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UMass wide receiver Tajae Sharpe selected as second-team All-American

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Judith Gibson-Okunieff/Daily Collegian

Judith Gibson-Okunieff/Daily Collegian

In a season full of so many inconsistencies and agonizing defeats for the Massachusetts football team, it had one player that was a constant force on a week-to-week basis that always produced, regardless of the opponent or added attention he was given.

Thursday night, UMass receiver Tajae Sharpe was recognized for this season-long consistency as the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its first and second-team All-American teams with Sharpe being named to the second team.

Sharpe led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 111 receptions in addition to posting 1,319 receiving yards (eighth best in the country) and five touchdowns. He is the first UMass player to be selected to an All-American team in the program’s four-year history as part of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound Piscataway, New Jersey native was one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.

Baylor’s Corey Coleman and Texas Christian’s Josh Doctson were selected as the two first-team receivers while Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell joins Sharpe on the second-team.

Sharpe finished his collegiate career as the Minutemen’s all-time leader in receptions (277) and receiving yards (3,486) while his 16 touchdowns were tied for third amongst all-time UMass receivers. He broke Adrian Zullo’s (1998-2002) reception record in a 25-23 loss against Temple Sept. 19 and Zullo’s receiving yard record Oct. 17 in a 15-10 loss against Kent State.

Only Zullo (32) and Jason Peebler (27) had more touchdown receptions than Sharpe, with Rasheed Rancher and Jimmy Moore each finishing their respective careers with 16 touchdowns as well.

Sharpe was named as a first-team All Mid-American Conference receiver in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Sharpe plans on entering the 2016 NFL Draft where many scouts project him as a mid-round pick.

Andrew Cyr can be reached at [email protected], and followed on Twitter @Andrew_Cyr.

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