William Stanback
No. 31 – Montreal Alouettes
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-06) July 6, 1994 (age 27)
Hempstead, New York
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Uniondale High School
College:Virginia Union
UCF
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career CFL statistics
Rushing attempts:444
Rushing yards:2,763
Rushing touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

William Stanback (born July 6, 1994) is a gridiron football running back for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Virginia Union and UCF. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers and Las Vegas Raiders.

College career

Stanback began his college football career at UCF. In 2013, during a game against Rutgers, Stanback delivered a hit to Rutgers defensive back Anthony Cioffi that went viral and made that night's SportsCenter Top 10 plays.[1][2] In 2014, Stanback was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team.[3] .[4][5] Stanback then played for Virginia Union. In 2016, he rushed for 1,299 yards and was named to the All-CIAA First Team.[6]

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Stanback signed with the Green Bay Packers in May 2017.[6][7] He was released by the Packers on August 28, 2017.[8]

Montreal Alouettes

Stanback signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in May 2018.[9] He started receiving significant playing time in August 2018, and a month later the Alouettes traded Tyrell Sutton to the BC Lions; moving Stanback into the starting running back role.[10][11] Stanback finished his rookie season having played in 16 games, carrying the ball 81 times for 539 yards - he also caught 25 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns. Stanback had a breakout game in Week 4 of the 2019 season, rushing for 203 yards and three touchdowns.[12] He was named one of three players of the month for the month of July.[13] He played in 14 regular season games for the Alouettes in 2019, recording 170 carries for 1048 rushing yards and five touchdowns and 33 receptions for 329 receiving yards. At season's end he was named a CFL All-Star.[14]

Las Vegas Raiders

On January 3, 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders signed Stanback to a reserve/futures contract.[15] He was waived on August 23, 2020.[16]

Montreal Alouettes (II)

On December 14, 2020, it was announced that Stanback had re-signed with the Alouettes to a two-year contract.[17] In 2021, he played in 12 regular season games in a shortened season, but still recorded a 1000-yard season after recording 193 carries for 1,176 yards and three touchdowns.[18] He also tied a single-game career-high total for rushing yards after rushing 24 times for 203 yards and a touchdown against the Toronto Argonauts on October 22, 2021.[18] At the end of the season, he was named the East Division's Most Outstanding Player.[18]

References

  1. ^ "William Stanback of UCF Lowered the Boom on This Rutgers Defender". November 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "William Stanback hoping for NFL shot 4 years after thunderous hit vs. Rutgers".
  3. ^ "Awards Season".
  4. ^ "Central Florida dismisses all-AAC RB Stanback".
  5. ^ "UCF has dismissed junior RB William Stanback".
  6. ^ a b "Stanback Signs with Green Bay Packers". vuusports.com.
  7. ^ "Packers sign tryout RB William Stanback". May 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Packers release three players". Packers.com. August 28, 2017. Archived from the original on January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Fear of failure motivates Alouettes' rookie tailback Will Stanback". May 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "With Sutton injured, William Stanback gets shot at redemption with Als". Montreal Gazette. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  11. ^ "Lions acquire RB Sutton from Alouettes - TSN.ca". TSN. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  12. ^ "2019-07-04 Game Tracker - Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes (2572)". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  13. ^ Press, The Canadian (2019-07-31). "Rose, Stanback, Hughes named CFL top performers for July - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  14. ^ "Stars Aligned: 2019 CFL All-Stars unveiled". Canadian Football League. 2019-11-27.
  15. ^ "Raiders sign RB William Stanback". Silver and Black Pride. SB Nation. January 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Raiders add veteran experience at two key positions with Emanuel and Riddick signings". Raiders.com. August 23, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  17. ^ "Star tailback William Stanback returns to Als on new two-year deal". Canadian Football League. December 14, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c Zurkowsky, Herb (November 25, 2021). "Alouettes' Stanback, Ménard finalists for top CFL awards". Montreal Gazette.