CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Sophomore wide receiver Mark Pope is on track to return to action this week as the Hurricanes host Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Pope sustained a lower leg injury during the Bethune-Cookman game.
He was held out of action against Central Michigan and last Wednesday Pope was not a full participant at practice.
According to coach Manny Diaz, the injury issues are behind Pope.
“Mark practiced yesterday,” Diaz said. “He caught a deep post, which I think was great for his confidence.”
Pope flashed the talent that had him ranked as a highly touted recruit in the 2018 recruiting class against Bethune-Cookman.
In that game, Pope caught three passes for 92 yards—including a 54 yard reception on a deep post. Pope also had one rush for 21 yards in that game.
On the season, Pope has caught five passes for 104 yards. He has rushed the ball twice for 21 yards.
The addition of Pope back into the lineup will give the Hurricanes another explosive option in the passing game after UM struggled to put points on the board with a 17-12 win over Central Michigan two weeks ago.
The Hurricanes will also get defensive tackle Nesta Silvera back this week after he sustained an injury during the first week of fall camp that required surgery.
The Virginia Tech game will be Silvera’s first game of the 2019 season.
“Right now we are probably as healthy as we have been,” Diaz said.
Pope and Silvera were both Top 100 recruits in the country for the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Silvera ranked as the No. 54 overall player in the country and the second best defensive tackle in the nation.
Pope ranked as the No. 67 overall player in the country.
This week’s game against Virginia Tech will be played at Hard Rock Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.