Monday, July 12, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 54 Days to Go

54: Jon Stinchcomb, Offensive Tackle #78 (1999 – 2002)

Parkview graduate Jon Stinchcomb was the second Stinchcomb brother to become an All-American lineman at the University of Georgia. Following in the footsteps of older brother Matt, Jon redshirted during the fall of 1998 and made his Georgia debut in 1999. Playing multiple positions across the offensive line for Jim Donnan, Stinchcomb earned both All-SEC Freshman and All-American Freshman team honors. In his sophomore season in 2000, he started all 12 games for the Dawgs and named to the SEC Coaches All-SEC second team.

After being named to Street and Smith’s preseason All-American squad, there were high expectations for Stinchcomb in the 2001 season. He had another great season, finishing with 18 pancake blocks for the season. His streak of 29 consecutive starts came to an end when he missed the Georgia Tech game with a knee injury. He was once again named second team All-SEC and returned for his senior season in 2002 as a pre-season All-American.

2002 was a magical year for Georgia, as the Bulldogs won their first SEC Championship in 20 years. Stinchcomb was named the permanent offensive captain and even scored a touchdown (on a fumble) in the SEC East clinching victory over the Auburn Tigers. The Dawgs offense averaged 32.6 points per game in 2002 and Stinchcomb finished as a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award. He was named first team All-SEC, first team All-American, and was named the top lineman in the SEC.

He was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Jon has enjoyed an All-Pro career and was a key member of the Super Bowl Championship squad in 2009.

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