UNLV: The former first team junior college All-America quarterback returns for his senior season under center after a strong spring performance … Will compete for time with Armani Rogers and Kurt Palandech … A former Nebraska QB, he was with the Cornhuskers in 2013-14 along with current UNLV staffers, including offensive coordinator Barney Cotton.
2016: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by starting the first four games at QB before suffering an injury … Even while playing just the first third of the season, he still led the team with 676 passing yards and six touchdown passes … In the season opener vs. Jackson State on Sept. 1, his first pass attempt as a Rebel went for a 56-yard touchdown to Devonte Boyd … His third attempt also resulted in a Boyd receiving score, this time from 32 yards out … Stanton would find Boyd for a third TD in the second quarter and finish completing 10 of his 12 attempts for 217 yards and three TDs … The following week at UCLA, Stanton completed 11 of 28 for 153 yards and one TD .. He also rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries, including an 11-yard scoring scamper that pulled the Rebels to within a touchdown in the third quarter at the Rose Bowl … Struggled the next week at CMU, completing only 15 of 41 attempts for 131 yards and a lone score … Completed 14 of 26 for 175 and one TD in the next game vs. Idaho … Suffered an injury vs. the Vandals that knocked him out of the lineup … A midyear signee in December, he enrolled in UNLV in January and took part in spring practice … Named preseason Fourth Team All-MW by Phil Steele’s before ever playing a down for the Rebels … Rated as a three-star prospect coming out of junior college by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports …
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in 13 games and led Saddleback College to the California Community College Football Coaches Association State Championship game in his lone year with the Gauchos … Named 2015 CCCFCA First Team All-American and Offensive Player of the Year by the JC Athletic Bureau … Finished the season 293-of-465 (63.0 percent) for 3,471 yards and 27 touchdowns … Also led the team in rushing with 747 yards on 183 attempts and scored 12 touchdowns. … Was 37-of-48 for a career-high 468 yards and four touchdowns vs. El Camino (Sept. 19) … Eclipsed the 400-yard passing mark twice during the season and threw for more than 300 yards six times … Threw for multiple scores in nine games and tossed three or more touchdowns in four games … Did not throw an interception in final five games over 218 attempts … Rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 19 attempts and two touchdowns against Golden West (Nov. 14).
NEBRASKA: Spent two seasons with the Huskers and played in two games as a redshirt freshman with the Big Ten school … Served as a backup to Tommy Armstrong and saw action in wins over Florida Atlantic and Fresno State … Completed his only pass attempt of the season against FAU for six yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Santa Margarita HS … Generally regarded as one of the nation’s top dual-threat QB prospect coming out of high school, ranking among the top 15 overall dual-threat quarterbacks by both 247Sports and Rivals … Was a finalist at the prestigious Elite 11 Quarter Back Camp in 2012 in California … A game-changing signal-caller who earned three letters under coach Harry Welch … Senior season was cut short due to a knee injury in week five … Led the team to a consensus ranking in the nation’s top five prep teams prior to injury … Completed 59-of-88 passes for 949 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 386 yards and 10 scores on 47 carries in 2012 … Led the Eagles to a 13-2 record and the CIF Southern Section Division I state title as a junior in 2011 … Held a completion percentage better than 60 percent and threw for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,428 and 21 touchdowns … Named the first-team quarterback on the Los Angeles Times All-Area team and was the MVP of the SouthernCaliforniaPreps.com All-Pac 5 team … Started at safety as a sophomore for Santa Margarita and also logged time at quarterback … Made 72 total tackles in 2010 and passed for 375 yards while rushing for 223 yards … Also was a two-year letterwinner on the basketball team at power forward.
PERSONAL: Johnny Richard Stanton IV is the son of Lori and John Stanton III … Has one younger sister Katie … Father, Johnny, and uncle, Pat Stanton, both swam competitively at Long Beach State … Majoring in kinesiological sciences.