#70 | Charlottesville, VA | 6046 | 310 | 5.05E | 2018 | FCS 2017 First Team All American | @LIL_STINNIE
A long legged, thick-framed lineman who possesses great size, a wide base and demonstrates excellent footwork, agility and balance. He plays in an up-tempo offense, that is no huddle much of the time and he often starts from a two-point stance. He displays sound hand placement and a powerful punch—he does well playing on the move and walls off defenders wonderfully. His athleticism is on full display when he darts down the line on a pull block and seals off the edge, usually resulting in a big hole for his back to run through. Was originally recruited as a defensive lineman, where he played during his first season before starting the last three years at left tackle. During that time, he has proven to be extremely durable and will finish his Dukes career with over games started, while continuing to improve each season. In fact, he did not pick up the game of football until his junior season of high school, as basketball was his initial love. His father Phil, was drafted in the third round by the New York Knicks and played 12 years in the NBA. His pass protection is where he needs to improve upon the most. At times, his feet will get too close together and he struggles a bit when he plants and pivots in his change of direction. He has been praised by the coaching staff for his intelligence, work ethic and high character. He has also been a key cog and team leader on a championship football program. His experience and aggressive style of play will appeal to NFL scouts. If moved inside at the next level, he possesses the flexibility required to excel. His best football is certainly ahead of him and there is a long-term reward to be had when selecting this player.
2017 (rSr.): FCS 2017 First Team All American. First Team All-CAA Offensive Lineman… STATS FCS First Team Preseason All-American… HERO Sports FCS Preseason All-American… Athlon Sports FCS Preseason All-American… Preseason All-CAA selection.
2016 (rJr.): Started all 15 games at left tackle… HERO Sports FCS Second Team All-American… First Team All-CAA Offensive Lineman… ECACFirst Team All-Star… VaSID First Team All-State… Roanoke Times Second Team All-State… Part of an offensive line that set JMU and CAA single-season records in scoring (700), rushing offense (4,125), total offense (7,612) and first downs (380)… Offense led the FCS in completion percentage (70.8%), team pass efficiency (181.69) and first downs… Also ranked second in scoring (46.7), third in total offense (507.5), fourth in third-down conversions (50%), fifth in rushing (275.0) and 10th in turnovers lost (13)… JMU produced more than 50 points in six games this season with an average win margin at 25.5 points per game… Named JMU’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.
2015 (rSo.): Started all 12 games… Part of an offensive line that ranked second nationally in FCS in scoring (44.3) and total offense (528.8)… Offense led the nation on third-down conversions (54%), while also ranking third in first down offense (329), fourth in completion percentage (66.9%), seventh in rushing offense (273.8) and ninth in red-zone offense (89.4%)… Transitioned from defensive line to offensive line during spring practice… CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.
2014 (rFr.): Played in 12 games… Had 11 total tackles, including six solo, to go with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry… Season-high five tackles (three solo) in regular-season finale win over Elon (Nov. 22)… Had a pair of tackles at Villanova (Sept. 20) and versus Towson (Oct. 11).
2013 (Fr.): Redshirted to retain a year of eligibility
High School: Played organized football for only two years, playing on both of the offensive and defensive lines at St. Anne’s-Belfield… Had 45 total tackles (21 solos) along with eight tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Earned First Team All-State VISAA Division 2 recognition at both offensive and defensive lineman his senior year… Was also named Second Team All-Central Virginia and Second Team All-ODFC as a defensive lineman… After his first season as a junior, he was named to the Second Team VISFA Old Dominion on defense… Also played basketball in high school… Earned a place on the Honor Roll.
Personal: Full name is Aaron Phillip Stinnie… Son of Phil Stinnie and Julia Stinnie… Graduated in Spring 2017 with a degree in kinesiology… Enrolled in post-grad studies.