Who said a center can't be tall? Sure, some have trouble getting their pads low enough to neutralize short, hard-charging nose tackles. But technique is more important than height. Just ask Fighting Illini center Graham Pocic. Now in his second year as a starter, he's compensated quite nicely despite being one of the tallest centers in captivity.
October 2, 2011
The Fighting Illini offensive line hasn't set the world on fire perhaps, but it is opening holes for the running game and providing protection for the quarterback. There isn't much depth, but the first group appears to be operating as a single unit. Center Graham Pocic must make all the calls for the line, and he is improving weekly in his first year at the position.
October 8, 2010
Every year players graduate from college football teams, giving younger ones a chance to compete for starting spots. The Illini lost two talented offensive linemen after last season, but this is an opportunity for players like Graham Pocic to step up. He is taking advantage of it.
April 25, 2010
Freshmen football players enter college with high hopes of glory on the field. They are eager for early playing time, hoping to develop into NFL prospects. A few, like Lemont's Graham Pocic, graduate from high school early just to get a head start. But when that doesn't work out like you hope, you have to keep on working and waiting for your time to come.
April 20, 2009