Tyler Sharp fulfilling his dream

Sophomore fullback Tyler Sharp had opportunities to play elsewhere, but the product of Louisville Butler chose to chase his dream of playing for the Cardinals. Now the walk-on finds himself atop the depth chart heading into fall camp.

When the University of Louisville football program released the first depth chart of the season it read as most expected, but the name that topped the fullback position surprised most.

Walk-on redshirt sophomore Tyler Sharp, a product of Louisville Butler High School, was posted as the lead fullback.

"I actually just saw it on Sunday," Sharp told Cardinal Authority. "My mom called me and showed me on the Internet. I'm excited about it."

At 5-foot-10, 228-pounds, Sharp is a bruising back that grabbed the attention of the Cardinals coaching staff during spring, earning more time with the first team during spring ball.

"I got in there and started knocking a few heads, doing what a fullback does," he explained. "I started getting a few more reps and I guess I did a good job."

"I felt like I had a pretty good spring camp, so I'm excited about it," he said. "Now I just need to stay healthy, but seeing my name first really blew me away."

While Louisville utilized the fullback position more as the 2013 season progressed, in both the running and passing game, Sharp's strength is running defenders over to open holes for the feature back.

"It has to be running over people," he explained. "I'm short and stocky, so all I do is hit. I'd love to catch a touchdown pass, but I'm a contact guy."

Following his playing days at Butler, Sharp had the opportunity to play at a few smaller programs, but chose to chase his dream and become a Cardinal.

"It feels amazing and it has always been a dream of mine to play for Louisville," he said. "I could have gone to a couple smaller schools, but I wanted to play for Louisville. Now that I have a chance to start, I'm pretty excited about it."

With the start of the 2013 season just over a month away, Sharp is gearing up for fall camp.

"I'm excited and ready to get rolling," he said.

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