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98 Monsanto Pope
Monsanto  Pope


Hopewell, Va.

High School:
Hopewell H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 282



PRONUNCIATION: Mon san (rhymes with pan) toe

WORTH NOTING: One of four returning starters from last year?s defensive line ? led UVa?s defensive tackles in 2000 with 33 stops ... played at full strength last fall after missing a large portion of the 1999 season due to a knee injury ? tremendous player when he?s healthy ? his 72 career tackles and 11 career tackles for loss are the second-most among UVa?s returning defensive linemen in 2001 ... versatile enough to play end or tackle ? began the 1999 season as a starter at defensive tackle, but suffered a knee injury early in the opening game and missed the next six games ? played defensive end the rest of that season upon his return ? moved back to defensive tackle in the spring of 2000 ... three-year letter winner ... had one tackle and broke up a pass in the 2001 spring game.

HONORS: 2000?Received the Colonel Frank C. McCue Award as UVa?s Outstanding Interior Lineman at the team?s annual awards banquet. 1998?ACC Rookie of the Week following UVa?s game against Duke (Sept. 26) ... co-recipient of the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia?s most outstanding first-year player.

AT VIRGINIA: 2000?Started all 11 games and in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl at defensive tackle ... led the team?s defensive tackles with 33 stops ? had a team-high 13 quarterback hurries ... was second on the team with six tackles for losses and tied for second with two sacks ? had his first sack in the win over Duke ? five tackles vs. Clemson and four against Maryland ? made two tackles vs. North Carolina and also blocked a field goal attempt ? played the best game of his career in a big win over N.C. State ? made six tackles, including two behind the line ? recorded his second sack of the year and also caused a fumble ? had three tackles and seven quarterback hurries in the loss at Georgia Tech ... made a season-high seven tackles in the last regular season game against Virginia Tech ... had one tackle and broke up a pass against Georgia in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... lettered for his third time. 1999?Had a very trying season ? was expected to be an impact player along the defensive line ? suffered a knee injury on the first drive of the season (six plays) against North Carolina in the first game and missed the next six games ? started at defensive tackle vs. the Tar Heels ? returned to action against Florida State, starting at defensive end ? remained in the starting lineup for the rest of the regular season, but the coaches had to be careful with him ? made 11 tackles during the season, all in the last three games ? had one tackle and a quarterback hurry against Georgia Tech ? three tackles in a win over Buffalo ? season-high seven tackles, including two for lost yardage, vs. Maryland ? played in a reserve role against Illinois in the Bowl and had one tackle ... earned his second letter. 1998?Pleasant surprise who turned in a fine season as a red-shirt freshman ? somewhat undersized for a defensive tackle, but managed to make plays nonetheless ? played in every regular season game at defensive tackle, starting five (Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech) ? good luck charm as Virginia won every regular season game he started ? also started against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... his 28 regular season tackles (10 solo, 18 assists) tied Maurice Anderson for second on the team among defensive tackles ... 12 quarterback hurries ranked second on the team ... his first collegiate tackle resulted in a six-yard loss on a running play in the opener against Auburn ... also recovered a Tiger fumble deep in Auburn territory, but UVa missed a field goal on the drive ... career-high eight tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, in a 24-0 win at Duke ... three tackles vs. N.C. State ? made four tackles and broke up a pass against Florida State ? three tackles against both North Carolina and Virginia Tech ? lettered. 1997?Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... was in uniform against Auburn and Wake Forest.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter in football at Hopewell High School for head coach Marshall Parker ... chosen first-team All-State Group AAA by The Associated Press and All-Region at defensive end as a senior ... also named the Central District?s Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Hopewell to the playoffs for the first time since 1988 ... made the All-District first team at defensive end, tight end and punter, as a senior ... team captain ... rated one of the top 25 football prospects in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... selected to Charlottesville Daily Progress/Lynchburg News & Advance ?Gold List? ... had 88 tackles, including six quarterback sacks in 1996 ... also intercepted a pass, blocked a kick and caused six fumbles ... caught 10 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown at tight end ... also handled kickoffs for Hopewell ... as a junior, recorded 67 tackles, including seven sacks, intercepted a pass and recovered four fumbles ... offensively, he had nine catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns ... second-team All-Region at defensive end in 1995 ... as a sophomore, had 42 tackles, three sacks and an interception ... All-District selection at defensive end in 1994 ... earned three letters in basketball ... helped lead Hopewell to Group AAA state finals as a junior ... first-team All-State Group AAA selection and the state?s leading scorer as a senior, averaging 28 points per game.

PERSONAL: Monsanto Pope ... born 1-27-78 in Norfolk, Va. ... lives with grandmother, Geraldine Pope ... has two brothers, Ronnie (25) and Maurice (21), and a sister, Christine (20) ... anthropology major.

Pope Defensively

Year GP Plys. S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int. BlK
1998 11 380 10 18 28 3/-9 0 1 0 2 0 0
1999 5 154 8 3 11 2/-4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 11 560 27 6 33 *6/-31 2/-23 0 1 2 0 1
Career 27 1094 45 27 72 *11/-44 2/-23 1 1 4 0 1
*includes sacks


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