Matt Stinchcomb did a lot of good things on the field and off as a football player at Georgia and in the NFL. Now he’s trying to see that for similarly-engaged college football players are recognized.
Stinchcomb is a selection committee member of the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team. It is an organization that seeks to honor college football players who are as successful in community service as they are playing the game.
“The idea behind it is to highlight everything that is good and right about college football and college football players,” said Stinchcomb, a former Academic All-American who now works as a college football analyst for ESPN. “I just think it’s important to get that message out there in light of all the negative issues and situations that are being covered in college football, especially during this offseason. College football in general is as popular as ever and there are a lot of great things surrounding it. But this is beyond what’s on the field. These are kids who play the game well who are also influencing their respective communities in a positive way.”
The SEC placed six players on the list of 132 candidates representing all divisions in college football nominated to make the national team. Twenty-two players, two of which will be deemed captains, will be selected.
Georgia senior tight end Aron White is one of the SEC nominees. White has already graduated with a degree in management and was student speaker at UGA’s graduation ceremonies this past December. He’s participates in Habitat for Humanity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Camp Kudzu, Camp Sunshine, Boys & Girls Club and several others. He is also interning in UGA’s compliance office, among other things. He has also played in 36 games with 16 starts at tight end at Georgia and has caught 25 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns.
Two other Georgian’s were recognized for their “good works:” Albany native Jason Jones, a junior defensive end at Ole Miss; and South Carolina junior running back Kenny Miles, a graduate of Snellville’s Brookwood High. Auburn defensive back T’Sharvan Bell; Florida running back Jeff Demps and Kentucky defensive end Jacob Lewellen also were nominated.