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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU center Ethan Pocic (77) roars in celebration, after the offensive line blocked for LSU running back Kenny Hilliard's run that secured a Tiger first down, preventing one last Wisconsin offensive possession and comeback try, in the fourth quarter Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

Ethan Pocic, LSU’s All-American center and a three-year starter, had a message for quarterback Danny Etling as Pocic departed the Tigers to pursue a career in the NFL.

"I told him before I left, I told him to lead them, and I think that's what he's going to do. I have big expectations for him."

Pocic, fresh off an impressive performance at the NFL combine, spoke Thursday on Off the Bench with Culotta & T-Bob on 104.5/104.9 ESPN-FM in Baton Rouge.


On the topic of LSU, Pocic said the difference was immediately evident after LSU replaced head coach Les Miles with Ed Orgeron and installed Steve Ensminger as the temporary offensive coordinator.

"We did a little more stuff out of different looks," Pocic said. "I felt like We got everyone the ball.

"Like the Missouri game, Coach Ensminger's first game, I think we had like 10 different guys catch a ball. I think that really gets the mojo going for the group, gets things moving, too."

Pocic singled out Etling as one player who he expecting big things from next season.

"I think Danny's going to be great. I think the world of Danny," he said. "I think he's a great leader. I think he's a great football player. I think he's got a great arm."