Buchanan and Thornton to Senior Bowl, Hawthorne to Shrine Game, Green to All-Star Classic
42 Illini Earned at Least a 3.0 GPA and Five Graduated Following Fall 2012
Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains
Four More Illini Honorable Mention Selections
Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class
Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.
Illinois vs Western Michigan 9/1/2012
Photos from the 2012 Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium - April 14, 2012 (photos by Mark Jones)
2012 - Senior: Played in 10 games, making eight starts at center and two starts and right tackle ... Honrable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media ... Voted 2012 Team Captain by teammates ... Named team's Outstanding Offensive Player at annual postseason banquet ... Started at center against Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona State and Western Michigan ... Played every offensive snap in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Started at right tackle against Wisconsin and Penn State after not playing against Louisiana Tech or Charleston Southern due to injury ... Named to preseason watch lists for the Outland and Rimington Trophies ... Named a preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele ... Named Offensive MVP of 2012 Spring Practice.
2011 - Junior: Started at center in all 13 games ... Earned the Illinois Faculty Award for Exemplary Leadership in community, classroom and on fied for 2011-12 ... Helped the Illini to 301 total yards and 149 rushing yards against Wisconsin ... Aided the Illini in 518 yards of total offense, including 308 rushing in win over Indiana ... Helped Illinois to 473 total yards against Northwestern ... Helped the Illini to 296 rushing yards and 463 total yards against Western Michigan ... Paved the way for 519 yards of total offense, including 364 rushing in win over South Dakota State ... Started at center and helped the Illini to 202 rushing yards and 473 total yards against Arkansas State.
2010 - Sophomore: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Phil Steele's third-team All-Big Ten ... Started all 13 games at center... Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th-best in the nation (246.1 ypg) ... The Illini offense broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history ... Aided the Illini offense in posting 533 yards of total offense in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Helped Illini tally 318 yards rushing at Fresno State ... Paved the way for 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in win over Northwestern ... Helped Illinois' offense record a season-high 561 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing, at Michigan ... Paved the way for 437 total yards, including 282 yards rushing, in win at Penn State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 319 rushing yards in victory over Northern Illinois ... Named co-Most Improved Offensive Player during 2010 spring drills.
2009 - Redshirt Freshman: Played in 10 games on the season ... Illini offense ranked 18th in the NCAA in rushing and second in the Big Ten ... Offense rushed for over 300 yards three times: vs. Illinois State, Michigan and Fresno State.
2008 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2008 season ... Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.
High School: PrepStar Magazine Dream Team ... Named to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area team ... Earned first-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... Four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to the Rivals 250 team ... First-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Four-star recruit by Scout.com ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Team broke 6A record for rushing yards in a playoff game vs. Highland Park ... Also broke school records for points per game (35), points in a season (490), total offense in a season (4,863) and rushing yards per game (295.2) ... Listed as the 16th-best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... Ranked the fifth-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Rated No. 23 among offensive linemen nationally by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... Led Lemont team to the school's first appearance in the Illinois state finals in 2007 ... Named team captain ... Had 26 scholarship offers ... Played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after his senior season ... Bench pressed over 350 pounds and squats 450 ... High school coach was Eric Michaelsen.
Personal: Full given name is Graham Patrick Pocic ... Born on April 5, 1990 ... Son of Kim and Gary Pocic ... Majoring in sport management ... Chose Illinois over Michigan, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.