) . . . his 13-yard TD run in the fourth quarter vs. Wisconsin capped a 10-play, 96-yard drive . . . also completed 1-of-2 passes for 8 yards vs. Wisconsin . . . his first career completion - a screen pass to DeAndra Cobb - resulted in a 31-yard gain vs. Indiana . . . 2002 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Spartan Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep, PrepStar and Max Emfinger All-American . . . rated among the nation's top 20 quarterbacks by SuperPrep (No. 15), Student Sports Magazine (No. 15), TheInsiders.com (No. 17) and ESPN.com's Tom Lemming (No. 18) . . . also ranked among the country's top passing QBs (No. 7) by USA Today's Max Emfinger . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 15) and SuperPrep (No. 17) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 3), Lansing State Journal (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 6) . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams . . . two-year starter completed 234-of-357 career passes (.655) for 5,293 yards and 58 touchdowns while leading Harrison High School (Farmington Hills, Mich.) to back-to-back state titles in 2000-01 . . . threw only nine career interceptions . . . connected on 132-of-196 throws (.673) for 2,822 yards and 31 TDs as a senior for Coach John Herrington . . . his 2,822 passing yards and 31 TD tosses mark the fifth-best single-season totals in state history . . . rushed for 350 yards (47 carries) and nine TDs in 2001 . . . accounted for 259 total yards and three scores in the 2001 state Division 3 championship game vs. Fruitport as Harrison capped off its perfect season (14-0) with a 28-6 victory . . . hit 14-of-18 passes for 210 yards and two TDs vs. Fruitport and scored on a 24-yard run in the second quarter . . . completed 102-of-161 throws (.634) for 2,471 yards and 27 TDs as a junior . . . threw for 163 yards and two TDs plus ran for another score in a 42-0 win over East Lansing in the 2000 state championship game . . . shortstop/pitcher batted .561 as a junior, including three homers and four triples . . . son of Gaylord and Christine Stanton . . . born May 7, 1984 . . . majoring in kinesiology.
Stanton's Career Highs
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