Alabama’s spring game last week featured good hitting.
One of the best hits came from a redshirt freshman in the secondary.
Jake Pope, a native of Buford, Ga., made his presence felt inside Bryant-Denny Stadium for A-Day. The 6-foot-1, 192-pounder blasted wide receiver Jermaine Burton on a play along the sideline. Burton was trying to catch a pass, but the talented defensive back violently separated him from the football. The defensive coaching staff got excited after Pope made the hit.
Jake Pope brought the wood to Jermaine Burton 😬 pic.twitter.com/feWVXIDOLz
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) April 22, 2023
He finished with a game-high ten tackles — including a tackle for loss and a sack. Pope had six solo tackles and two pass breakups.
Malachi Moore, a senior defensive back, called Pope a ‘physical player.’
Alabama DB Malachi Moore really likes young Crimson Tide DB Jake Pope.
Moore called a Pope a “physical player” who will fly to the ball.
— Stephen M. Smith (@CoachingMSmith) April 23, 2023
“He is going to fly around and get to the ball,” Moore said about Pope. “He will clean up tackles and try to knock the ball off guys. He is going to be a great player.”
Pope is in the conversation to be in the safety rotation.
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