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July 25, 2013

30 in 30: Pope gets his shot

For the second consecutive year, AggieYell.com is marking the progress towards the start of fall camp with its 30 players in 30 days feature on the most important players to Texas A&M's success in 2013. The list continues with number 22, Edward Pope.

Position: Outside receiver
Classification: Redshirt freshman
Height/Weight: 6'4", 180 lbs.
2012 Statistics: Redshirted

Why he's on the list: When Texas A&M snagged Pope from TCU late in the 2012 recruiting process, they snagged a Rivals 250 prospect and a 4-star athlete. They also picked up someone who runs a 40-yard dash in the neighborhood of 4.48 seconds, which made him highly attractive to Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury, who saw him as a wide receiver in their offense.

Pope redshirted in 2012 as he tried to gain a little bit of weight, and impressed the coaching staff with his performance on the scout team. Pope gained 10 pounds from last year and also grew an inch, so he's still pretty thin. He's also the same guy who ran a 4.48 40 and the Aggies are looking for impact players on the outside across from Mike Evans.

Pope had an up and down spring, showing some explosiveness while other times having trouble getting open. When he did get open, however, he showed exactly what A&M was hoping for: the ability to stretch the field.

Derel Walker goes into fall camp as the starter ahead of Pope, but the race is very close. If he shows more consistency, he'll not only win the job but become a key target in the 2013 offense. The tools are there; all that's lacking is experience.


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