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#26 Akil Sharp
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School: Sierra Vista

At Princeton - 2011: finished the season second on the team with 244 yards rushing on 47 carries … rushed for season-best 60 yards in season finale at Dartmouth … had 138 all-purpose yards in season opener against Lehigh; rushed 12 times for 53 yards, caught four passes for 60 yards and returned two kickoffs for 25 yards … had season-long run of 15 yards against Bucknell. 2010: finished fourth on the team and second among non-seniors with 124 yards rushing … only Princeton player with at least 50 yards rushing to not get tackled for loss once during the season … averaged 4.4 yards per carry and 17.7 yards per game … caught two passes on the season … matched his career high with 58 rushing yards in season finale against Dartmouth … rushed for 11 yards in first seven games of the season and 113 in final three … averaged at least 5 yards per carry in each of final three games. 2009: led all Princeton freshmen with 142 rushing yards on 45 carries ... caught four passes for 29 yards ... had season-long run of 26 yards against No. 23 Colgate ... averaged 18.4 yards per kickoff return ... led Princeton with 17 rushes against No. 23 Colgate and rushed for 58 yards ... recorded first career rushes in Ivy League opener against Columbia; rushed 12 times for 40 yards.

At Sierra Vista - earned all-state honors as a senior and all-conference honors in his final two seasons as a running back ... named Southwest Conference player of the year as a senior and earned all-conference honors as a safety that season ... set school records in total rushing yards (3222), career yards per rush (6.1, minimum 100 attempts) and single-season yards (1631, senior year) ... scored 21 touchdowns and recorded 498 kickoff return yards and 103 receiving yards in final season; also recorded 70 tackles ... ended career with 34 touchdowns ... named team captain twice ... set school record in track with a time of 10.6 in the 100 ... qualified for regional finals in all four years ... served as captain of track team and earned Most Valuable Sprinter, Coach's Award and Most Improved Player honor ... seven-time scholar-athlete ... vice-president of the National Honor Society ... recorded more than 100 hours of community service ... two-time academic award honoree and Student of the Month recipient.

Personal - born Jan. 31, 1991 ... son of Carter Sharp and Carolyn Matzinger ... father specializes in marketing, building and constructs websites for various companies; mother is a physician ... has a brother Harley ... enjoys movies and working out. 

Year Rushes Yards Avg. TD Long Avg/Gm
2009 45 142 3.2 0 26 20.3
2010 28 124 4.4 0 14 17.7
2011 47 244 5.2 0 15 30.5
 Totals 120 510 4.3 0 26 22.2





Personal Bests    
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60 7.00
Princeton Relays (2009-10)


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