Talented and versatile offensive lineman who will press for increased playing time as a sophomore in 2014 ... Has the tools and work ethic to be a future star on the offensive line for the Tigers ... One of 14 true freshmen to see action for the Tigers a year ago ... Emerged as a reliable and dependable backup in fall camp ... Played in six games as a rookie, starting at center against Furman ... Can play virtually any position on the offensive line.
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 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 sport administration.