79 Days Until Game Week for UGA

June 5, 2019

ATHENS - It is hard not to include Matt Stinchcomb in a countdown of top UGA things heading into the season.

The multi-year starter went on to be a 1st Round NFL Draft pick after a stellar career at UGA. After the launch of the SEC Network, Stinchcomb joined the outlet as a college football analyst. In 2018, Stinchcomb was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. 

Few Bulldogs have had as successful a run in the game as Stinchcomb. 

Matt Stinchcomb according to UGA:

One of the most decorated players in Georgia football history, Matt Stinchcomb, was honored with the 1998 NCAA Top Eight Award. The Top VIII Award is presented annually to eight student-athletes for their achievement in athletics, academics, and leadership. A two-time All-America OT, two time Academic All-America, and national Academic All-American of the Year in 1998, Stinchcomb also was a two-time member of the AFCA Good Works Team recognizing outstanding community service. A finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, he received post-graduate scholarships from the NCAA, National Football Foundation, and won the Burger King Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Division 1-A. He graduated with a 3.96 grade point average in business. 

Other notable 79s in the history of the Bulldogs…

Charley Trippi made a 79-yard punt during Georgia’s 35-0 win over Auburn on November 17, 1945 in Columbus.

Lauren Hargrove scored a touchdown on a 79-yard run during Georgia’s 46-14 win over Auburn on November 17, 1951 in Columbus.

Jake Saye made a 79-yard punt during Georgia’s 3-0 loss to Florida State on October 14, 1961 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

Horace King scored a touchdown on a 79-yard run during Georgia’s 24-21 win over Ole Miss on October 12, 1974 at Sanford Stadium in Athens. 

Juan Daniel scored a 79-yard touchdown pass from Eric Zeier during Georgia’s 23-23 tie with No. 3 Auburn on November 12, 1994 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. It is the last tie game in Georgia history. 

Top UGA players to ever wear the No. 79

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