The preseason Rimington Award watch list was released on Wednesday with the SEC placing eight players on the list of the top centers in college football. One of the eight is LSU junior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
Listing Pocic on the preseason Rimington Trophy watch list is more of a "just in case" type of recognition. Pocic, when playing center, is one of the bigger snappers in the nation listed at 6-foot-7, 301 pounds and certainly deserving of the potential honor.
Since coming on late during his true freshman season in 2013 when he played in six games while earning one start, he has been a mainstay on the Tigers’ offensive line. In 2014 he started and played in 12 of the Tigers’ 13 games, starting nine games at right guard and three at center. He finished the year third on the team with 72.5 pancake blocks.
After spring practice Pocic was moved from right guard to left guard and is penciled to start there when the 2015 season kicks off with freshman Will Clapp expected to earn the starting center spot with sophomore Andy Dodd backing him up.
The other SEC players named to the preseason Rimington Trophy Award watch list include:
Evan Boehm – senior – Missouri
Ryan Kelly – senior – Alabama
Alan Knott – sophomore – South Carolina
Mike Matthews – senior – Texas A&M
Spencer Pulley – senior – Vanderbilt
Mitch Smothers – senior – Arkansas
Jon Toth – junior – Kentucky
Of this group, Kelly is considered the leader and has a great chance of winning the Rimington Trophy.
In total 63 players were named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list. The honorees will be pared down over the course of the season with the finalists announced on Dec. 7.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.