Three former JSU stars will get an opportunity to continue his football careers. Running back Troymaine Pope, defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler and defensive end Chris Landrum have agreed to terms will NFL teams. Sigler will head to the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end Chris Landrum has agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers and Troymaine Pope received a minicamp invite with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both Landrum and Sigler were All-OVC performers for the Gamecocks in 2015 and were key members of a defensive unit that ranked among the best in the nation in leading the Gamecocks to a 13-2 record and to the Division I Football Championship Game in Frisco, Texas.
Anniston native Troymaine Pope shattered JSU and Ohio Valley Conference records for rushing yards in a season with 1,788. He led the nation in rushing yards per carry with 8.20 and was fifth in FCS with 19 rushing touchdowns.The OVC's First Team All-Conference running back, Pope also garnered All-America honors and was named the FCS Running Back of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.
Pope had eight games of at least 100 yards last season but turned his game up a notch in the playoffs. He ran for 234 yards and three scores in JSU's second round win over UTC and then racked up 250 yards and three more TDs the next week against Charleston Southern. In the semifinals, he ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns in a rout of Sam Houston State.
Landrum, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound native of Sweet Water, Ala., recorded 64 tackles, 19.0 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks to earn All-America honors last year. His 19.0 tackles for a loss tied teammate Darius Jackson for the most in a season in school history, and he wrapped up his JSU career as the school record holder with 39.5 tackles for a loss, 162 yards from tackles for a loss and 16.0 sacks.
Sigler, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound native of Mobile, Ala., was a second team All-OVC pick in his senior year despite missing much of the season with nagging injuries. An All-American and the OVC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior in 2014, Sigler played in 10 games in 2015. He recorded 32 tackles and two sacks, while breaking up four passes.
Courtesy: JSU Sports Information (www.jsugamecocksports.com)