Stanford Football: Cardinal land Air Force transfer QB Isaiah Sanders

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The Stanford football program has added another quarterback in graduate transfer Isaiah Sanders.

The Stanford football team has officially added another quarterback to their depth chart in the form of Air Force graduate transfer Isaiah Sanders. And just as they lose a quarterback to the transfer portal, they gain one as well.

Sanders has spent the last three seasons playing sparingly at quarterback for Air Force. In 16 games, the new Cardinal quarterback made six starts totaling 13 touchdowns, (nine rushing, four passing) and 1,709 total yards (953 passing, 756 rushing).

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Don’t expect to see Sanders receiving any playing time barring injury, however.

Davis Mills will return and he’s expected to be the unquestioned starter entering the 2020 season following K.J. Costello‘s transfer to Mississippi State. Sanders will just essentially take Costello’s place in the quarterback room.

Sanders is just the second graduate transfer in the history of the Stanford football program. The first of whom was current Houston Texans outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett who transferred from arch-rivals Cal back in 2015.

On another interesting note, Sanders will wear the No. 0 marking the first player in Stanford history to wear that number.

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The Aurora, Colorado native is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job with a host of other players currently on the roster. Most notably will be junior quarterback Jack West who started a game last season following injuries to both Costello and Mills.

And those injuries are exactly why acquiring this depth is so important.

This added quarterback depth is critical for the Stanford football team.

Stanford football fans saw firsthand last season just how crucial depth at the quarterback position could be. The entire Cardinal team was subject to countless injuries last season but aside from the offensive line, perhaps no position was hit harder than quarterback.

And those injuries were a major part of the team’s lack of success — particularly on offense — last year.

Sanders gives the team some added insurance in a player with more starting experience than any other quarterback on the roster not named Davis Mills. West has started just one game and the likes of Tanner McKee, Dylan Plautz, and Beau Nelson have yet to throw a collegiate pass.

At the very least, Sanders has experience and he’s a much-needed insurance policy behind Mills who showed promise last year, but isn’t exactly an all-conference selection just yet.

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Stanford knows just how important depth at the quarterback position is and they just managed to bolster that depth by landing Sanders.