Ethan Pocic named to Rimington watch list

LSU's Ethan Pocic's up for the award given to the nation's best center, but will he even play that position this year?

LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic was named Wednesday to the Rimington Trophy watch list, awarded to the nation's best center.

Pocic has split time between center and guard through the first two years of his career. He started three games at center in 2014 in place of Elliott Porter, and exited spring as the Tigers' leader at that position. He finished last season with the third most knockdowns on the team (72.5).

Pocic is joined by 62 other players on the Rimington watch list, including eight total from the SEC. Ben Wilkerson was the co-winner of the Rimington in 2004, the only LSU player to receive that honor.

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But will Pocic still be eligible for the award by the end of the season?

It's possible that Pocic moves to left guard to start the 2015 season. He worked at both positions throughout the spring while LSU continues tinkering with its best combination of five offensive linemen.

LSU would have to have confidence in another center to allow Pocic to move to guard. William Clapp seems to be the next best option with Andy Dodd also working at center. If LSU is comfortable enough with someone like Clapp, a redshirt freshman, then Pocic can move to a guard spot.

That's all speculation at this point though, and at least for now, Pocic is considered among the best centers in the country.

Here's a breakdown of all the LSU players to appear on preseason watch lists thus far:

Hornung Award (Most Versatile Player) - Leonard Fournette

Maxwell Award (Player of the Year) - Leonard Fournette

Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year) - Kendell Beckwith, Jalen Mills

Rimington Award (Best Center) - Ethan Pocic

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