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  Josiah Vinson
Josiah Vinson

Player Profile
Hometown:
Irving, TX

High School:
Irving HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 315

Position:
OG

Experience:
2002-06


Getting To Know Josiah Vinson
Pronunciation: JOE-sigh-uh

At Stanford: Has started 23 games for Stanford at an offensive guard position over the last three seasons ... Moved from right guard to left guard prior to the 2005 campaign ... A leading contender to retain his starting left guard position this year and should continue to play a prominent role on Stanford's offensive line ... One year of eligibility remaining ... Three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection.
Career Statistics

The 2006 Season: Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2005 Season: Moved over to left guard, where he started 10 games and played in all 11 ... Selected First-Team Academic All-Pac-10.
Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2004 Season: Earned the starting berth at right guard, where he started 10 of Stanford's 11 games ... Named Second-Team Academic All-Pac-10.
Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2003 Season: Started the final three games of the year versus Oregon State, California and Notre Dame at right guard ... Was receiving playing time as a reserve before an injury to Jeff Edwards put him in the starting lineup ... Earned his first varsity letter ... Named honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10.

The 2002 Season: Did not play in 2002 as a true freshman offensive guard.

In High School: Ranked by Tom Lemming's Report as the No. 12 offensive lineman in the nation in 2001 out of Irving High School in Texas ... First-Team All-American by Lemming's, PrepStar and Gridiron Greats ... Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football First-Team Super Team ... Named All-Southwest by SuperPrep, PrepStar and Lemming's ... Two-time First-Team All-District ... Did not allow a sack as a junior or senior ... Had 85 "pancake blocks" as a senior, while adding 20 tackles and one sack in four games as a part-time defensive lineman ... Played in the second U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2001.

Personal Information:English major ... National Merit Semifinalist ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Oldest of eight children and the son of David Vinson, who played football at Notre Dame from 1974-77.

Getting To Know Josiah Vinson

Nickname: Fist of Doom
I would describe myself as a person as: Getting there
What people don't know about me is: I was once quite small
The reason I love football is: Its primal ferocity coupled with moments of accidental grandeur
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Press on
My favorite pre-game ritual is: Watching
My favorite stadium in which to play is: The new Stanford Stadium
The toughest player I have faced in college is: Haloti Ngata (Oregon)
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: How to pull an all-nighter
The best thing about Stanford is: The world-class faculty and sunny weather
My favorite class at Stanford is: CS 108
My least favorite class at Stanford is: Math 51
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs: Admissions standards
The sports team I followed when I was younger: Notre Dame
Favorite Food: Moist chocolate cake covered with a thick layer of chocolate frosting and just a hint of cinnamon
Least Favorite Food: Liver, mushrooms and any smelly cheese
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Sandwiches
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Reclaiming the Axe
If I were not playing college football, I would be: Writing more
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: Someone who got the job done
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: Probably Isaac Newton, indirectly
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: The first moon landing
The place I'd most like to visit: New Zealand
The favorite place I've visited: St. Petersburg
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: Not dependent on foreign oil
My advice to youngsters: Remember that time, once spent, is gone
If I won $1 million, I would: Either put most in mutual funds and spend frugally, or invest in a platinum grill
The one thing about college football I would change: Create a developmental league for non-qualifiers

Last Updated: January 10, 2007


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