After going both ways for the latter portion of the 2013 season, Kevin Pope will get the opportunity for a repeat in 2014.
SMU announced in a press release that the running back/linebacker “has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the American Athletic Conference and will return to the field in 2014.” Pope played in just one game in 2010 before an injury that originated in high school not only sidelined him for the remainder of that season but for all of 2011 as well.
That one game Pope played in 2010 came as a running back. He was shifted to linebacker and played in 24 games at the position the past two seasons, including 11 starts in 2013. The final two games of last season, however, Pope saw action as both a linebacker and running back, carrying the ball 11 times for 89 yards. He also caught five passes for 61 yards out of the backfield.
Exiting spring practice this year, Pope was listed as the Mustangs’ No. 1 running back.