I wrote about wide receiver Josh Stanford in today’s paper. Something I hadn’t really realized until recently is that Stanford grew up in Canada, around Toronto, before moving as a teenager to Georgia, where his football career really took off.
That means Virginia Tech’s potential top three wide receivers could be D.J. Coles (who is from Virginia), Demitri Knowles (Bahamas) and Stanford (Canada), a veritable United Nations of wideouts.
Here’s how today’s story starts:
BLACKSBURG — Although he played high school football in Georgia, Virginia Tech redshirt freshman receiver Josh Stanford is a Canadian, born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto.
His first love, hockey, was too expensive, so he migrated toward football, eschewing the Canadian Football League for all things NFL, a superior product in his mind.
“I used to watch the NFL Network every single day,” Stanford said. “I would watch the boring stuff, when they talked about stuff that wasn’t football. I loved it.”
He still pours himself into the game — yes, even over the boring, detail-oriented stuff — a big reason he could be in line for an increased role this season.
“Josh is a kid that’s going to tirelessly go at not only football, but also school,” receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said. “That’s just the way he is.”