FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino announced Monday the hiring of Brandon Sharp as a graduate assistant who will work with the Razorbacks’ defense. Sharp played collegiately at Louisville and spent time in the NFL as a member of the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears.
"Brandon has always done an excellent job and we are happy to be able to move him into this role on our staff as he pursues his career goals," UA head coach Bobby Petrino said. "As a player for me, he showed a tremendous amount of leadership which will continue to serve him well. I would also like to thank Marty Biagi for his commitment to the Razorbacks. He was instrumental in the success we have had in recruiting and we wish him the best."
Sharp lettered at Louisville from 2003-06 and was part of the Petrino-coached team that beat Wake Forest 24-13 in the 2007 Orange Bowl, the first BCS Bowl game in Cardinals’ history. Sharp appeared in 46 career games at Louisville and finished his career with 120 tackles, 14 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. As a senior, he earned second-team All-Big East acclaim after collecting 50 tackles, 5.0 for loss with 2.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. His junior season, he ranked seventh on the team with 48 tackles, 2.0 for loss, and added four pass breakups and one interception.
Sharp, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., helped The Bolles School to a 14-1 record and the Florida Class 2A state title as a senior, as he earned second-team all-state accolades and lead the city with nine interceptions. His junior season, he made four interceptions while helping lead Bolles to an 11-2 mark and a district title.
He was signed by the Tennessee Titans and participated in three pre-season games in 2007. Later that season, he was signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad.
Sharp earned his degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2007.