October 24, 2011

Film Vault: Stanford shows his skills

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Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft wide receiver Dwayne Stanford had one of his most productive games of the season on Saturday night in a 62-35 win over Western Hills. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect caught eight passes for 87 yards and also hauled in a pair of two-point conversions.

Despite being hobbled by a leg injury that he suffered in the first half, Stanford caught every single ball he got his hands on and also forced a pair of pass interference calls on deep passes.

One of the knocks on Stanford has been that he's more of a jump ball receiver at this time and is not as polished in the short and intermediate routes as many of his classmates. Stanford put some of that ease to rest on Saturday night, catching passes on a variety of routes and showing the ability to get yards after the catch. Stanford also made a few nice moves at the line of scrimmage to create separation, another area that there have been concerns about in the past.

Overall, Stanford is still fairly raw a prospect but has definitely shown improvement from what I saw during the camp season over the spring and summer. He has made strides in his route-running and made some very tough catches on Saturday night. He also showed some toughness as he was clearly playing hurt but gutted it out in a game that his team needed to win. With his size and ball skills, this is a receiver that any program in the Midwest would like to add to its class.


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