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Derek Stanley
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 182 | Position:WR | College: Wisconsin-Whitewater

Stanley has been a multi-talented performer on the football and track teams for the Warhawks. The talented sprinter's athletic ability helped him earn All-American honors in the long jump four times in three seasons of track and field competition for Wisconsin-Whitewater. He added All-American honors on the gridiron as a receiver in 2006 and as a kickoff returner in 2003.

At Verona High School, Stanley competed as a receiver, running back, kickoff returner and cornerback. He earned All-Conference and All-Area honors in his last two seasons. He also excelled in track, competing in the sprints and long jump.

As a true freshman at UW-Whitewater in 2003, Stanley saw action as a cornerback and kickoff returner. He earned All-American honors as a kickoff returner and All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second-team accolades as an all-purpose back. In 10 games, he led the Division II ranks with a 36.9-yard average on 12 kickoff returns for 443 yards and two touchdowns. He saw minimal action on offense as a running back, carrying once for eight yards. On defense, he started once, recording 19 tackles (13 solos) with an interception and two fumble recoveries.

In 2004, Stanley lined up at cornerback in 10 games and saw action as a running back and slot receiver in seven of those contests. He caught 15 passes for 179 yards (11.9 avg) and two touchdowns. He rushed three times for 47 yards (15.7 avg) and blocked a punt that he recovered for a 10-yard gain. He added 213 yards on 11 kickoff returns (19.4 avg). On defense, he registered 25 tackles (18 solos) with a sack, five pass deflections and an interception.

Stanley concentrated on offense as a junior, earning second-team All-WIAC honors as he ranked second on the team 52 receptions for 1,328 yards (25.5 avg) and 16 touchdowns while starting all fifteen games at split end. He added 183 yards on 13 kickoff returns (14.1 avg) and averaged 101.2 all-purpose yards per game.

Stanley was named All-American and All-WIAC first-team in 2006. He ranked fourth in the nation with 1,141 yards receiving, as he led the team with a career-high 63 receptions (18.1 avg) and a school single-season record 17 touchdowns. He added four solo tackles and amassed 1,250 all-purpose yards.

In 50 games at UW-Whitewater, Stanley started 30 times on offense and 11 times on defense. He caught 130 passes for 2,648 yards (20.4 avg) and 35 touchdowns. He carried nine times for 81 yards (9.0 avg) and returned two punts for 10 yards. He added 929 yards on 41 kickoff returns (22.7 avg) with two scores.

He amassed 3,695 all-purpose yards and scored 226 points. On defense, he recorded 48 tackles (35 solos) with a 1-yard sack and 2.5 stops for losses of 18 yards. He intercepted two passes for 27 yards in returns and had six pass deflections. He also recovered two fumbles and blocked one punt.


Positives: Has a lean, but well-defined and muscular frame that can carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk without the additional weight affecting his speed … Shows a sudden burst off the snap and the second gear to quickly ride up on a defender and gobble up the cushion … His experience on defense helps him easily locate the soft areas on the field and he shows good vision to pocket pressure, breaking off his route and working back when the quarterback is in trouble … Dangerous on the reverse, showing the loose hips and head fakes to slip past the initial tackle … Takes well to hard coaching and has put in the extra hours after practice to work on his routes the last two years, trying to make up for time on defense and the track team … Has the speed quickness and vertical jump ability to elevate and get to the ball at its high point … Shows very good agility and flexibility coming out of his breaks and is fluid in his running motion … Despite his size, he is durable and never missed a game due to injury … Plays on all the special teams and while not a valid returner anymore, he shows good tackling form as a gunner … Flashes very good quickness off the snap, but is inconsistent in building his acceleration … Has improved his pattern running, doing a better job of keeping his feet in bounds than he did in the past … Because of size issues, he has to rely on quickness rather than strength to elude and break tackles … Good short-area receiver with natural hands and is conscious of protecting the ball before running … Makes outstanding over the shoulder grabs and does a good job of breaking off his route to come back for the off-target throws … Has the timed speed to take the ball to the house, but needs to use his second gear more often … More of a pesky type of blocker with marginal strength, but shows willingness.

