Talented and versatile offensive lineman who has shown the ability to play either center or guard for the Tigers … Started at both center and right guard for the Tigers in 2014 … Penciled in as LSU’s starting center heading into 2015 … Has all tools necessary to be an offensive line all-star and one that can play at the next level … Great knowledge of the game and makes others around him better … Leader on the field and in the meeting rooms … A player that youngsters on the team look up to for leadership and guidance … For career, has played in 18 games with 13 starts.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014)
Played and started 12 games for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2014 … Missed the Louisiana-Monroe game with an injury … Played a total of 743 snaps and did not miss an offensive play in the last five games of the season … In all, played every offensive snap in eight of LSU’s 13 games … Finished third on team with 72.5 knockdown blocks … Starts came at center (3) and right guard (9) … Started first two games at center in place of Elliott Porter … Shifted to right guard for the Mississippi State contest and remained there until the second quarter of the Arkansas game … Returned to center in the second quarter against Arkansas after Porter went down with a season-ending ankle injury … Closed out season starting at center against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl … Had 11 knockdown blocks in wins over Ole Miss and New Mexico State.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Played in six games with one start … Started in place of an injured Elliott Porter against Furman and helped the Tigers to a 48-16 win … Played all 64 offensive snaps against Furman … Other action came against UAB (9 snaps), Kent State (7), Ole Miss (1), and Arkansas … Filled in for one play against Ole Miss at center for Elliott Porter and then was pressed into action at center against Arkansas when Porter went down with an injury … Was at center, along with fellow true freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, for LSU’s last-minute 99-yard game-winning drive against the Razorbacks in the season-finale … For the year, played 102 offensive snaps with 11 knockdowns … Had four knockdown blocks in just 21 snaps against Arkansas, easily the best game of his young collegiate career.
Ranked as one of the top prep linemen in the nation in 2013 … First-team Parade All-American as a senior … Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at LSU in January … Took part in spring practice and earned Newcomer Most Improved Award after the spring game … Named a 2013 Under Armour All-American and first-team USA Today All-American … Ranked as a five-star prospect by PrepStar and named to the Top 150 PrepStar Dream Team … A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, 247sports.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … Rated as the No. 3 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals and the No. 7 offensive tackle by 247sports … Ranked as one of the Top 100 recruits in the nation, regardless of position, by all major recruiting sites … Named to the IFCA 6A All-State team … Led Lemont to a state semifinal appearance as a senior … Coached by Eric Michaelsen.
Parents are Kim and Gary Pocic … Born Aug. 5, 1995 … His brother, Graham, played at the University of Illinois where he started 36 games on the offensive line in his four years with the Illini and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors twice … Majoring in sports administration.