"I feel like the offense we're in is the best offense for me," Pope tells Inside The Auburn Tigers about running the Aggie version of the spread.
When you see Pope play and look at his stats there isn't much arguing that statement. At 6-1, 183 with a personal best 40-yard dash time of 4.56 seconds, the athletic Pope is one of the main reasons why the Sylacauga Aggies made it back to the playoffs this season and finished with a 7-4 record.
As a junior Pope carried the ball 145 times for 956 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He also completed 44-84 passes for 558 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He says that his play as a junior reflects his growing confidence and experience as a quarterback.
"I feel like I got my team in better formations," Pope says. "I did a better job of checking off and learning when a play is good and when it isn't good. I also got better at reading defenses."
A starter at cornerback in his freshman season for the Aggies, Pope took over the duties at quarterback in 2007 as a sophomore and had a big year. As a junior things began to come together for Pope and his Sylacauga teammates as they made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. He notes that was important, but not the ultimate goal for the team.
"Getting to the playoffs was a big step for the team," he adds. "It boosted our confidence for next season. I'm not saying we were satisfied with what we got because we know we can work harder next year."
With a GPA of 3.4 in addition to his athletic ability, it's no surprise that schools are already beginning to show interest in Pope. In face he's already taken one unofficial visit and has another planned in the coming weeks. While he's hearing from a few schools, he says it's way to early for him to even talk about favorites at the moment.
"I have heard a little bit from Duke and a little from UAB," Pope says. "I had an unofficial visit to Duke a couple of weeks ago. I'm going to UAB next week to see them play East Carolina. I really haven't thought about any other schools right now. I'll just take it as it comes."
In addition to his duties on the football field, Pope is also a standout on the basketball team at Sylacauga. A point guard, Pope averaged 11.5 points and nearly three assists a game as a sophomore for the Aggies.