#8 Evan Sharpley
CAREER: Veteran quarterback who has been part of Charlie Weis[apos] offensive system since the 2005 season and returns for a fifth year… appeared in 19 games during his career but did not play his first meaningful minutes until `07 … saw action in just three games a year ago after starting two of the eight contests he appeared in as a junior ([apos]07) … completed 78 of 142 career passes (.549) for 743 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in [apos]07 … owns a career passing efficiency rating of 105.7 and has rushed 44 times for -94 yards … studied behind Brady Quinn for his first two years in the program … also a member of the Irish baseball team where he earned two monograms … missed all of spring drills while playing for Irish baseball team … drafted in the 50th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft … spent the summer of [apos]09 with the Mariners[apos] rookie ball team in Arizona … through 21 games, batted .299, was tops on the team in home runs (six), ranked second in RBI (19), doubles (6), triples (1), total bases (46) and slugging (.597) … led the Irish baseball team in `08 with 13 home runs and .691 slugging percentage and recorded a .326 batting average while driving in 40 runs.
2008 (SENIOR): Saw action in just three games serving as Jimmy Clausen[apos]s backup … completed 3 of 5 passes for 18 yards … played in victories over Washington, Navy and Hawai[apos]i.
2007 (JUNIOR): Received his first meaningful snaps while appearing in eight contests and starting the first two games of his career … entered as a backup quarterback in each of the first five games and also played vs. Boston College, USC and Navy … started vs. the Trojans and Midshipmen … connected on 77 of 140 pass attempts (.550) for 736 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions … posted an efficiency rating of 106.7 for the season … entered vs. Georgia Tech with 2:44 remaining in the first half and guided the Irish through the next four possessions … completed 10 of 13 passes for 92 yards including a long completion of 20 yards to George West … did not see action as quarterback in the second game of the season vs. Penn State … did enter the game as a holder vs. the Nittany Lions … completed two of five passes for 11 yards after entering the game in the fourth quarter vs. Michigan … after entering the game in the fourth quarter, completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 33 yards vs. Michigan State … came in during the second half for the Irish, connecting on 16 of 26 passes vs. Purdue … recorded a career high 208 yards passing and two touchdown passes vs. Boilers … connected with Golden Tate for a game long 43-yard pass … provided a spark for the Irish upon entering the game in the third quarter vs. Boston College … led the Irish on a 79-yard scoring drive in which he went four for seven for 64 yards and a TD vs. the Eagles … made first career start with the Irish vs. USC … was 17 of 33 for 117 yards and a long pass of 22 yards vs. the Trojans … was 17 for 27 in second career start vs. Navy (11/3) … threw for 140 yards and two TD[apos]s against the Midshipmen … logged 107:52 of playing time.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Saw very limited action as the backup for senior All-American Brady Quinn … attempted just two passes all season, completing one for seven yards … saw action vs. Penn State, Michigan, Stanford, Navy, North Carolina, Air Force, Army and LSU … logged 20:44 of playing time … played in 14 games for the Notre Dame baseball team, starting six contests … played first base and designated hitter … recorded 2007 game-winning double against Webber International.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action as a rookie quarterback in 2005.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Marshall (Mich.) High School … as a senior in 2004, he completed 91 of 188 passes for 1,389 yards and 16 TDs, rushed for 323 yards and five TDs and made four interceptions at free safety … Michigan Division 4 first-team all-state quarterback by Detroit Free-Press … helped lead Marshall to the state playoffs in 2004 before falling in the Region 3, District 1 semifinal … top performances in 2004 included a 15-for-26 passing outing for 252 yards and four TDs versus Stevensville-Lakeshore and a 22-for-37 passing day for 301 yards and four TDs … as a junior in 2003, he connected on 145 of 285 passes for 1,942 yards and 19 TDs … as a sophomore in 2002, he was 126 of 280 passing for 1,840 yards and 26 TDs … twice named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association ‘Dream Team’ … attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 … rated the nation[apos]s number-17 quarterback by Tom Lemming[apos]s Prep Football Report … earned 11 varsity letters at Marshall (four in football, four in baseball and three in basketball) … was a shooting guard in basketball and a shortstop/pitcher in baseball … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (did not participate due to Michigan high school rules) … ranks among all-time Michigan prep career passing leaders for pass completions (11th – 372), pass attempts (sixth – 753), passing yards (11th – 5,216) and TD passes (fifth – 61) … only the 10th Michigan high school quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in a career … coached in football by Rich Hulkow … full name is Evan Thomas Sharpley … one of three children … born Nov. 4, 1986, in Pontiac, Mich. … son of Thomas and Nancy Sharpley … brother Bryan currently plays baseball for Notre Dame … father Tom played baseball at Spring Arbor University … great uncle Jim Ninowski, was a quarterback at Michigan State who eventually played in the NFL for Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington … graduated in May [apos]09 from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history … earned 3.533 grade-point average in `06 spring semester and a 3.556 in `07 fall semester … finished undergraduate work with a 3.184 cumulative average.
Sharpley[apos]s Career Statistics
|2005||Did Not Play|