Utah State’s Hunter Sharp to play in 2016 East-West Shrine Game Saturday afternoon

Hunter Sharp catches a pass at practice for the East-West Shrine Game. The East-West Shrine Game will be played Saturday, January 23.

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Hunter Sharp will play in the 91st East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on the NFL Network (Comcast Ch. 270, Dish Network Ch. 154, DirecTV Ch. 212) and aired internationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.

Sharp, a 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver from Palmdale, Calif. (Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC), is the fourth Aggie in as many years and 31st Utah State player overall dating back to 1937 to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

As a senior, Sharp earned second-team all-Mountain West honors. He finished the season ranking first in the MW and 28th in the nation in receiving touchdowns with nine (0.8 pg), second in the MW and 19th in the nation in receptions with 71 (6.5 pg), third in the MW and 41st in the nation in receiving yards (76.3 ypg), eighth in the MW and 85th in the nation in all-purpose yards (106.5 pg), and 11th in the MW in scoring (5.5 ppg), while also tying for second in the MW and tying for 11th in the nation in kickoff return touchdowns with one (0.09 pg).

During the 2015 season, Sharp caught a team-leading 71 passes for a team-best 835 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns, to go along with two 100-yard receiving games as he had a career-high 193 yards against Air Force (11/14) and 100 yards against BYU (11/28). He also returned seven kickoffs for 248 yards (35.4 ypr) during the season and one touchdown on a 96-yard return against Nevada (11/21). Sharp also had 10 punt returns for 64 yards (6.4 ypr) on the year and carried the ball eight times for 20 yards (2.5 ypc).

Sharp, who concluded his senior season by setting a Utah State bowl record with his 11 receptions against Akron in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for 89 yards, had six career 100-yard receiving games and four career double-digit reception games, which included a career-high 13 catches against Air Force this past season.

Sharp concluded his two-year Utah State career ranking ninth all-time in school history with 137 receptions and 14th all-time with 1,770 receiving yards, as he is one of just 19 players in school history with 100 career receptions and one of 33 players with 1,000 career receiving yards. He also ranks ninth all-time in school history with 16 career touchdown receptions, while his nine touchdown catches during his senior season are tied for the ninth-most in school history. Furthermore, his 71 receptions during his senior season rank seventh all-time in school history, while his 66 receptions in 2014 rank tied for 10th all-time. In all, Sharp caught at least one pass in 23 straight games to conclude his career.

Since 1925 the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It’s been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.

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