Top MAC Football Players of 2014: #45 Tajae Sharpe, UMass WR

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Tajae Sharpe was a man. I mean, he was a dragon man. Or maybe he was just a dragon. But he was still TAJAEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Tajae Sharpe is an American Hero. There is no other way to put it. It's a travesty that this player profile is not posting on the 4th of July, because when you look at Tajae Sharpe, you know there is no harder working receiver in the Mid-American Conference.

Now some might scoff at his low yardage totals, but those stats hide the facts that matter. Tajae Sharpe was responsible for 53 percent of the Massachusetts Minuteman's receptions. No other player in the MAC had more than 50 percent of their team's receptions. Sharpe also accounted for 55 percent of receiving yards on the Minutemen, the highest concentration of receiving yards of any player in the MAC. If Umass' offense is moving through the air, it's thanks to Sharpe.

The amazing thing is: he managed to do all of this with A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn under center. These two quarterbacks are among the worst rated quarterbacks in the MAC, and even they recognized that Tajae was their reliable safety blanket. The guy they looked to when they knew they needed a catch. A shining beacon of light in a world of football darkness. Tajae is just now entering his junior season, and has two new quarterbacks, Todd Stafford and Blake Frohnapfel, ready to take the helm (hopefully) and make him breakout in a way that everyone, not just the Minutemen faithful, will notice.

Tajae Sharpe: American Hero.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Join Hustle Belt

You must be a member of Hustle Belt to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hustle Belt. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker