Fighting Irish players meet with media before heading out for first practice of 2009 season
CAREER: Veteran quarterback who has been part of Charlie Weis' offensive system since the 2005 season and returns for a fifth year... appeared in 19 games during his career but did not play his first meaningful minutes until `07 ... saw action in just three games a year ago after starting two of the eight contests he appeared in as a junior ('07) ... completed 78 of 142 career passes (.549) for 743 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in '07 ... owns a career passing efficiency rating of 105.7 and has rushed 44 times for -94 yards ... studied behind Brady Quinn for his first two years in the program ... also a member of the Irish baseball team where he earned two monograms ... missed all of spring drills while playing for Irish baseball team ... drafted in the 50th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft ... spent the summer of '09 with the Mariners' rookie ball team in Arizona ... through 21 games, batted .299, was tops on the team in home runs (six), ranked second in RBI (19), doubles (6), triples (1), total bases (46) and slugging (.597) ... led the Irish baseball team in `08 with 13 home runs and .691 slugging percentage and recorded a .326 batting average while driving in 40 runs.
2008 (SENIOR): Saw action in just three games serving as Jimmy Clausen's backup ... completed 3 of 5 passes for 18 yards ... played in victories over Washington, Navy and Hawai'i.
2007 (JUNIOR): Received his first meaningful snaps while appearing in eight contests and starting the first two games of his career ... entered as a backup quarterback in each of the first five games and also played vs. Boston College, USC and Navy ... started vs. the Trojans and Midshipmen ... connected on 77 of 140 pass attempts (.550) for 736 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions ... posted an efficiency rating of 106.7 for the season ... entered vs. Georgia Tech with 2:44 remaining in the first half and guided the Irish through the next four possessions ... completed 10 of 13 passes for 92 yards including a long completion of 20 yards to George West ... did not see action as quarterback in the second game of the season vs. Penn State ... did enter the game as a holder vs. the Nittany Lions ... completed two of five passes for 11 yards after entering the game in the fourth quarter vs. Michigan ... after entering the game in the fourth quarter, completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 33 yards vs. Michigan State ... came in during the second half for the Irish, connecting on 16 of 26 passes vs. Purdue ... recorded a career high 208 yards passing and two touchdown passes vs. Boilers ... connected with Golden Tate for a game long 43-yard pass ... provided a spark for the Irish upon entering the game in the third quarter vs. Boston College ... led the Irish on a 79-yard scoring drive in which he went four for seven for 64 yards and a TD vs. the Eagles ... made first career start with the Irish vs. USC ... was 17 of 33 for 117 yards and a long pass of 22 yards vs. the Trojans ... was 17 for 27 in second career start vs. Navy (11/3) ... threw for 140 yards and two TD's against the Midshipmen ... logged 107:52 of playing time.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Saw very limited action as the backup for senior All-American Brady Quinn ... attempted just two passes all season, completing one for seven yards ... saw action vs. Penn State, Michigan, Stanford, Navy, North Carolina, Air Force, Army and LSU ... logged 20:44 of playing time ... played in 14 games for the Notre Dame baseball team, starting six contests ... played first base and designated hitter ... recorded 2007 game-winning double against Webber International.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action as a rookie quarterback in 2005.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Marshall (Mich.) High School ... as a senior in 2004, he completed 91 of 188 passes for 1,389 yards and 16 TDs, rushed for 323 yards and five TDs and made four interceptions at free safety ... Michigan Division 4 first-team all-state quarterback by Detroit Free-Press ... helped lead Marshall to the state playoffs in 2004 before falling in the Region 3, District 1 semifinal ... top performances in 2004 included a 15-for-26 passing outing for 252 yards and four TDs versus Stevensville-Lakeshore and a 22-for-37 passing day for 301 yards and four TDs ... as a junior in 2003, he connected on 145 of 285 passes for 1,942 yards and 19 TDs ... as a sophomore in 2002, he was 126 of 280 passing for 1,840 yards and 26 TDs ... twice named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association "Dream Team" ... attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 ... rated the nation's number-17 quarterback by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... earned 11 varsity letters at Marshall (four in football, four in baseball and three in basketball) ... was a shooting guard in basketball and a shortstop/pitcher in baseball ... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (did not participate due to Michigan high school rules) ... ranks among all-time Michigan prep career passing leaders for pass completions (11th - 372), pass attempts (sixth - 753), passing yards (11th - 5,216) and TD passes (fifth - 61) ... only the 10th Michigan high school quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in a career ... coached in football by Rich Hulkow ... full name is Evan Thomas Sharpley ... one of three children ... born Nov. 4, 1986, in Pontiac, Mich. ... son of Thomas and Nancy Sharpley ... brother Bryan currently plays baseball for Notre Dame ... father Tom played baseball at Spring Arbor University ... great uncle Jim Ninowski, was a quarterback at Michigan State who eventually played in the NFL for Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington ... graduated in May '09 from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history ... earned 3.533 grade-point average in `06 spring semester and a 3.556 in `07 fall semester ... finished undergraduate work with a 3.184 cumulative average.