Nick Sharga is Temple’s Unsung Hero


Nick Sharga has been the kickout block for Jahad Thomas all season.

Somewhere along the line on Saturday night, if head coach Matt Rhule keeps a promise, Nick Sharga will carry the football for Temple’s 25th-ranked football team and it will be an appropriate reward for the team’s most unsung hero.

Sharga, a 6-2, 235-pound redshirt sophomore, is just the kind of player teams need more of and just the kind of player Rhule has built a respected program upon. Three weeks ago, Rhule said the team is going to give him the ball at some point and, with one more regular-season game left, that time will probably be on Saturday night (7 p.m.) against visiting Connecticut.

Nick Sharga, Temple,

A handoff to the fullback would be a fitting reward for Sharga, who has led the way through the hole for tailback Jahad Thomas all season. The only thing that has stood in the way of Sharga being a two-way starter an All-American linebacker named Tyler Matakevich, but there can be no doubt that Sharga already has played a huge role in the team’s 9-2 record. When Matakevich takes his considerable talents to the NFL next year, Sharga will slide over into his “Mike” linebacker position and the Owls probably will not suffer a significant drop off.

While no one plays 60 minutes anymore, Sharga is a throwback in that he starts on offense at the fullback position and is a backup linebacker on defense.  In a 31-12 win over then No. 23 Memphis last week, Sharga played 20 plays on offense, 15 plays on defense and five on special teams and that’s just not done in big-time college football anymore.


I hope that damp means dew not rain.

Matakevich is one of the three finalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player. Bednarik, like Matakevich, played his home college football games in Philadelphia but, unlike Matakevich, was the last of the 60-minute men. Sharga  isn’t a 60-minute guy, but he’s getting there.

Sharga injured his ACL his senior year of high school, ended up at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, put some outstanding film together and decided to walk-on at Temple last year. In spring ball this season, he made plays all over the field and his teammates voted him a single-digit number (4) awarded to the nine toughest players on the Temple team.

If he gets the ball on Saturday and runs far with it, no one will be surprised because of how far he’s run to get to this point.


7 thoughts on “Nick Sharga is Temple’s Unsung Hero

  1. watching the Bears last night put a 300lb DT in as the lead blocker on goal line made me think about Freddie Booth, it is the Oklahoma drill, and Booth is bigger, stronger and more explosive off the ball than Sharga…, also, go back and watch Romond Deloatch’s block on the Hood TD run last week, RD should be in every Red Zone formation, he is just a beast inside the 20…., I would not want to be the team that plays USF in a bowl game, they are a very hot team playing at a very high level and I think they would beat Navy in a re-match if Temple stumbles against UCONN.., USF is also bringing in a top shelf recruiting class next year with speed and power…., the AAC has three hot teams which appear to be playing their best football at the end of the year in Navy, USF, and Uconn…, counting on Temple to replace Uconn in that conversation…, a big return on special teams would be nice tomorrow night.., Let’s GO TEMPLE

  2. Looks like the championship is going through Houston. Greg Ward scares the hell out of me. The Owls are especially vulnerable to a dual threat qb.

    • We need someone to step on his foot again.

      • hats off to Houston, they are showing Temple how it should be done.., city school, urban campus, playing in the shadows of other state college team favorites and a pro team.., they hired the best young coach in college football, built a new on campus stadium, filled it for the most important game of the season, won, and will host the first conference championship.., not to mention they have the best 2016 recruiting class coming in.., they will be the next G5 team to receive a P5 invite, Houston is a better blue print for Temple than Louisville

        don’t be surprised to see Houston vs Ohio St in NY6 if they win the AAC championship game..,

        Uconn now will be playing with supreme confidence, very loose, with everything to gain.., true challenge for Temple.., first things first, beat Uconn, but for us fans today was not a good day because the Military Bowl is off the table, and the Temple D struggles against fast carpet teams with great schemes…., we need to fill the stadium tomorrow and keep the High Hopes alive

    • Houston was quite impressive today. I am a bit worried. Nevertheless, looking at the season realistically, I am proud of the team for even being in contention for the championship. Let us pray for the best.

  3. Agree with all the respect Houston is getting. They were very good against Navy, one of the most well-coached teams in the country. But I won’t be thinking about UH until we take care of UConn, who will be motivated to get a signature win on their resume. I am glad to see Toledo lose and open the door for American champ to play in a NY6 bowl.

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