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Backup QB Shawn Stankavage transfers to Rice

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Stankavage attempted one pass in four years at Vanderbilt.

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Shawn Stankavage barely saw the field in four years at Vanderbilt thanks to injuries, and now he’ll be leaving the program.

The Rice Owls announced via Twitter this morning that Stankavage would be joining their program as a graduate transfer, ending his Vanderbilt career. Stankavage completed one pass for six yards in the Alabama A&M game in 2017, which constituted his only game action at Vanderbilt. Injuries derailed both his 2015 and 2016 campaigns, and it’s likely that he can apply for a sixth year of eligibility at Rice if he wants to.

The move leaves Vanderbilt with three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for the 2018 season, and one of those — true freshman Allan Walters, who signed in December — seems to be a likely redshirt. Stankavage would have been a nice insurance policy to have around in case presumptive starter Kyle Shurmur and backup Deuce Wallace were both injured and/or ineffective; now, there’s a small but significant chance that Vanderbilt may be forced to burn Walters’ redshirt.