Time For Sharpton to Shine

Linebacker Darryl Sharpton finally has an opportunity to show what he can do.

Redshirt freshman MLB Darryl Sharpton was expected to make an impact this season. Primarily on special teams, he now has an opportunity to make an impact.

Sharpton's first defensive play of the game was the play junior WLB Jon Beason hurt his knee.

"It felt good as it was my first time seeing real action," Sharpton said. "I guess I was a deer in headlights thinking, 'Wow, I'm here.' At first I froze up a little bit, but after the first play I got into a groove and got comfortable.

"It felt like high school again."

With Beason out, Glenn Cook slides over to weakside from the middle and Sharpton could start although coach Larry Coker would not say who was starting.

However, look for Sharpton to make his first career start on Saturday.

Sharpton made some solid hits in the FIU game, which is something he's known for. He was just glad to be playing.

"It felt good to finally play at home in the Orange Bowl in front of my family," Sharpton said. "It just felt good making a contribution to the team in a crucial situation.

After redshirting last season with a knee injury, Sharpton has had to wait for his opportunity, which is not easy for anyone.

When asked if it's been tough not playing up until this point, he said: "A little bit. Everyone wants to play a lot. I definitely think I can contribute. But I'm not depressed or anything like that.

"I still stay optimistic and when it is time for me to shine, I'll shine."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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