Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 13: Ethan Pocic
LSU received an unprecedented amount of good news this winter when a handful of rising seniors announced they would return to the Tigers in 2016.
Ethan Pocic was among those expected to test the NFL waters, but instead he will be back to anchor the Tigers’ new-look offensive line as the unit’s lone senior starter.
The 6-foot-7, 309-pound lineman has started 25 games over the past three years, including all 12 of LSU’s games last season, making him far and away the most experienced of any current starter along the offensive line.
That type of leadership will be invaluable to Tigers up front, as Pocic is one of three starters returning to the unit.
Pocic brings a lot to the table in terms of his experience, but he’s equally as impressive from a football standpoint. During his career at LSU, Pocic has started at both guard and center, and even spent time at both spots a season ago.
In nine starts at right guard and three at center, Pocic led the Tigers with 128.5 knockdown blocks, which was the most for any LSU lineman in five years. Pocic finished second on the team in terms of snaps played, and he made it count against SEC opponents. The versatile lineman registered 16 knockdowns against Mississippi State, 15 against Auburn, 17 against South Carolina, 13.5 against Florida and 14 more against Texas A&M.
Entering the 2016 season, Pocic is projected to be LSU’s starting center and will be a key part of the offense’s always-potent rushing attack.
Coming Thursday: A defensive anchor
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.