Ethan Pocic: #77 not “Just 17”

Published: May. 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM CDT
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Ethan Pocic (No. 77) blocks on a play during the LSU spring game.
Ethan Pocic (No. 77) blocks on a play during the LSU spring game.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The new faces of the LSU football team made their debut in Tiger Stadium for the spring game, including true freshman Ethan Pocic.

The Illinois native played center for starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

"The guy's a beast," Mettenberger said. "Being a guy who's supposed to be in high school right now, to come in and start at center for a spring game because Elliot was down, he did a great job and I'm looking forward to see him not only play center, but get his natural position at tackle."

Pocic left his friends and classmates behind to start classes at LSU early in order to practice during the spring.

"Well, I don't think it's a big thing for him," said his father, Gary. "He's going to try to come home for it. I think there's a break, May the something, and then he has to be back here on June 2, but if he missed it, I don't know. He didn't seem that upset if he missed it."

It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that he's leaving for, so you would think that it's an amazing thing to leave for rather than missing prom.

"Well prom, he didn't mind. I'm sure he wanted to graduate with his friends, which I think he's going to do because I think his graduation is May 24, but he said if he has something here that he had to do for football, that that would come first," Gary Pocic added.

"So, he may still get to walk with his class?" Poumaroux asked.

"I think he will. I think he's going to come home in early May, according to when he finishes up his school work," his father answered.

"That will be great. And, what are y'all looking forward to as parents? As a true freshman coming in, I think y'all are learning along the same lines with him?" Poumaroux followed.

"Absolutely, I just didn't think he would be this far along. I pretty much assumed that he'd be maybe second string or they might even red shirt him, but to see him out here with the first team is pretty amazing because he's only 17 and he's not going to be 18 for five more months. So, when you think about that, it's not like he transferred here and he's 20 or something. He's doing well I think," Pocic's father commented.

"Y'all just bought a house here, I hear?" Poumaroux asked.

"Well, we put in a bid, so we're hoping everything goes through. It hasn't been settled yet," he replied.

"Y'all want to move here to be close to him and come to all the games, I'm guessing?" Poumaroux questioned.

"Right. We're going to be here so, we're looking forward to it. It's a lot better than having to fly in, rent a hotel room or an apartment or something," Gary Pocic said.

"Why do you think Ethan chose LSU?"

"i would say Coach Miles would probably be his first reasoning why. The school work. The way that Coach Miles stressed graduation rate. He's probably one of the few that ever did. He fought and it was proven right that he has a chance to play. I think that had a lot to do with it. I think he likes to be in the South and it's a great, great football team and it has been for years. And, I think that's what he wanted. He didn't want to play for a losing team that's not been doing well for years and stuff," he answered.

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