Negatives: Needs to add more bulk, but has room for possibly just 10 more pounds and looks frail, even at that weight … Doesn't always play up to his timed speed and is still a work in progress in regards to route running (will revert to soft angle cuts) … Lacks the size and strength to defeat the press and struggles to get into his route once a defender gets a piece of his jersey … Struggles in the classroom and might have problems with a complicated playbook … Must rely on his speed to separate, but will run into spots … Must do a better job of keeping his feet along the sidelines, but showed improvement in 2006 …

Gets good separation on long routes, but needs to show better effort in attempts to elude from tight quarters (will go down after the initial hit) … Willing blocker, but is easily washed out of the play by a strong blitz.

Compares To: TROY WALTERS-ex-Arizona … Stanley has explosive speed, but is still learning route running technique after two years on defense and four offseasons of running track instead of participating in spring drills. He is easily taken down after the first hit and doesn't always play up to his timed speed. He makes some incredible over the shoulder grabs and in a multiple receiver formation, he could be a nice change of pace type who showed with his 33 touchdowns the last two years that he can make the big play.

Career Notes

Stanley holds the school career record and tied the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-time mark with 35 touchdown receptions … His 17 touchdown grabs in 2006 broke his own school single-season record of 16 in 2005 … Holds the school all-time record with 2,648 yards receiving and ranks second with 130 catches … Set another Warhawks single-season record with 1,328 yards receiving in 2005 … His average of 25.5 yards per catch in 2005 and 36.9 yards per kickoff return in 2003 also established UW-Whitewater season records.

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette, adding third-team honors from … All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team pick … Ranked fourth in the nation with 1,141 yards receiving, catching a career-high 63 passes (18.1 avg) with a school season-record 17 touchdowns in fifteen starts at split end … Rushed four times for 19 yards (4.8 avg) and recorded four solo tackles on the special team coverage unit … Added 90 yards on five kickoff returns (18.0 avg) … Scored 102 points and amassed 1,250 all-purpose yards … Helped UW-Whitewater go undefeated in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, undefeated in the regular season, and advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Stagg Bowl (champion-ship game).

2005 Season

All-WIAC second-team selection … Started all fifteen games at split end, catching 52 passes for a school season-record 1,328 yards (25.5 avg) and set a then-school record with 16 touchdowns … Ran once for 7 yards and returned thirteen kickoff returns for 183 yards (14.1 avg) … Scored 100 points and totaled 1,518 all-purpose yards, an average of 101.2 yards per game.

2004 Season

Played in all ten games on defense as a boundary cornerback and in seven contests as a reserve split end … Recorded 25 tackles (18 solos) with a 1-yard sack and 1.5 stops for minus 2 yards … Deflected five passes and intercepted another for a 27-yard return … Blocked a punt that he recovered for a 10-yard return … Added 213 yards on eleven kickoff returns (19.4 avg) … Ranked fourth on the team with fifteen receptions for 179 yards (11.9 avg) and two touchdowns … Carried three times for 47 yards (15.7 avg).

2003 Season

All-American first-team selection by Football Gazette, adding second-team honors from as a kickoff returner … All-WIAC second-team pick as an all-purpose back …

Appeared in ten games as a cornerback, recording 19 tackles (13 solos) with a stop for a 16-yard loss … Recovered two fumbles, deflected a pass and intercepted another … Led the Division III ranks with a 36.9-yard average on twelve kickoff returns for 443 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Saw limited action as a running back, carrying once for an 8-yard gain.

Injury Report

2007: Could not complete agility tests on March Pro Day due to a hamstring pull.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.34 in the 40-yard dash … 240-pound bench press … 38-inch vertical jump … 10'7" broad jump … 30 1/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 27/37 Wonderlic score.


Stanley was a four time All-American selection in the long jump and also competed as a sprinter … He placed second indoors 2004, sixth outdoors 2004, eighth indoors 2006, third outdoors 2006 in the NCAA Division III Finals.

High School

Attended Verona (Wisc.) High School, playing football for head coach Dave Richardson …

Competed as a receiver, running back, kickoff returner and cornerback … Earned All-Conference and All-Area honors in his last two seasons … Also excelled in track, competing in the sprints and long jump.


Health Science major … Father ran track at Wisconsin-Madison … Born 8/27/85 … Resides in Madison, Wisconsin.