"I've been working out real hard this summer," Sharpe told me. "I've been running and lifting pretty much every day. Two days a week, we do 7-on-7's and also on Saturdays. Those are helping us freshmen learn a lot."
The talented defensive back offered some insights with some other players.
"I'm playing cornerback along with [Travarous] Bain, Greg Threat, and Terrell [Walden]," he said. "We're all learning a lot. The upperclassmen they have are real good."
When asked which wide receiver has impressed him the most, the talented corner quickly responded.
"I think it's Senorice [Moss]," he said. "He's catching everything. He runs good routes, he has good hands, and he's real fast. He's been doing real good. He really wants to impress the coaches and you can tell all of his hard work is paying off. Ryan Moore looks pretty good too. He's pretty big and he's got some speed too."
At 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds, Sharpe said he couldn't wait for the start of two-a-day practices next month.
"Everyone is real competitive now," he said. "But we all know that when the pads go on, it's a different story. That's when the real fun starts. I'm trying to prepare myself to get ready for that. They only have two or three guys out there [playing corner] so one or two of us freshmen will have to play this year and I want to be one of those guys. Right now, I'm trying to earn the trust of the players and when practices start, I'm going to try to earn the trust of the coaches. I want to prove to them that I need to be on the field making plays. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win. We have a championship to defend and everyone realizes how hard it's going to be to repeat and I think that's why everyone is working so hard right now."
Sharpe's roommate will be Moss.