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Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox joined head coach Mark Whipple on the September 4 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show, which featured highlights of the Boston College game and a preview of this Saturday's matchup against Pac-12 opponent Colorado. For a complete show schedule, visit our football radio information page.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican continues his countdown of the top 25 players to watch during the 2014 season with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe coming in at No. 2 on the list. Sharpe is the Minutemen's top returning wideout and considered one of the top players in the Mid-American Conference.
Jack McCluskey of ESPNBoston.com was on hand Wednesday morning as the UMass football team held a light practice at Gillette Stadium in preparation for the season-opener against Boston College next Saturday. Coach Mark Whipple said the trip was more about getting the players used to being in the environment again while giving the new players a chance to see the facility for the first time before game day.
Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican caught up with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and junior wide receiver Tajae Sharpe recently to discuss the potential for a successful downfield passing game in 2014, something Malone sees as an aspect of the game the offense missed in 2013. Malone believes a corp of speedy wide receivers, such as current Minutemen Marken Michel, Alex Kenney and Sharpe, could make the difference for UMass football in 2014.
Several local media outlets along with the UMass Sports Network covered Wednesday's MAC Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit. Here's a look at some of the story lines that came from interviews with Mark Whipple, Stanley Andre and Tajae Sharpe as they represented the Minutemen.
MAC Football Media Day 2014: UMass football picked seventh in MAC East preseason poll for third straight year | masslive.com
MAC Football Media Day 2014: UMass coach Mark Whipple makes his conference debut before new season | masslive.com
MAC Football Media Day 2014: Blake Frohnapfel, Drew Harris expected to be exciting pieces in new Minutemen offense | masslive.com
MAC Football Media Day 2014: Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher talks UMass' departure, says league 'would likely not pursue' future affiliate members | masslive.com
Saba Aziz has a feature on Mark Whipple's return to the sidelines of the UMass football program with quotes from Tajae Sharpe and Trey Dudley-Giles on their expectations for the 2014 season.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Trey Duley-Giles and Tajae Sharpe being named to the Athlon Sports All-MAC preseason teams last Thursday. Dudley-Giles was named the second-team punt and kick returner, while Sharpe was named to the third-team offense as a wide receiver.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football's selections to the Phil Steele preseason All-MAC squad with Trey Dudley-Giles, Randall Jette, Stanley Andre and Tajae Sharpe all receiving recognition.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican includes Tajae Sharpe in today's edition of "5 Questions With..." Sharpe is one of the top offensive skill position players returning in 2014 and is expected to be a big playmaker for the Minutemen in Mark Whipple's new pro-style offense.
Check out the highlights from UMass football's loss at Buffalo including Tajae Sharpe's amazing over-the-shoulder, one-handed catch along the sideline.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican hands out his weekly helmet stickers following UMass' loss at Buffalo. His top three players of the game were Tajae Shapre, Trey Dudley-Giles, and Blake Lucas.
Check out the Bud Light UMass Football Show from Monday night with Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer and head coach Charley Molnar. The player guests were Ed Saint-Vil and Tajae Sharpe - both of whom are off to terrific starts this season.
Dan Malone gives his analysis of which Minutemen performed best at Kansas State over the weekend. Joe Colton, Stacey Bedell and Tajae Sharpe each are singled out for their performances against the Wildcats.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes that the move to A.J. Doyle at quarterback gave the Minutemen some momentum for the Kansas State game. Although the offense was improved, Doyle and head coach Charley Molnar state that there are many things which need to improve during the next week of practice.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Tajae Sharpe and the extra attention the wide receiver will get from the Kansas State defense after his performance against Maine.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on sophomore wide receiver Tajae Sharpe who had a career-best 11 catches, 85 yards and a touchdown last weekend vs. Maine.
"I think (my role) has been a lot bigger," Sharpe said. "We've had a lot of key guys that either graduated or didn't come back for this upcoming season, so I think I had to jump into that leadership role where I just try to embrace each and every day for my receiving corps and my teammates in general."
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on Stacey Bedell's performance at Wisconsin and how his season-ending injury last year ended up being a valuable learning opportunity.
Bedell overcame the challenge of having to sit and watch his team play by turning the situation into a valuable learning tool. In that time, not only was he in the weight room physically preparing himself to play again, but he was also learning what it takes to be a college football player.
"When you make the transition from high school to college there's a lot of things. Really every aspect is different," UMass running backs coach Roderick Plummer said. "With him being someone that's really smart, he picks up on things quickly. But really there's steps to take every day at this level, especially when you're a freshman at this level for the first time."
Wide receivers coach Allen Suber mic'd up at University of Massachusetts football practice on Friday, August 16, 2013.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a look at the UMass offense and what can be done this year to generate more big plays to help sustain drives. Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe says a balanced run game will help the Minutemen set-up the pass better in 2013.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe has a preview of Saturday's game at Western Michigan along with some commentary on the transition to the FBS level.
Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican looks back at the individual highlights from the game against Indiana.
Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican takes a look at freshman wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and his quick acclimation to the UMass offense during training camp. Wide receivers coach Alan Suber credits Sharpe's performance to his 'FBI' or Football Intelligence.
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