LSU center Ethan Pocic is one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding center, the Rimington Trophy committee announced Monday.
Pocic, a three-year starter for the Tigers, joins West Virginia's Tyler Orlosky and Ohio State's Pat Elflein as finalists for the trophy. Former Alabama center Ryan Kelly won the trophy last year.
“Ethan Pocic is an amazing young man. He is attentive to detail, driven toward success, passionate about the game of football and ferocious when he snaps his chin strap. He is bright, coachable and fearless,” said LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes in the a news release by the school. “In 24 years of coaching, I have never coached a young man who prepared better, cared more or worked harder. He is deserving of any award that might be given to him for the way in which he played the game his senior season.”
The Rimington winner is determined by the finalist who receives the most first-team votes on three All-American lists — the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America
The new Rimington Trophy winner will be announced on ESPNU's Red Carpet Show prior to the College Football Award Show, which will be televised on ESPN, on Dec. 8 in Atlanta. LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White will be attendance at the College Football Award Show as he is finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
Pocic, a senior from Lemont, Illinois, earned the most snaps of the Tigers offensive linemen while starting every game. Pocic actually started one game at tackle this season due to injuries along the starting offensive line. Pocic, who was named Southeastern Conference offensive linemen of the week three times this season, also led the Tigers with 92 knockdown blocks.
LSU ranks No. 20 nationally in rushing yards per game (238.1) and is fourth in the country in rushing yards per attempt (6.27). The Tigers are also No. 28 nationally in sacks allowed, giving up 18 total sacks in 11 games.
Pocic and No. 19 LSU (7-4, 5-3) will play No. 15 Louisville (9-3, 7-1) in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida at 10 a.m. CST on Dec. 31. The game will be televised on ABC.
LSU will play in Florida this season after all.