Yellow Jacket senior on Rimington watch list for second straight year
Nineteen earn academic honors for the spring semester
Yellow Jackets have reason to be optimistic in 2013
Injury-riddled Yellow Jackets weren't completely in sync at Saturday's scrimmage
Yellow Jackets scrimmaged Saturday morning in Bobby Dodd Stadium
Georgia Tech Overwhelms USC for 21-7 Sun Bowl Victory
* 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC (media)
* 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC (coaches)
* 2012 Most Outstanding Lineman -- Hyundai Sun Bowl
* 2012 Third Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
* 2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List
* 2012 Preseason Fourth Team All-ACC (Phil Steele)
A two-year returning starter and one of the top centers in the ACC... missing spring practice to recover from shoulder surgery, but should be full-go in August... has a good understanding of Tech's offensive scheme... an outstanding competitor... one of Tech's top performers in the weight room... has played in 37 career games with 28 starts, including 18 consecutive starts entering the 2013 season.
2012 (junior): Started all 14 games... showed his durability by playing through nagging injuries... had shoulder surgery at the end of the season... earned honorable mention All-ACC honors by the writers and by the coaches... was named Most Outstanding Lineman of the Hyundai Sun Bowl after helping Tech beat USC, 21-7... was on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy... helped Georgia Tech rank fourth nationally in rushing offense.
2011 (sophomore): Started 12 games... missed the Clemson game with an injury... helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC in rushing offense, total offense, scoring offense, fewest sacks allowed and third-down conversion percentage. 2010 (redshirt freshman): Played in 11 games and started three times at left guard... also served as a back-up to All-ACC center Sean Bedford... started vs. Virginia (Oct. 9), Miami (Nov. 13) and Duke (Nov. 20)... the Yellow Jackets rushed for an average of 368 yards in the three games that he started... helped pave the way for Tech leading the nation in rushing offense.
2009 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Kennesaw Mountain High School... AJC 5A first team all-state... Atlanta Touchdown Club Player of the Week... Cobb County Offensive Lineman of the Year... first team all-region... played in the Cobb Senior Bowl II... ranked #40 for his position by Scout, #84 by Rivals and #92 by ESPN... in 2008, started on both the offensive and defensive line along with deep-snapping responsibilities... recorded 67 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks... had an average grade of over 90-percent for his offensive line blocking... holds Kennesaw Mountain HS all-time record for tackles-for-loss and sacks... played for coach Scott Jones, earning four letters... also ran track and participated on the wrestling team for one season.
Personal: Chose Georgia Tech because of the football program, the coaching staff, the location and the academics... full name is John Hillary Finch IV... son of John III and Cheryl Finch... father, John III attended Georgia Tech... born Jan. 24, 1991 in Atlanta.. began playing football at age 11... majoring in management.