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 NFL 2011 Season

Eason and Sharpe play against Super Bowl champs

The last time Nick Eason faced the Green Bay Packers was on February 6 in Arlington, Texas when the Packers pulled out a 31-25 win over Nick's Pittsburgh Steelers. On Friday, at historic Lambeau Field, Eason and his fellow former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe both played against the defending Super Bowl champs in Arizona's second preseason game. Once again Green Bay won a close game 28-20. The Packers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 97-yard pass play and an 84-yard drive.

Neither Eason (defensive line) of Sharpe (outside linebacker) were credited with a tackle. However, Eason did consistently apply a lot of pressure on the Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn while working with the second unit. Nick was called out for a tackle on a running play by the Cardinals radio play-by-play announcer. Sharpe, who had a sack in the in the first preseason game and two total tackles, played in the second half at Lambeau.

Eason and Sharpe make Arizona debuts

Brandon Sharpe sacks a Raider QB  

Former Toombs County Bulldogs Nick Eason and Brandon Sharpe made their Arizona Cardinal debuts on Thursday night at Oakland. The Cardinals won the game 24-18 and both Toombs County players were credited with two tackles. Eason had two assists from the defensive line and Sharpe two solo tackles from his outside linebacker position including a fourth quarter sack for a loss of five-yards. The Cardinals only had two sacks all night. Listen to highlights Audio

Bulldogs become teammates 

Sharpe #48 pursues WR Andre Roberts a rookie from the Citadel 

Brandon (left) next to Ray Horton (Defensive Coordinator) 

What are the odds that two former Toombs County Bulldogs would be teammates in the National Football League? Nick Eason and Brandon Sharpe missed each other at TCHS by six years, but now for the first time they are teammates with the Arizona Cardinals. Nick signed a two-year contract when the lockout ended and Sharpe is a free agent.

Brandon has been in camp for one week and has been wearing number 48 and playing outside linebacker. Nick started practicing with the team on Thursday and he is wearing number 98 and playing defensive tackle. Nick might have an advantage over some of his Cardinal defense teammates in the knowledge department because Arizona's new defensive coordinator is Ray Horton, who spent the last seven seasons as a defensive coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Horton has been installing the defense and is using some of the principles that Nick encountered when he was a Steeler including the "Ghost Front" when the defensive lineman stand up instead of putting a hand on the ground.     

Arizona Cardinals give Sharpe a shot

Former Toombs County Bulldog has been signed by the Arizona Cardinals and as soon as the NFL lockout is over he will try to make the team as an outside linebacker. Y-101 Story

2010 Season

Brandon spends a week in Canada

In September of 2010 Brandon Sharpe was signed by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was on the practice roster for 10 days before being released.

Sharpe spends the preseason with the Cowboys

Brandon Sharpe picked off a pass and dove in to the endzone as he scored the first touchdown of the NFL's 2010 preseason. The Cowboys beat the Bengals 16-7 in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Video

Brandon Sharpe was signed by the Dallas Cowboys early in training camp and he was moved to inside linenacker. Sharpe (#54) hits WR Miles Austin, who is reported to be dating TV personality Kim Kardashian.

Sharpe is signed by the Super Bowl champs

Brandon Sharpe was signed as a free agent by the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and his first action as a Saint was participating in the teams rookie camp. Brandon wasn't selected in the NFL draft, so now he is having to prove he can play all over again. Of course Sharpe proved he could excell on the college level. He played at two junior colleges before signing with Texas Tech and in his senior season he was the most successful pass rushing defensive end in Division 1 with 15 sacks. Brandon was cut by the Saints after his third day in camp.

2009 Season

Sharpe talks about his senior season

Brandon Sharpe, who had a record setting senior season at Texas Tech, was featured in a two-part series on Y-101 Radio. Listen to both stories Audio   

Despite Leach controversy

Sharpe & Red Raiders win Alamo Bowl

Brandon Sharpe (#92) pressures Michigan State QB in Alamo Bowl 

Despite a week of controversy over the status of now former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe and the Red Raiders went out a winner by beating Michigan State 41-31 in an ESPN nationally televised Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Sharpe had four tackles in the game, one solo and three assists, and the Red Raiders' record holder for sacks in a season (15) also had four quarterback hurries that lead to two interceptions. Watch Brandon's Highlights Video  Y-101 Story

Sharpe breaks Tech sack record

Former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe is now Texas Tech's record holder for sacks in a season. Brandon dropped the quarterback twice in the Red Raiders' 20-13 win over Baylor before more than 71,000 at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. Brandon now has 15 sacks (one more than Adell Duckett- 2003 season) with a bowl game left in his college career. Sharpe also made a key play late in the game tackling the Baylor quarterback after a yard gain on third down and goal at the Red Raider six. On the next play the Bears threw an incomplete pass ending their threat and clinching Tech an 8-4 season. Y-101 Story

Sharpe closing in on school record

Brandon Sharpe is accumulating sacks at a record pace. The Texas Tech senior left defensive end had three in a 41-13 home win over Oklahoma. Sharpe now has 13 for the season and he is tied for second all-time at Texas Tech. Brandon needs one more to tie the record and two to set the new mark. Nationally, Sharpe is second in NCAA Division 1 just two behind Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller (15 sacks). Y-101 Story Watch Brandon against the Sooners in this Slide Show  Watch Highlights Video

Sharpe racks up three more sacks

Brandon Sharpe (#92) beats his man and sacks the Kansas QB 

When Brandon Sharpe was a Toombs County Bulldog his favorite thing to do, on the football field, was to sack the quarterback. In Texas Tech's 42-21 home win over Kansas, Brandon had five tackles and three sacks. ESPN color analyst Ed Cunningham was so impressed that he said that Sharpe was having a monster season. Brandon leads the Red Raiders with 11 sacks on the season. Y-101 Story Check out some of Brandon's highlights in this Slide Show 

Sharpe sacks Huskers' QB four times

Brandon Sharpe takes down QB Zac Lee 

In a regionally televised game on ABC-TV, former Toombs County Bulldog Brandon Sharpe had four of Texas Tech's five sacks in a 31-10 win at 15th  ranked Nebraska. Sharpe finished with seven tackles and he now has a team-high eight sacks for the season. Check out Brandon in action in this Slide Show 

2008  Season

Sharpe is ready to play for the Red Raiders

Brandon Sharpe is getting ready for his second season at Texas Tech. Last year Sharpe injured his ankle and played in only one game. Y-101 Story

July 2007- Brandon Sharpe talks about his first day in Lubbock as a Texas Tech Red Raider Audio  

Stories on Brandon in the Lubbock Advance-Journal- Sharpe commits to Red Raiders  Sharpe's first workouts with Texas Tech Sharpe steps up in first spring scrimmage


Former TCHS Bulldog Brandon Sharpe signs with Texas Tech

After playing two seasons of junior college football in Hibbing, Minnesota and Fresno, California, Brandon Sharpe is headed to Lubbock, Texas to play for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Sharpe, who was an All-Conference defensive end at Fresno City College, signed with the Red Raiders on national signing day. Brandon talked with Toombs Now about this big opportunity to play Division I football in the Big 12.  Audio