William Stanback
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Stanback with the Alouettes in 2022
No. 31 – BC Lions
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-06) July 6, 1994 (age 29)
Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Uniondale (Uniondale, New York)
College:UCF (2013–2015)
Virginia Union (2016)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing attempts:625
Rushing yards:3,716
Rushing touchdowns:11
Receiving yards:1,058
Player stats at CFL.ca

William Stanback (born July 6, 1994) is an American professional gridiron football running back with the BC Lions 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 of the National Football League (NFL).

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] On September 22, 2015, Stanback was dismissed from UCF after reportedly failing multiple marijuana tests.[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

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+34 in
(1.82 m)
233 lb
(106 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.55 s 1.63 s 2.77 s 4.59 s 6.90 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
23 reps
All values from Pro Day[7]

Green Bay Packers

Stanback signed with the Green Bay Packers in May 2017.[6][8] He was released by the Packers on August 28, 2017.[9]

Montreal Alouettes

Stanback signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in May 2018.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13] He was named one of three players of the month for the month of July.[14] 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.[15]

Las Vegas Raiders

On January 3, 2020, the Las Vegas Raiders signed Stanback to a reserve/futures contract.[16] He was waived on August 23, 2020.[17]

Montreal Alouettes (II)

On December 14, 2020, it was announced that Stanback had re-signed with the Alouettes to a two-year contract.[18] 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.[19] 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.[19] At the end of the season, he was named the East Division's Most Outstanding Player.[19]

In 2022, Stanback suffered a broken ankle in the first game of the season and was placed on the six-game injured reserve list.[20] He returned to practice on September 27, 2022, and played in the final four games remaining in the regular season.[21] He played in five regular season games where he had 34 rush attempts for 153 yards and one touchdown in addition to six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

In the 2023 season, Stanback played in 14 regular season games where he had 147 carries for 800 yards and two touchdowns as well as 27 receptions for 241 yards and one receiving touchdown. He also played in both playoff games, including the East Final victory over the Toronto Argonauts, where the Alouettes qualified for their first Grey Cup appearance since 2010.[22] In Stanback's first Grey Cup game, he had nine carries for 68 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and won his first championship as the Alouettes defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 110th Grey Cup game.[22] As a pending free agent in the following off-season, Stanback was granted an early release on January 30, 2024.[22]

BC Lions

On February 6, 2024, the BC Lions announced that they had signed Stanback to a one-year contract.[23]


  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. ^ "2017 NFL Draft Scout William Stanback College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  8. ^ "Packers sign tryout RB William Stanback". May 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Packers release three players". Packers.com. August 28, 2017. Archived from the original on January 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Fear of failure motivates Alouettes' rookie tailback Will Stanback". May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "With Sutton injured, William Stanback gets shot at redemption with Als". Montreal Gazette. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  12. ^ "Lions acquire RB Sutton from Alouettes – TSN.ca". TSN. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  13. ^ "2019-07-04 Game Tracker – Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes (2572)". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  14. ^ "Rose, Stanback, Hughes named CFL top performers for July – TSN.ca". TSN. The Canadian Press. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  15. ^ "Stars Aligned: 2019 CFL All-Stars unveiled". Canadian Football League. 2019-11-27.
  16. ^ "Raiders sign RB William Stanback". Silver and Black Pride. SB Nation. January 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "Raiders add veteran experience at two key positions with Emanuel and Riddick signings". Raiders.com. August 23, 2020. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  18. ^ "Star tailback William Stanback returns to Als on new two-year deal". Canadian Football League. December 14, 2020.
  19. ^ a b c Zurkowsky, Herb (November 25, 2021). "Alouettes' Stanback, Ménard finalists for top CFL awards". Montreal Gazette.
  20. ^ "William Stanback Suffers Injury in Week 1". cflnewshub.com. 2022-06-13. Retrieved 2022-08-19.
  21. ^ TSN ca Staff (2022-09-28). "Alouettes RB Stanback (ankle) returns to practice – TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2022-09-28.
  22. ^ a b c "Alouettes release running back William Stanback". Canadian Football League. January 30, 2024.
  23. ^ "Lions sign Stanback to beef up run game". CFL.ca. 2024-02-06. Retrieved 2024-02-07.