Sunday, May 17, 2009

Countdown to the Countdown: #12 (Matt Stinchcomb)

Friday, May 29th marks 99 days until Georgia and Oklahoma State kick off their 2009 seasons in Stillwater. Leading up that date, we are counting down the Top 25 UGA football players of the past 25 seasons.

12. Matt Stinchcomb (1995-1998)
  • Started 32 consecutive games at offensive tackle
  • Finalist for 1998 Lombardi Award
  • 1998 Draddy Award recipient (given to the college football player nationally who exemplifies the best combination of academic achievement, athletic achievement, and community service)
  • All-SEC: 1996 (Coaches' 2nd team), 1997 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team), 1998 (AP 1st team, Coaches' 1st team)
  • All-American: 1997 (AFCA Coaches'), 1998 (AFCA Coaches', Playboy, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Football News, Sporting News)

Stinchcomb was dominant from the first time he started as a sophomore at UGA. He moved from right tackle to left tackle before his junior season, maintained that dominance, and became an All-American. He was perhaps the best combination of athletic and academic prowess ever to play football for UGA. Former winners of the Draddy Award (mentioned above) include Danny Wuerffel and Peyton Manning.

Stinchcomb was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring due to numerous injuries and a heart problem that occurred during back surgery. He now works for both CSS and 680 the Fan in Atlanta as a college football analyst.

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