Stanley signs FA deal with Ravens

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/01/2013 09:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Former Sequoyah High School football standout and Cherokee Nation citizen Nathan Stanley signed a free agent deal on April 27 with the Baltimore Ravens as the 2013 NFL Draft concluded its annual three-day event.

Stanley completed his final two seasons of college football playing quarterback for Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. The 6-foot-5-inch quarterback threw for 1,952 yards, the eighth-highest single-season total in school history, while throwing for nine touchdowns in 2012.

The Tahlequah native, who played in the Casino del Sol All-Star Game and East-West Shrine Game, finished his two-year career sixth in SLU history in passing yards (2,238), sixth in completions (205) and seventh in attempts (385).

Before transferring to SLU, Stanley played two seasons for the University of Mississippi Rebels in Oxford, Miss. He redshirted in 2008 during his freshman year at Ole Miss.

Stanley was the starting quarterback his second season in 2010 before Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli took over. Stanley started the season opener against Jacksonville State, going 6-of-10 for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Masoli took over after that and Stanley only saw the field three more times last season.

After Masoli left, Stanley figured to get the majority of the action at quarterback, but improvements by junior college transfer Randall Mackey, junior college transfer Zack Stoudt and West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti diminished his reps, which led to his transfer to SLU.

Stanley finishes his career at Ole Miss going 28-for-55 for 424 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

In 2008, Stanley was one of the country’s most sought after quarterback recruits, when he chose Mississippi over schools such as Oregon State, Maryland and Louisiana Tech.

As a four-year starter at Sequoyah, he passed for more than 6,000 yards and 70 touchdowns for the Indians, including 2,265 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2007. As a recruit, he was No. 11 in Oklahoma on Rivals.com. He was also named the National Quarterback of the Year at the second annual Offense/Defense All-American Bowl awards in Miami, Fla. Stanley’s other accolades include being named to the 2008 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Game, set for Aug. 1 at a site to be determined; Tulsa’s Channel 8 Player of the Week, which put him in the running for the Channel 8 Ford Player of the Year Award; the 2007 Class 2A-8 All-District Team and co-Offensive Back of the Year; and a spot on the Class 2A All-State Team.

Currently, the Ravens have Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco as their starter. Flacco signed a $120.6 million contract earlier this year, the richest in NFL history at the time.

Other quarterbacks on the Ravens roster are Caleb Hanie, a six-year pro from the University of Colorado and Tyrod Taylor, a three-year veteran from Virginia Tech.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏏᏉᏲ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᏤᏢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Nathan Stanley ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏎᏊ ᏗᏓᏁᏤᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏬᏂ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁ ᎾᎿ Baltimore Ravens ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎾ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ NFL ᏓᎾᏑᏰᏍᎬ ᏦᎢ ᎢᎦ ᏚᏟᎢᎵᏙᎸᎢ.

Stanley ᏚᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏂᏕᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒᎢ ᎦᎳᎸᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏴᏖᏍᏗ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏓᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎩᏄᏙᏗ ᎠᏰᏁᎦ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᎳᏏᏓ ᎯᏍᎩ ᎢᏏᏔᏗᏍᏗ ᎢᎦᏘ ᎩᏄᏙᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ ᎤᏗᏅᏒ 1,952 ᎢᏯᎳᏍᎬᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏒ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏗᏎᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏕᎦᏃᏣᎸᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏚᏅᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.

ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᏛᏒ ᎡᎯᏯ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᎶᏅ ᎾᎿ Casino del Sol All-Star Game ᎠᎴ East-West Shirne Game, ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᎲ ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎾᏍᎩ SLU ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏭᎾᏕᎬ ᎢᏯᎳᏍᎬᏓ (2,238), ᏑᏓᎵᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ (205) ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏉᎩᏁ ᎠᏁᎶᏙᏗ (305).

