SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – July 31, 2007 – Senior quarterback Chris Sharpe of Springfield College has been named 2007 Preseason First Team All-American by D3football.com.
A Derry, New Hampshire native and Pinkerton Academy graduate, Sharpe put up some highly impressive numbers during the 2006 season as quarterback and captain of the Pride, which finished 10-2, won the Empire 8 Conference co-championship, and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
As a team, Springfield has been ranked 9th in the 2007 D3football.com preseason poll. The Pride finished 10th in D3football.com’s final poll in 2006.
Sharpe led the nation (Division III) in 2006 in average yards rushing per game (161.8), average points per game (17.7), and touchdowns (35).
Sharpe led the Pride in all major offensive categories, breaking six NCAA Division III records and 12 Springfield College records in the process. The 5-9, 204-pounder completed the season with a school-record 1,941 total rushing yards and an NCAA Division III record 35 touchdowns for a quarterback. Sharpe’s other post-season accolades included: AP Little All-America (Second Team), D3football.com All-American (honorable mention), Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-American (honorable mention), Don Hansen’s Football Gazette East Region Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-East Region, ECAC Division III Northwest Offensive Co-Player of the Year, New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award for the Season (New England Div. II/III Player of the Year), the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Joseph P. Zabilski Award (New England Div. II/III Player of the Year), First Team All-New England, Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year, as well as Empire 8 Offensive First Team. He was also named to the D3football.com All-East Region Offensive First Team as selected in balloting by Eastern regional sports information directors and D3football.com staff.
Springfield will open the 2007 football campaign at Union on Sept. 8 at 7 pm.