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

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

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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.