1   Tajae Sharpe
Tajae  Sharpe


Piscataway, N.J.

High School:
Piscataway Township HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 188



Football Victorious in Season Finale at Buffalo, 31-26

Freshman Marquis Young paced the Minutemen with 240 yards on 35 carries for three touchdowns.


Football Finishes Out 2015 Season With Buffalo Road Trip

Minutemen face the Bulls at UB Stadium on Fri., Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m.


Offense Stalled in 20-13 loss to Miami (Ohio)

The Minutemen will close out the 2015 season at Buffalo on Fri., Nov. 27.


UMass Closes Home Slate Against Miami (Ohio) Saturday

Minutemen host the RedHawks at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21 at McGuirk Stadium


Minutemen Run Past EMU, 28-17

Freshman Marquis Young led all rushers with 168 yards on 32 carries, career efforts in both categories.



FB VS. BUFFALO Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB VS. BALL STATE Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. BOWLING GREEN Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FB vs. COLORADO Photos by Thom Kendall '93

As A Senior In 2015: Game-By-Game Statistics
Biletnikoff Award Watch List ... Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC First Team Wide Receiver ... AthlonSports Preseason All-MAC First Team Wide Receiver

As A Junior In 2014: Game-By-Game Statistics
All-MAC First Team Wide Receiver ... Biletnikoff Award Watch List midseason addition (10/7) ... Phil Steele First Team All-MAC Wide Receiver ... ECAC All-Star Wide Receiver ... Phil Steele Midseason Second Team All-MAC Wide Receiver ... MAC East Offensive Player of the Week (11/17) ... Athlon Sports Preseason All-MAC Third Team Wide Receiver ... Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC Third Team Wide Receiver ... Started all 12 games at wide receiver ... Led all Minutemen with 1,281 yards receiving, 85 catches, seven touchdown receptions and 106.8 yards receiving per game ... Continued a string of having at least one reception in each game during every game played as a Minuteman ... Ranked ninth nationally among NCAA Division I FBS competitors in receiving yards per game (106.8) 10th for total receiving yards (1,281) and 11th in receptions per game (7.1) ... Finished first in the Mid-American Conference in receptions per game and second for receiving yards and receiving yards per game ... Enters his senior year first all-time in the UMass record book in career receptions per game (4.74), third for receptions (166), fourth with 2,167 career receiving yards and 11th in touchdown receptions (11) ... Pulled in two receptions totaling 90 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown scamper, against Boston College (8/30) ... Produced five catches for 83 yards and two rushing attempts for 17 yards against Colorado (9/6) to earn his first collegiate game with 100 or more all-purpose yards ... Added a 73-yard, eight reception game at Vanderbilt (9/13) ... Tallied 99 yards on four catches at Penn State (9/20), including a 77-yard touchdown reception ... Tied the school record for receptions in a game (13) and earned a single-game personal-best of 179 yards and two touchdowns against Bowling Green (9/27) ... Followed up his performance against BGSU with a game-high 154 receiving yards over nine receptions at Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 4 ... Eclipsed his previous single-game best with 193 receiving yards against Eastern Michigan (10/18) while he tied the program record with 13 receptions for the second time this season ... Added seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown at Toledo (10/25) ... Set a personal best with 239 receiving yards and tied the single game program record for the third time with 13 receptions during the win over Ball State (11/12) ... The 239 receiving yards he put up against Ball State were the most by a MAC player this season and third-highest total in NCAA Division I ... Led UMass in receptions at Akron (11/18) with five covering 41 yards ... Added a pair of touchdowns during a four-reception, 36-yard evening against Buffalo (11/30).

As A Sophomore In 2013: Game-By-Game Statistics
Started 11 of 12 games at wide receiver ... Led the team in receptions (61), receiving yards (680) and touchdowns (4) ... Averaged 11.1 yards per catch ... Second-best on team with 680 all-purpose yards ... Finished ninth in the MAC and 64th nationally with his 5.1 receptions per game ... Hauled in a 13-yard reception at No. 23 Wisconsin (8/31) ... Had a single-game career high in grabs (11) and a then-personal record 85 receiving yards against Maine on Sept. 7, while he pulled in his first touchdown pass as a Minuteman ... Led both sides with a single-game personal-best 98 receiving yards on nine catches at Kansas State (9/14) ... Added his second career touchdown grab against Vanderbilt (9/21) with seven receptions totaling 45 yards on the day ... Secured his third TD in a four-game span as part of a three-catch, 38-yard performance at Bowling Green (10/5), with his score coming on a 24-yard pass ... Earned 52 yards on four receptions against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 12 ... Recorded 94 receiving yards through seven receptions at Buffalo (10/19), with five resulting in first downs and two going for 20 or more yards ... Notched 49 yards on four receptions against Western Michigan (10/26) ... Pulled in five grabs totaling 65 yards against No. 17/21 Northern Illinois (11/2) ... Earned 52 yards over five receptions, including a career-long 37-yard grab, against Akron (11/16).

As A Freshman In 2012: Game-By-Game Statistics
Played in 11 games, starting eight at wide receiver ... Caught 20 passes for 206 yards ... Averaged 10.3 yards per reception ... Made four grabs for 20 or more yards during the season ... Had at least one catch in each contest ... Made his first collegiate reception at Connecticut (8/3) when he hauled in a 15-yard pass ... Pulled in three catches for 33 yards against Indiana (9/8) ... Secured a trio of grabs for 37 yards at Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 22 ... Made three receptions for 50 yards at Akron (11/10), including hauling in his longest grab of the year for 35 yards ... Finished the year with a 13-yard grab against Buffalo (11/17).

Before UMass: MSG Athlete of the Year at Piscataway Township High School ... Second team all-state selection ... Also named to the first team all-county and all-area teams ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Led Piscataway High School to a pair of state championship titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Also played safety for head coach Daniel Higgins.

Personal: Tajae Lamar Sharpe ... Born December 23, 1994 in Newark, N.J. ... Son of John Sharpe, Jr. and Tanya Sharpe ... Brother of Jasmine ... Majoring in communications.

Career Highs
Receptions: 13, 3x, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
Receiving Yards: 239, vs. Ball State (11/12/14) (13 receptions)
Touchdown Receptions: 2, twice, last vs. Buffalo (11/28/14)
Longest Reception: 77, twice, last at Penn State (9/20/14) (from QB Blake Frohnapfel)
Rushing Attempts: 2, vs. Colorado (9/6/14)
Rushing Yards: 17, vs. Colorado (9/6/14) (two carries)
Longest Rush: 12, vs. Colorado (9/6/14)

Miscellaneous Statistics
10+ Reception Games: 4, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
20+ Yard Receptions: 33, last vs. Buffalo (11/12/14)
30+ Yard Receptions: 15, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
50+ Yard Receptions: 3, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
75+ Yard Receptions: 2, last at Penn State (9/20/14)
Games With 100+ Receiving Yards: 4, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
Games With 100+ All-Purpose Yards: 5, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14)
Games With 2+ Touchdown Receptions: 2, last vs. Buffalo (11/28/14)

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