Virginia Tech granted Joshua Stanford a temporary leave of absence in mid-September last year in order to allow him to deal with a personal issue. Nearly 11 months later, that temporary sabbatical has become a permanent one.
Kansas revealed its updated roster Thursday, with Stanford appearing as the only previously unknown transfer the Jayhawks had picked up this offseason. Stanford is the third transfer wide receiver KU has added in the last four months, joining LaQuvionte Gonzalez (transferred from Texas A&M in April) and Quincy Perdue (left UAB for KU in June). Former South Carolina linebacker Marcquis Roberts was added as a transfer as well.
The Kansas City Star writes that Stanford “appears to be eligible to play right away,” although the school has not confirmed his status for the 2015 season. Counting this season, Stanford would have two seasons of eligibility remaining if the Star is correct.
Gonzalez and Roberts will have to sit out the 2015 season, while Perdue is eligible to play immediately.
Prior to his sabbatical at Tech, Stanford had started 13 of the Hokies’ 16 games the past two seasons, including two of three in 2014. He was third on the team in 2013 with 40 catches for 640 yards. He had just five catches for 35 yards in a trio of 2013 games.
Virginia Tech’s experience and depth at the wide receiver position has taken at least a short-term hit. Whether it will turn into a long-term issue remains to be seen.
Tuesday, Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced that Joshua Stanford has been granted a leave of absence from the football team. Other than to deal with a personal issue, no reason was given for the sabbatical.
It’s also not related to any type of school-mandated disciplinary action.
Stanford has started 13 of the Hokies’ 16 games the past two seasons, including two of three in 2014. He was third on the team in 2013 with 40 catches for 640 yards. This season he has just five catches for 35 yards, totals that rank seventh and eight, respectively.
As noted by Norm Wood of the Newport News Daily Press, “Stanford is the second Virginia Tech receiver to leave the team for a period of time this season due to personal reasons. Sophomore Carlis Parker was also absent from the team for the first two games, but he returned to practice last Tuesday.”
Miami got off to a fast start wearing their fancy new smoke gray uniforms and shiny helmets, but mistakes on special teams have really taken a toll on the Hurricanes against Virginia Tech in the first half. Virginia Tech leads Miami 28-14 at the break.
Miami got the game off to a quick start with a quick screen pass from Stephen Morris to Stacy Coley that went 81 yards for an early touchdown. Virginia Tech answered with a touchdown drive capped by a touchdown run by Trey Edmunds to tie the game. Miami then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Hokies recovered the football at midfield. Five plays later Edmunds recorded another touchdown run as the Hokies capitalized on the special teams error. Edmunds would record his third touchdown of the run a little bit later as Virginia Tech once again took advantage of a special teams mistake when Miami punter Pat O’Donnell‘s knee hit the ground while fielding a low snap. Virginia Tech took over at the Miami 17-yard line and Edmunds ran in for a touchdown moments later to build a 21-7 lead on Miami.
Dallas Crawford punched one in for a Miami touchdown on the ext possession as the Hurricanes finally put together a solid drive, but Logan Thomas and a 32-yard pass to Joshua Stanford put the Hokies right back on the board with a 28-14 lead. Considering Virginia Tech has averaged just 22.3 points per game this season, Virginia Tech should feel pretty good about what is happening so far tonight.