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Blaine Gabbert got up on the podium and touted about his work ethic and, "that’s the way he was raised," etc.
Stanzi didn’t get the chance to toot his own horn on a podium, but could easily make the same claims, and add, "not being the QB to make mistakes and lose the Insight Bowl this year."
Kirk Ferentz has said time and again that Stanzi’s work ethic was second-to-none the past two years, which was evidenced by his stunning improvement in interceptions and pass efficiency from 2009-2010. Sure, his win record suffered and he took fewer chances, but no one can deny that he set out and did what he said he would do; improve his individual skills to be a contender for the NFL. He was the first guy in and the last to leave at the football complex, watching endless hours of game film. Not only just watching it, but soliciting help from new mentors on how to watch film, since Stanzi was not satisfied with what he knew about football his sophomore year.
An even better example of work ethic is exemplified in his history at Iowa. He was offered a scholarship very late in November, almost getting bypassed by any Big Ten team. Arriving in 2005 at Iowa, he had to compete with then-QB Marvin McNutt for the back-up position behind eventual starter Jake Christensen.
At that time, some of his assistant coaches claimed he didn’t have what it took to be a Big Ten starter. He proved them wrong.
Stanzi beat McNutt out of the back-up spot, forcing Marvin to convert to receiver. Then he went to work to compete with Christensen (a year ahead of him), bound and determined to take the starting spot before his senior year. Ferentz saw enough improvement to allow Stanzi to compete with Christensen his sophomore year, letting each start games early in the season before making the starter choice. Stanzi took the spot from his veteran teammate, and Christensen transferred for his senior year.
There are echoes of this history unfolding leading up to the draft. Some claim he doesn’t have what it takes to compete as an elite quarterback in the NFL. That sounds like a perfect challenge for Stanzi; fly under the radar and swoop in by proving himself, not by self-promoting.