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Ethan Pocic
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Ethan Pocic 1026345
Position: Center/Offensive Guard
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 302 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Lemont, Ill.
High School: Lemont HS
Major: Sports Administration
Born: 08/05/1995

2017 NFL Draft: 2nd round (58th overall) by Seattle Seahawks
2016 First Team All-America (Football Writers Association of America)

2016 Second Team All-America (Walter Camp, Sporting News, American Football Coaches Association)
2016 Third Team All-America (Associated Press)
2016 First Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP)
2016 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Missouri, vs. Ole Miss, vs. Arkansas)
2015 All-SEC Second Team (Coaches)
2015 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (at Mississippi State, vs. South Carolina)
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
One of the top offensive linemen in LSU history … Three-year starter with 37 career stars (27 at center, 9 at right guard, 1 at right tackle) … LSU was 25-12 with Pocic in the starting lineup, which included a 20-7 record with him at center … LSU produced a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his years as a starter … LSU also had a player rush for at least 100 yards in 28 of the 37 games in which he started on the offensive line … First-Team All-America by Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2016 … Second Team All-America as a senior in 2016 from both Walter Camp, Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association … Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week five times during his career, including an SEC-best three times in 2016 … Senior Bowl invitee … Graduated in December of 2016 with a degree in sports administration … Named Permanent Team Captain for the 2016 season.

SENIOR SEASON (2016)
Started all 12 games for the Tigers, 11 at center and once at right tackle due to injuries … Led all LSU offensive linemen in snaps (752), knockdowns (106) and “great effort” plays (38) … Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors three times – vs. Missouri, Ole Miss and Arkansas … Had double-digit knockdown blocks in five times, all coming during the final six games of the season … Capped career with dominating performance in LSU's 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl … P:layed all 72 snaps with 14 knockdowns and five “great effort” plays … Had 14 knockdowns in win over Texas A&M … Added 12 knockdowns vs. Ole Miss, 11 vs. Arkansas and 10 against Florida … Gave us just one sack all season (vs. Missouri) and was whistled for only three penalties (on 752 snaps) all year (1 vs. Mississippi State, 1 vs. Missouri, 1 vs. Arkansas) … Part of an LSU offensive line that helped pave the way for two of the top running backs in the SEC – Derrius Guice with 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns and Leonard Fournette with 843 yards and eight touchdowns … As a unit, LSU averaged 233.0 rushing yards per game … The Tigers also allowed only 19 sacks all season, the second-lowest total in the SEC … Key component of LSU offensive line that saw Guice and Fournette both set LSU single-game rushing records in 2016 … Fournette did it first with 284 yards in a win over Ole Miss, breaking the previous mark of 250 yards set by Alley Broussard in 2004 … Guice then broke Fournette's mark four games later with 285 yards in a win over Texas A&M … In all, LSU produced three 200-yard rushers and eight 100-yard rushers in 2016.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015)
Starter at center in all 12 games as a junior in 2015 ... Had a dominant season in which he led the team with 132.5 knockdown blocks, the most by any LSU offensive lineman in a season since at least 2010 ... Named to the All-SEC Second Team by the league's coaches … Played the second-most snaps on the line at 796 this season ... Recorded double-digit knockdowns in six games this season, including a career-high 18 at Ole Miss ... Also had 16 knockdowns at Mississippi State, 15 vs. Auburn, 17 vs. South Carolina, 13.5 against Florida and 14 vs. Texas A&M ... Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week against Mississippi State and South Carolina ... Played every offensive snap in eight games (Auburn, Syracuse, Florida, Western Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl) ... Helped paved the way for Leonard Fournette's single-season LSU rushing record of 1,953 yards ... Major key to LSU's successful running game that ranked No. 7 nationally in rushing at 256.8 yards per game … Earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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.

 

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