JSU vs Sam Houston

Jacksonville State running back Troymaine Pope hits a huge hole during the JSU NCAA semi-final FCS win over Sam Houston State 62-10.

Former Anniston High and Jacksonville State University running back Troymaine Pope has his foot in the door with an NFL team.

The Seattle Seahawks announced a 5-for-5 roster move Saturday that includes signing Pope as a rookie free agent.

The move was part of the Seahawks’ five-in, five-out transaction, waiving injured fullback Brandon Cottom, tight ends Cooper Helfet and Ronnie Shields, running back Tre Madden and defensive end David Perkins.

If the five players clear waivers, they’d revert to injured reserve.

To replace them on the roster, they signed Pope and Jonathan Amosa, both running backs. The Seahawks also signed linebacker Kache Palacio, wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu and tight end Joe Sommers.

Pope rushed for an Ohio Valley Conference single-season record 1,788 yards last season, helping JSU reach the FCS title game. He finished his college career with 3,376 yards, good enough for third on the JSU’s career list.

Only Boyce Callahan (4,237) and DaMarcus James (3,554) had more.

Pope participated in a rookie minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs after the April draft.

Sports Columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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