Nevada Union graduate and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football standout Cole Stanford is heading to Green Bay, Wisc. today to start his NFL journey and try to catch on with Packers.
“I was a little disappointed on draft day when nothing came around,” Stanford said in a phone interview. “But I’m headed to Green Bay and I’m going to make the best of it and see what happens.”
After not getting drafted last weekend, Stanford’s agent shopped his client around and got interest from the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers; Stanford decided to head north.
“I was told I need to be versatile,” Stanford said. “I’m bigger and faster than a lot of the guys, but I may not have the defensive technique they have.”
Stanford who played slot receiver for the Mustangs said he’s expected to contend for a spot as a wide receiver or possibly safety.
At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 225 pound Stanford redshirted his freshman year, played linebacker the following year, was a standout on special teams his sophomore season, moved to offense his junior season as a slotback (241 yards rushing, 486 yards receiving, four touchdowns), and wrapped up his senior year with 354 yards receiving and four touchdowns to lead all Mustang receivers.
Stanford said he flies out to Green Bay today and will return Sunday to finish up his senior year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he is set to earn a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing.
He expects to hear back on whether he will get an invite to training camp in the next couple of weeks, he said.
“Hopefully when I graduate in three weeks I can head back to Green Bay and start my NFL career.”
Stanford added that the time he spent at NU was critical to his ability to be successful on and off the field in college and singled out coaches Dave Humphers, John Keith and Brad Dal Bon for helping him get to this point.
Stanford was originally a walk-on player for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but by his senior year had earned a scholarship and was named a team captain.
While at NU, Stanford played defensive back and wide receiver, amassing 40 receptions, 694 yards and five touchdowns in two years of varsity football.
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