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May 7, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Catching up with Isaiah Stanback

Promise soon to answer some of the questions that have been posed here in recent days about the team’s tight end situation, conditioning and other topics.
But also figure it’s a long off-season and there’s a lot of time to address a lot of topics.
So for today, I’ll post this interview I had with Isaiah Stanback late last week following the news that he had been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round.
Stanback leaves for Dallas later this week for a mini-camp and plans to stay there through the summer until the team leaves for its training camp in California in July.
Question: Were you surprised at all to be taken by Dallas?
Stanback: Not really. They were one of the five teams that few me in to do interviews and come see their facilities and everything.
Question: Who were the others?
Stanback: I also went to St. Louis, New England, Jacksonville and Miami.
Question: What were your thoughts when you were selected by Dallas and they listed you solely as a receiver?
Stanback: It was a surprise that they listed me just as a receiver. All the teams I talked to talked about being a quarterback, slash, receiver. But it is what it is so I’m going to go out there and give it my all.
Question: Do you think you will get a chance to try QB for the Cowboys?
Stanback: As of right now, I’m a receiver. When I talked to (Cowboys owner Jerry Jones) that’s what he said. I’ll know more when I get down there.
Question: When do you head to Dallas?
Stanback: I go down there Friday (for a mini-camp).
Question: What will you physically be able to do?
Stanback: I honestly don’t know what I’ll be able to do. I’m not close to 100 percent and I don’t want to have any setbacks. I want to go talk to their trainers and find out what their decision is.
Question: Where are you at in your recovery from your injury (the Lisfranc foot injury suffered against Oregon State that ended his UW career)?
Stanback: I’m about six months into an 8-12 month recovery. I’m shooting for eight months so I’m hoping that by the end of June, everything will be going good. Everything is going good right now and just progressing along.
Question: How different do you think your draft prospects might have been had you not gotten hurt?
Stanback: If I wouldn’t have had the injury, I considered myself one of the best in the draft. I think I would have been in the first round. We would have gone on to have a great season, I feel like, and I think I would have won some honors around the league, so things would have been a lot different. But it is what it is.
Question: How did you find out the Cowboys were going to draft you?
Stanback: They called and said ‘hold on’ and gave the phone to Mr. Jones and he said ‘how you doing?’ and I said ‘I’m good, I’m good.’ And he said ‘we are getting ready to take you. You don’t have a problem playing out at receiver do you?’ and I said ‘no, none at all’ and he said ‘okay, all right.”’
Question: The Cowboys have long been known as “America’s Team.” Were they a favorite of yours growing up?
Stanback: I was more of a baseball, basketball guy growing up, but when I did watch Dallas was one of the main ones. They were my grandfather’s favorite team.
Question: I saw the pictures of your new tattoo (you can see the tattoo here). What’s the story behind it?
Stanback: I’ve always said if I was going to get a tattoo, it’s got to be representative of something for me. This one for me represents the Warrior mentality. It just kind of reminds me of everything I’ve battled to get here and that I will continue to battle through any adversity I might face.
Question: Did it hurt?
Stanback: It did hurt to get it done. I got the outline done and then I got it filled in about two weeks ago. It’s something I’d been wanting to do but I was waiting for all the interviews and stuff to be done with until I got it.
Question: Back to your playing situation. Do you think the Cowboys saw something in your time playing receiver at UW that made you attractive to them at that position?
Stanback: I think I’m a person who has some height and can run fast so they are going to make me a receiver. That’s just the league. If you have height and speed, they are going to put you in a position where you can have the ball in your hands.
Question: Will it be much of an adjustment considering you did play some receiver at UW?
Stanback: It’s definitely going to be new, but I don’t expect it to be a long process. I’ll go in and put in the work and put in the hours and learn as much I as can from those around me and plan to make the best of it. It’s not something I’ve been doing recently so it’s not going to come natural, no, but everything has a learning curve.
Question: Did any of the teams you met with express interest in you being a quarterback or a receiver, or both?
Stanback: Every team I met with, I met with the quarterbacks coach and the receivers coach.
Question: Do you hope to get a chance to try your hand at QB at some point?
Stanback: My heart is at quarterback, but if God wants me to be a receiver, I’ll be a receiver. Sometimes what we want is different than what God wants, so I’ll be the best at it.
Question: They also want you to do some returning, right? What are your thoughts on that?
Stanback: Yeah, they want me to do some returning. I’ve done kickoffs before but they also want me to try some punt returning and I’ve never done that. And kickoffs I only did for a couple of games so there will be a learning curve there.
Question: Did you meet any of the Cowboys during your visit?
Stanback: I met Tony Romo and Brad Johnson, T.O., Roy Williams, a couple of other guys.
Question: So what are your thoughts on playing with Terrell Owens?
Stanback: He’s a great player so hopefully I can learn something from him and be great teammates and get the W’s and get it done.

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