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Q&A With Sophomore Wide Receiver Tajae Sharpe

Tajae Sharpe sits down with UMassAthletics.com to talk about life on and off the field.

Tajae Sharpe sits down with UMassAthletics.com to talk about life on and off the field.

Sept. 18, 2013

UMassAthletics.com caught up with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to see what life is like on and off the field. Tajae is currently having a break out season for the Minutemen and in three games, the sophomore from New Jersey has already matched his season totals for receptions and yardage from last year.

Tajae was also a guest on the Sept. 16 UMass Football Coaches Show which you can listen to here:

Talk about your decision to come to UMass.
I took my time with the whole process and UMass ultimately was the best fit. I had a few schools looking at me, but I feel like the program was headed in the right direction going to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The type of big teams that we would be playing and playing at Gillette Stadium also had a big role in my decision.

Talk about the most important or impressive thing about your position coach (Allen Suber.
The main thing I like about Coach Suber is that he is very understanding about his players. He is a very good coach. He played in the NFL at the highest level, so he definitely has a lot of things to pass down.

How would you describe yourself as a person and as a player?
As a player I feel like I am a very giving person, I am a team player. I feel like I want to see my teammates succeed as much as I want to succeed. Off of the field I am a kind and generous person and a lot of fun to be around.

What is something that most people don't know about you? Do you have a special hidden talent or anything like that?
Most people know this, but I'm really a basketball player. I love to play basketball - my main dream growing up was to go to college and play basketball.

 

 

If you could be on any reality show or game show what would it be and why?
If I could be on a reality show, I would probably say Love and Hip Hop. It is a lot of fun on there and things get kind of crazy so I enjoy that kind of stuff.

How have you grown as a person since you have been here?
I feel like I am becoming more of a leader among the receivers and this whole team in general. I am really embracing that role.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given?
It's not what happens to you, it's how you respond to it.

Is that the same advice you would give to a young player coming up the ranks?
Definitely. My coach gave me that advice so I will definitely pass that along to other players.

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