Three Tigers on FWAA All-America Teams
BATON ROUGE, La. – On Monday afternoon, LSU senior center Ethan Pocic was named to his fourth All-America list, as this time he was placed on the Football Writers Association of America First Team the organization announced.
One of the top offensive linemen in LSU’s history, Pocic started all 11 games for the Tigers in 2016, with 10 starts coming at center and one at right tackle. He led all LSU offensive linemen in total snaps played (680), knockdowns (92), and “great effort” plays (33). He had double-digit knockdown blocks in four games, including having a season-high 14 knockdowns in a win over Texas A&M, allowing just one sack all season.
Pocic earned the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor three times in wins against Missouri, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. With Pocic at center, the LSU offense averaged 238.1 rushing yards per game and allowed only 18 sacks all season, the second-lowest total in the SEC. LSU running backs also had record games as Leonard Fournette rushed for 284 yards against the Rebels, while Derrius Guice ran for 252 against Arkansas and 285 in the season finale at Texas A&M to set a new single-game school record.
LSU takes on the Louisville Cardinals on December 31 at 10 a.m. CT in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
QB - Lamar Jackson, Louisville, 6-3, 205, So., Pompano Beach, Fla.
RB - Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 213, Jr., Miami, Fla.
RB - D'Onta Foreman, Texas, 6-1, 249, Jr., Texas City, Texas
WR - Corey Davis, Western Michigan, 6-3, 213, Sr., Wheaton, Ill.
WR - Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma, 6-0, 176, Sr., Cameron, Texas
TE - Michael Roberts, Toledo, 6-5, 270, Sr., Cleveland, Ohio
OL - Pat Elflein, Ohio State, 6-3, 300, Sr., Pickerington, Ohio
OL - Cody O'Connell, Washington State, 6-8, 354, Jr., Wenatchee, Wash.
OL - Ethan Pocic, LSU, 6-7, 302, Sr., Lemont, Ill.
OL - Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr., Monroe, La.
OL - Connor Williams, Texas, 6-6, 288, So., Coppell, Texas
DL - Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 291, Sr., Leesburg, Va.
DL - Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 6-5, 270, Jr., Arlington, Texas
DL - Carl Lawson, Auburn, 6-2, 253, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga
DL - Christian Wilkins, Clemson, 6-4, 310, So., Springfield, Mass.
LB - Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, 6-4, 230, Jr., Pinson, Ala.
LB - Reuben Foster, Alabama, 6-1, 228, Sr., Auburn, Ala.
LB - Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, 6-1, 205, Jr., East Orange, N.J.
DB - Budda Baker, Washington, 5-10, 192, Jr., Bellevue, Wash.
DB - Malik Hooker, Ohio State, 6-2, 205, Jr., New Castle, Pa.
DB - Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, 6-1, 196, So., Hoover, Ala.
DB - Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State, 6-2, 198, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
K - Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 6-1, 195, Sr., Deer Park, Texas
P - Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah, 6-2, 220, So., Gosnells, Australia
KR - Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh, 5-8, 190, So., Wilmington, Del.
PR - Adoreé Jackson, USC, 5-11, 185, Jr., Belleville, Ill.
2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
QB - Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB - Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
RB - Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State
WR - Zay Jones, East Carolina
WR - John Ross, Washington
HB - Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
OL - Trey Adams, Washington
OL - Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
OL - Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
OL - Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
OL - Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
DL - Derek Barnett, Tennessee
DL - Hunter Dimick, Utah
DL - Ed Oliver, Houston
DL - Solomon Thomas, Stanford
LB - Kendell Beckwith, LSU
LB - Ben Boulware, Clemson
LB - Micah Kiser, Virginia
DB - Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
DB - Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
DB - Jalen Tabor, Florida
DB - Tre'Davious White, LSU
K - Daniel Carlson, Auburn
P - Michael Dickson, Texas
KR - Desmond King, Iowa
PR - Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
2016 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
Nick Baumgardner, MLive.com, Big Ten
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, Chairman
Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News, C-USA
Clay Henry, Hawgs Illustrated, SEC
Joey Johnston, TodaysU.com, American Athletic
Steve Jones, Louisville Courier-Journal, ACC
Matt Roberson, Jonesboro Sun, Sun Belt
John Shinn, Norman Transcript, Big 12
Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman, Mountain West
Phil Steele, Phil Steele Publications, Independents/National
Ryan Thorburn, Eugene Register-Guard, Pac-12
John Wagner, Toledo Blade, Mid-American