Stanley started every game of the 2019 season, the first time he’s started every game in a season since he came to KU in 2015 – which shouldn’t have been the case.
Stanley leaves KU with the second most touchdown passes in school history (37), behind only KU legend Todd Reesing. Stanley also became the fifth quarterback in school history to throw for 5,000 or more yards in his career. He accomplished all this despite never getting full confidence from former coach David Beaty and being limited to 33 games played (out of 48) in his career – many of which he did not start.
Who knows what the past few years might have looked like for Beaty and the team had he been given the nod as the starter? Based on his accomplishments over his career I think it’s safe to say there would have been a few more wins.
Saturday was not the way Stanley or any of the seniors wanted to go out. The game on Saturday was a disaster from start to finish as the Baylor Bears mauled the Jayhawks 61-6. Stanley was seemingly benched in the third quarter, but as it turns out, he took himself out of the game to give senior backup quarterback Manny Miles a chance to play in his final collegiate game as well.
This was just another selfless act on Stanley’s part as he quietly became KU’s best quarterback in a decade, statistically one of KU’s top five quarterbacks all-time, and one of the most likeable players KU has seen in recent memory. So here’s to you Carter:
Thank you for becoming a Jayhawk.
Thank you for staying a Jayhawk.
Thank you for putting the team before yourself.
Thank you for representing our school with pride and class.
Thank you for helping us finally beat Texas.
Thank you for showing faith in your team even when they didn’t show it in you.
Thank you for giving your all game in and game out.
And thank you for always staying true to the red and blue.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
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