NICK SHARGA | TEMPLE | FB | 6012 | 240 | 4.88E | 2018
Sharga is a throwback player with the physical brand of ball he plays. He is extremely effective in short yardage as a ball carrier and is efficient as a pile mover but his ability as a lead blocker is what will earn him money as a professional. He is capable of blowing people up in the running game because of how well he transitions his weight, uncoiling like a snake and striking would be tacklers. He does a great job of finishing blocks and will aggressively drive his opponent into the ground if given the chance. Nick Sharga has all the intangibles that will entice a coaching staff; A former walkon from West Virginia Wesleyan and scout team defensive end, he earned his scholarship and his spot on the roster as well as his single digit number, which is awarded to only the toughest men on the team as voted by coaches and players. Sharga is a force and has the ability to cut defenders in two with his violent blocks. He would be an ideal fit for the Ravens or Patriots offenses with his tone setting play in the run game.
Honors: 2017 – President’s Honor Roll … 2016 – CoSIDA All-Academic District Team … Philly-SIDA Academic All-Area … Offensive Effort Player of the Week (SMU, USF) … Special Teams Effort Player of the Week (Tulane) … Member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2015 – Academic All-Area by Philadelphia Inquirer … President’s Honor Roll … Member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2014 – American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team … President’s Honor Roll.
2016 (Redshirt Junior): Started at fullback in season opener vs. Army and had first two career carries – each converted short yardage situations for first downs … converted 14 of his 17 carries into first downs … had 17 yard-carry in win vs. Stony Brook … recorded first career reception at Penn State … was lauded as Player of the Game vs. USF by the ESPN crew after leading the way for 319 rushing yards and a pair of TDs by Jahad Thomas and Ryquell Armstead … added three carries of his own, converting each for short-yardage third down conversions … made two solo tackles on special teams in the AAC Championship victory against #19 Navy.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Voted by teammates to wear a single-digit jersey, awarded to the toughest players … only two-way player, seeing time at fullback and linebacker … played all 14 games with five starts (four at FB, one at MLB) … made debut for Owls against Penn State, recording four tackles (one solo) … collected one tackle (solo) at Cincinnati … returned a squib kick for four yards at UMass … first start at MLB against #21 Memphis.
2014 (Sophomore): Redshirted.
College: Spent the 2013 season at West Virginia Wesleyan.
High School: Two-year letterwinner at linebacker and tight end at Northampton HS under coach Robert Steckel … was named to the Hot 100 Players list for 2010-2011 season … wrestled for three years and was a District XI champion.
Personal: Born Nicholas John Sharga in Northampton, Pa. … parents are Marie and Paul Sharga … is one of 11 children – has brothers Jude (25) and Andrew (13), and sisters Katherine (28), Ann Marie (27), Nicole (24), Christine (20), Claire (18), Ruth (17), Andrea (15), and Rose (14) … wants to become a physical therapist … kinesiology major.