ᏏᏊ ᏂᎨᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬᎾ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ SLU, Stanley ᏚᏁᎶᏅ ᏔᎵ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎾᎿ University of Mississippi Rebels in Oxford, Miss. ᏝᏃ ᏱᏚᏁᎶᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᎴᏅᎭ ᎾᎿ Ole Miss.

Stanley ᎤᎴᏅᏔᏅ ᏓᏩᎶᎲᏍᎬ ᎩᏄᎪᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ Ꮟ Oregon ᏫᏂᏚᏲᏍᎬ ᏥᎨᏒ Jeremiah Masoli ᎤᎩᏍᏔᏅ. Stanley ᎤᎴᏅᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏅᏓ ᎤᏓᏁᏟᏴᏌ ᎠᏍᏚᎢᏍᎦ ᏚᏁᏄᏞᏅ Jacksonville State, ᎠᎢᎡ 6-of-10 for 133 ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎢ ᎤᏅᏅᎢ. Masoli ᎤᎩᏌ ᎣᎾ ᎠᎴ Stanley ᏦᎢᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏛ ᎤᎪᎲ ᏠᎨᏏ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎢ.

ᎣᏂᏃ Masoli ᎤᏂᎩᏌ, Stanley ᏄᏪᎵᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎤᎩᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏁᎶᏗ ᎩᏄᏙᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏟᏴᏒ Randall Mackey, ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏠᏯ Zack Stoudt ᎠᎴ West Virginia ᎤᏠᏯ ᎾᏍᏊ Barry Brunetti ᎡᎳᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏚᎲ reps, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏪᏅᏒ ᎾᎿ SLU.

Stanley ᎤᏍᏆᏛ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᎾᎿ Ole Miss ᎠᎢᏒ 28-for-55 for 424 ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏳᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵ ᏭᏗᏅᏓ ᎠᏥᏍᏆᏞᎡᎸᎢ.

ᎾᎿ 2008, Sanley ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎩᏄᏙᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ ᏗᏁᎶᎲᏍᎦ ᎤᎾᏑᏱᏍᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᏧᏑᏰᏒ Mississippi ᎾᎿᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏯᏛᎾ Oregon State, Maryland and Louisiana Tech.

ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓᎤᎴᏅᏔᏅ ᏏᏉᏲ, ᎤᏛᏅᏒ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎤᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏚᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ 2,265 ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏦᏍᎪ ᏅᎩ ᎢᎦ ᏚᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏓᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏑᏱᏍᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏚ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎾᎿ Rivals.com. ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏓᎪᎥ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎩᏄᏙᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ Offense/Defense All –American Bowl ᏓᏂᏅᏁᎲ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᏒᏅᎢ ᎾᎿ Miami, Fla. Stanley’s ᏗᏐᎢ ᎠᏥᎸᏉᏔᏅ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏗᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒ All-State Game, ᏗᏒᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᎶᏂ ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎨᏒ Ꮟ ᏧᏃᏍᏗ; ᏔᎳᏏ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎪᏪᎵ Player of the Week, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎨᎳᏛ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎪᏪᎵ Ford Player of the Year Award; ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ Class 2A-8 All-District Team ᎠᎴ co-Offensive Back ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ; ᎠᎴ ᎠᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ Class 2A All-State Team.

ᎾᏞᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩ Ravens ᎤᏂᎧᎭ Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ. Flacco ᎤᏬᏪᎳᏅ 120.6 million ᎤᏚᏓᎸᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ, ᏭᎪᏗᏴ ᎠᎦᏈᏴᎡᎯ ᎾᎿ NFL ᎠᎢᏒᎢ.

ᏗᏐᎢ ᎩᏄᏙᏗᎠᏏᏁᎦ ᎾᎿ Ravens roster ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎯᎠ Caleb Hanie, ᏑᏓᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ pro ᏂᏓᏕᏓᎴᏅ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ Colorado ᎠᎴ Tyrod Taylor, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ veteran ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ Virginia Tech.

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