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Stanback To Undergo Surgery
Release: 10/16/2006
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Oct. 16, 2006

SEATTLE - University of Washington senior quarterback Isaiah Stanback has been diagnosed with a tarsometatarsal articulation of the right foot, will undergo surgery on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the 2006 football season.

The Seattle native ranks second in the Pacific-10 Conference and 22nd nationally in total offense and has led the Huskies to a 4-3 record and 2-2 mark in league play. In seven games, Stanback rushed for 350 total yards and passed for 1,325, accounting for 239.3 yards per game.

"This is an extremely unfortunate injury for Isaiah and for the team," said UW head football coach Tyrone Willingham. "The leadership he provides and the playing skill that he brings to the field will be sorely missed. He has been a huge part of the success we've had this year and will always be remembered as a key member of this football team that started the transformation of the Huskies into champions again."

Stanback suffered the injury, commonly referred to as a Lisfranc injury and named for Jacques Lisfranc (1790-1847), a field surgeon in Napoleon's army who first described the injury, in the late minutes of Washington's 27-17 loss to Oregon State last weekend in Husky Stadium.

Following the surgery, a normal recovery and rehabilitation time is expected to extend approximately eight to 12 months. Stanback will wear a cast and limit weightbearing on the foot for the next six to eight weeks, following surgery.

"It goes without saying that it is unfortunate that this injury happened," said Stanback. "My focus is on doing whatever it takes to get healthy and come back 100 percent. I want to make sure that I continue to be a leader for this team and help the other quarterbacks as much as I can. There is still a great chance for this team to go to a bowl game and I plan to do whatever I can to help the team achieve that goal.

"Of course this is a setback and (future as a professional athlete) is on my mind. But, it is more important that I don't rush things and come back 100 percent. It is obviously better for me to do things right, rehab and do everything I can to come back fully healthy."

Stanback completes his career at UW with the second longest average yards-per-completion in school history. He threw for a career-high 353 yards as a junior against Notre Dame and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2006 MLB draft despite not playing baseball at the UW. Stanback participated on the Husky track team the last two seasons and finished fifth in 100-meters at the Pac-10 championships last spring. He posted a career-best time in the 100-meters of 10.48.

Stanback graduated with a degree in American Ethnic Studies in June.

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