Mentoring is just another part of the maturation process in college football according to Georgia All-American candidate Jon Stinchcomb.
"It's a part of football. There were some great players that helped me when I first got here."
A pre-season All-American, Stinchcomb explained that several former Georgia players contributed to his development as a player. He named Steve Herndon and Chris Terry, among others that helped him in his early years in Athens.
But the person that has had the most influence on Jon Stinchcomb is his brother Matt. A former All-American at Georgia, and currently with Oakland Raider, Matt has been Jon's mentor for years. Watching Matt from early in the recruiting process to picking an agent to represent him in the NFL has been extremely helpful for Jon.
"He has always been my role model," said Jon of his big brother.
Jon went on to call his brother's experience at Georgia "priceless" for his development and success.
Both Jon and Matt have been academic success stories for the University of Georgia. Matt was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1996 to 1998. He was also named as an Academic All-American in 1997 and 1998.
Jon has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year that he has played at Georgia. He was named Academic All-American for the first time in 2001. He was the only player in the SEC to have that distinction.
Because of Jon's ability to excel in both the classroom and on the field, he is the ideal role model for younger players on the team. And this season Jon will have his work cut out for him, with the amount of offensive linemen that Georgia signed in the spring.
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