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Jun 24, 2014 9:59 PM by KSBY Sports

Former Cal Poly receiver participates in Chiefs' minicamp

After three days of catching passes from Alex Smith and playing next to National Football League star Jamal Charles, former Cal Poly slotback Cole Stanford returned home Monday from the Kansas City Chiefs' minicamp and will now wait to see if the team invites him to training camp in July.

From June 16 to 19, Stanford was in Kansas City, Mo., going through drills and working with the Chiefs' coaches.

"It's just a waiting game now, but I got some really good feedback from the coaching staff," Stanford told KSBY Sports. "And it seemed as if they really liked me. They liked the way I moved, my speed coming off the ball, my route running abilities and how I competed for every ball in the air."

The highlight of the trip, according to Stanford, was seeking advice from former All-Pro Receiver Dwayne Bowe, both on and off the field. Bowe's perseverance and ability to overcome adversity inspired Stanford to push through challenges of his own.

"It was pretty exciting to go out there and compete with those guys and see that I'm on that level," Stanford said about the experience.

Prior to taking this next step, the Grass Valley-native played on both sides of the ball during his four years suiting up for Cal Poly. Stanford settled at slotback in the Mustangs' triple-option offense during his junior season. He ended his college career with 891 total receiving yards and 314 rushing yards. He led the Mustangs in virtually every receiving category as a senior this past season.

Now, Stanford is waiting for an official invite to training camp from the Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, who he worked out with earlier this month. NFL training camps start at the end of July.

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