UW Quarterback Stanback Drafted by Baseball's Orioles

June 8, 2006

By Gregg Bell
Associated Press

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Isaiah Stanback's 'first love' has returned.

The Orioles contacted Stanback last week and informed him they might select him. They retain his baseball rights until just before next June's draft.

The University of Washington quarterback was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 45th round of Wednesday's major league draft, as a center fielder. Stanback, who starred in baseball at Seattle's Garfield High School, said he will not decide about baseball until after his Huskies senior football season this fall.

'The upcoming football season is my number one priority,' said Stanback, who practiced with the UW baseball team as a freshman before realizing playing both sports would hurt him academically. 'My first love really is baseball, since I played it growing up. I didn't start playing football until eighth grade.'

'My dream is really to play both sports,' he said. 'While I was growing up, I really looked up to guys like Deion Sanders, who were able to succeed at both sports.'

Season tickets for UW Husky football are on sale now by calling 206/543-2200 or by clicking here.

Stanback has been succeeding throughout his life recently.

He will graduate on Saturday, in four years, with a bachelor's degree in American Ethnic Studies. He recently just missed qualifying for the NCAA national track championships in the 100-meter dash. His 10.46 wind-aided time at the NCAA West Regional meet was 0.2 seconds away from qualifying. His best UW time was 10.48 seconds, eighth-best in school history.

Stanback threw for 2,136 yards while completing 54 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He also ran for 353 yards and five more scores. He became Washington's starting quarterback midway through the 2004 season.

Stanback and Washington begin the 2006 season on Sept. 2 at home against San Jose State. Season tickets are current on sale through the Husky Athletic Ticket Office by calling 206/543-2200 or by clicking here. A special online presale of single game sales will take place July 14-16, while telephone and walk-up orders will be accepted beginning July 17.

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