He’s fast. He’s quick. And he’s dynamic. Whether running the ball, catching passes, or returning kicks, Justin Stockton will dazzle. The Texas native is the first ever running back signed by the Pirates. Stockton will play his first indoor football game when the Pirates open the 2021 season. He last played for the XFL’s New York Guardians in spring of 2020. Before that Stockton was a member of the Arizona Hotshots of the AAF. After his college career at Texas Tech, the undrafted running back spent time in both the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks organizations. Stockton will be a multi-faceted threat for the Pirates this season.
2017, Stockton’s senior year at Texas Tech University, had him play in 11 games and finish the season with 797 yards rushing on 132 carries. He ranked 24th in the nation in yards per carry with 6.04. In addition, Stockton caught 27 passes out of the backfield for a total of 235 yards and a touchdown. Against Kansas, Stockton set career highs in rushing, 161 yards, and all-purpose yards, 194. His longest rush from scrimmage, 84 yards, came against Houston. Stockton was recognized for his performance that season by being selected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by conference coaches.
In 2016 Stockton appeared in 11 games making six starts. He set several career-high records in his junior year including most receiving yards in a game, 95, against Arizona State and longest reception, 75 yards, also against the Sun Devils. In preseason, Stockton was a candidate for the Doak Walker Award, given to the top running back in college football.
In Stockton’s sophomore year at Texas Tech, 2015, he became one of the nation’s most explosive offensive players. Appearing in 13 games, Stockton scored a touchdown in each of the team’s first four games and found the endzone in 8 games. He set a career-record with 3 TD’s against Kansas State. 2 of the 3 TD’s were on the receiving end of passes. For the first time in his college career, Stockton was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
As a true freshman Stockton rushed for nearly 400 yards on the season and averaged over 16 yards per return as a kick returner. He eclipsed 100 return yards in a game against Baylor. Heavily recruited, Stockton chose Tech over a number of college football powerhouse programs. He majored in human sciences at Tech and is entering his age-25 season with the Pirates.