A sizeable lineman who is expected to open first active season vying for a role as Will Simmons' top backup at the right guard slot ... Could also experience action at the tackle position and contribute a key blocking role in ECU's kicking game on special teams ... In addition to addressing increased strength, work in conditioning program during initial year resulted in a loss of nearly 25 pounds from an announced 301-pound signing day weight ... Considered a talented and assignment-sound lineman with a high ceiling for continued development by coaching staff.
2011: Spent true rookie campaign as a redshirt on scout team ... Inked with ECU during the traditional early February signing period.
High School: Named to the Associated Press All-State Team as a senior ... Selected to the 2010 preseason and postseason NCPreps.com 2A All- State squads ... Helped Panthers to an 11-2 record and an 8-0 mark in the Rocky River Conference during final season ... Team advanced to second round of North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs before falling to Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology 14-7 ... A 2010 All- Rocky River Conference and First-Team All-Charlotte Observer selection ... Did not allow a sack or quarterback hurry while tallying 48 pancake blocks as a senior ... Finished final season grading out at 96 percent ... Opened running lanes and provided pass protection for the Panthers to average 30.9 points per game in 2010 ... Began career at tight end before switching to the interior during junior season ... Also served as a defensive end, long snapper and kickoff returner during 2009 campaign ... Recorded 22 tackles, seven stops for a loss and a pair of sacks as a junior ... Played for head coach Frank Ambrose, who regarded him as a "natural leader" ... Rated as the 133rd-best offensive tackle according to ESPN.com.
Personal: Full name is Stewart Randall Hinson ... Son of Randy and Stephanie Hinson ... A health fitness specialist major ... Held a 4.16 high school grade-point average as a senior.