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Dudley-Giles, Sharpe Earn Preseason All-MAC Honors By Athlon Sports

Tajae Sharpe will be UMass' leading receiver entering the 2014 campaign.


Tajae Sharpe will be UMass' leading receiver entering the 2014 campaign.

June 19, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. - Trey Dudley-Giles and Tajae Sharpe were each named to the preseason All Mid-American Conference squad by Athlon Sports on Thursday. One of the highest rated magazines covering sports, Athlon Sports named Dudley-Giles as the MAC's second team punt returner and kick returner, while Sharpe was named to the third-team offense.

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    Dudley-Giles was recognized earlier this summer by Phil Steele who selected the Florida native as his first-team punt returner and third-team kick returner. Sharpe was also named by Steele to the third-team MAC offense at wide receiver.

    A junior cornerback from Dade City, Fla., Dudley-Giles was one of the top specialists in the Mid-American Conference last season averaging 12.2 yards per punt return and 22.3 yards per kick return. Additionally, he started nine of 11 games played with 42 tackles, three pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries.

    Sharpe is the top returning wide receiver for UMass after leading the team last year with 61 catches for 680 yards and four touchdowns. The junior from Piscataway, N.J., ranked eighth in the MAC among wide receivers in 2013 and figures to once again be one of the league's top targets. The two-year starter enters the 2014 campaign with 81 career receptions for 886 yards.

    The 2014 UMass football season kicks off on August 30 as the Minutemen host Boston College at Gillette Stadium. Season ticket plans are currently on sale with packages for the entire six-game home schedule. Fans can purchase a six-game package which includes the three games at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and Gillette Stadium or three-game packages for each of the two home fields. Group tickets for 15-or-more fans can also be purchased at this time for either venue.

     

     

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