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9   Kendyll Pope
Kendyll Pope

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ft. White, FL

High School:
Columbia

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
05/09/1981


At Florida State: Returns to his starting position at weakside linebacker where he was voted second team All-ACC as a junior last season...expected to be an All-America candidate as a senior...started every regular season game for the Seminoles the past two years and has appeared in every game over the last three seasons.

Junior Year (2002): Earned a spot on the All-ACC second team after being named as an honorable mention following his sophomore season...voted No. 2 on Kirk Herbstreit's Best of the Best Outside Linebacker along with teammate Michael Boulware ...led the team with 131 total tackles...in the top 10 among ACC tacklers...atop the Seminole leader board with 68 solo and 63 assisted tackles on the year...had a career-high 15 tackles against NC State...recorded eight games with double-digit tackles...fourth on the team with 12 tackles for loss totaling 30 yards...had five pass break-ups and five quarterback hurries...equaled his career-high of two interceptions on the season...had a dramatic interception return for a touchdown in the win over Florida...recorded 10 or more tackles in eight of the Seminoles' 14 games, including five of the last six games of the season.

Sophomore Year (2001): Started every regular season game for the Seminoles...second on the team in total tackles with 113 (52 unassisted and 61 assisted tackles)...trailed only senior Bradley Jennings who had 121...had a team leading 61 assisted tackles... fourth on the team with seven tackles for loss (-28 yards)...had a team and career-high two interceptions against Wake Forest... recorded two sacks for a loss of 10 yards and was credited with five pass break-ups on the season...had a season-high 14 tackles against Wake Forest and Clemson...recorded 10 or more tackles in eight of 11 games...finished the regular season second among FSU's all-time top sophomore linebackers in tackles, behind Marvin Jones who had 125 tackles in 1991...missed the Seminole's victory over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl with a shoulder injury.

Freshman Year (2000): Spent his true freshman season backing up Tommy Polley at weakside linebacker...proved a quick study as he picked up the FSU system and played a great deal in the regular rotation...also a standout on special teams...the top non-starter in tackles with 52 on the season...had 20 unassisted and 32 assists on the year...had two tackles for loss and two passes broken up...also had an interception on the season...had eight tackles (four solo, four assists) against Virginia and four solo tackles and three assists against Clemson.

High School: Regarded by many as the best defensive player in the state of Florida and one of the top linebackers in the nation...a first-team USA Today All-American and Parade All-American... earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors... recognized as one of the top five players in Florida by Bill Buchalter...listed as the No. 14 prospect in Florida and No. 63 nationally by the Tampa Tribune...No. 32 prospect in the nation according to The Sporting News...the No. 5 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep...named to the Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel ...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state by the Gainesville Sun...rated as one of the Super 75 prospects in Florida by the Florida Times-Union...named to PrepStar's Dream Team and rated the No. 3 linebacker in the country...recorded 175 tackles, seven sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior...hails from the same high school as former Seminoles Brian Allen and All-American Reinard Wilson...selected FSU over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.

Personal: Majoring in political science...born May 9, 1981.

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