Segments from Chris Carlson's article:
At Syracuse, Joe Stanard will have to shift into the secondary, likely at safety. He'll start at the bottom, behind every scholarship recruit and returnee. Even if he succeeds in climbing the depth chart, he could be displaced by next year's prospects.
None of that is lost on him.
Instead of talking about the starting lineup, he talks about working his way onto special teams. He doesn't talk about replicating the performance of former safety and NFL draft pick Shamarko Thomas, but his work ethic.
He's spent the past year doing sport-specific workouts with Vincent Scollo, the owner of VB Performance in Brewerton, attempting to develop the speed he'll need to play at the college level and dropping his 40-yard laser time from 4.87 to 4.64 and that was not his best technical run. He will be in the 4.5's by the start of season and is hoping for a place in pre-season camp.
Stanard has approached former SU linebacker coach Dan Conley and had him break down film and hopes to work out in front of former Syracuse player Derrell Smith this summer. He said he's added almost 20 pounds since the end of high school season.
"It took me a while to decide, right up to the wire," Stanard said. "I want to play, which would have been easier at the other schools, but academically Syracuse was the better fit. I'm expecting to have to work extremely hard, but that's what I'm going to do, focus on my schoolwork and football, and that's it."
When you see him on the sideline or on campus, encourage him as he works to climb the ranks of SU Football! PROUD TO BE ORANGE! GO CUSE!