Two-time team MVP ranks as MSUâ€™s second all-time leading passer with 6,524 career yards.
Â EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Former Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton, who accounted for 8,036 total yards and 57 touchdowns as a three-year starter, has been selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2007 National Football League Draft Saturday, April 28. Stanton, the No. 11 pick in the second round and the No. 43 selection overall, becomes the first Spartan quarterback to be drafted in the second round since 1996 when Tony Banks went No. 42 overall to the St. Louis Rams.Â The 6-3, 230-pound Stanton earned team MVP honors for the second time in his career after accounting for 2,252 total yards and 17 TDs in 2006. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist completed 61 percent of his throws (164 of 269) for 1,807 yards, 12 TDs and 10 interceptions. Stanton also rushed 110 times for 445 yards and five scores. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native started 24 consecutive games at quarterback before sitting out the season finale at Penn State (suffered a concussion midway through the first quarter Nov. 11 vs. Minnesota).Â "Iâ€™m ecstatic (about the selection)," Stanton said. "Itâ€™s a great opportunity for me to return home and play for a great franchise. Iâ€™m looking forward to learning from a seasoned veteran like Jon Kitna and offensive coordinator Mike Martz. I also love the enthusiasm and passion that (head coach) Rod Marinelli has for the job.Â "I like the way Coach Martz conducts himself, and his knowledge of the game is endless. He really focuses on the little things, like accuracy and footwork. Coach Martz has a great offensive mind, and heâ€™s been successful at every step during his career.Â "I know that Iâ€™m capable of playing in this league. This franchise is on the rise and it will become a contender soon, so Iâ€™m looking forward to fitting in as a piece of this puzzle."Â He shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (with Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith) after accounting for 331 total yards and three scores in engineering the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as Michigan State rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit for a 41-38 victory at Northwestern. Stanton recorded his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season against the Wildcats, completing 27-of-37 throws for 294 yards and two TDs. He finished off a seven-play, 60-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run as MSU cut its deficit to 38-31 with 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Spartans tied the score at 38 on his 9-yard TD strike to T.J. Williams in the back, right corner of the end zone with 3:43 to play. Stanton completed 18-of-25 passes for 203 yards in the second half.Â His other 200-yard passing efforts came against Michigan (252), Eastern Michigan (254) and Idaho (225).Â Stanton accounted for 303 total yards and three TDs to lead Michigan State to a 38-23 victory at Pittsburgh. He completed 16-of-25 passes for 198 yards, including scoring strikes of 2 yards to Kellen Davis and 12 yards to Kerry Reed. Stanton also recorded his third career 100-yard rushing game, gaining 105 yards on 13 carries against the Panthers including a 1-yard TD run.Â
"This is an awesome opportunity for Drew Stanton," Michigan State assistant coach Dan Enos (Stantonâ€™s position coach in 2006) said. "You couldnâ€™t have scripted this better for him, and it couldnâ€™t happen to a better person.
"The two things that really stand out about Drew are his intelligence and his work ethic. He understands the game, plus he possesses all the intangibles. Drew definitely has all the physical traits: good size, good arm strength and good mobility. Heâ€™s a winner, and I admire his toughness."
He ranks among MSUâ€™s career leaders in completion percentage (first at .642), pass completions (second at 543), pass attempts (second at 846), passing yards (second at 6,524), total offense (second at 8,036 yards), 200-yard passing games (second at 18), passing efficiency rating (third at 138.7) and TD passes (fifth at 42). Stanton also is listed among the Big Tenâ€™s career leaders in completion percentage (third).
Stanton was named the Northâ€™s Offensive MVP in the 2007 Senior Bowl after completing 8-of-12 passes for 53 yards, including a 7-yard TD toss to East Carolinaâ€™s Aundrae Allison in the second quarter.
A four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Stanton earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in kinesiology in May 2006.
Props to John Lewandowski the MSU SID.