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Former Mississippi State OL LaQuinston Sharp Signs with Bay Area

February 28, 2024 - Indoor Football League (IFL)
Bay Area Panthers News Release

The defending IFL champion Panthers continue to fortify their offensive line with the signing of former Mississippi State standout LaQuinston Sharp.

"LaQuinston is a versatile offensive lineman with outstanding power, size and technique," said Bay Area Head Coach Rob Keefe. "He has big game experience, and the traits and talent to thrive in professional football.

Sharp faced high-level competition each Saturday in the Southeastern Conference and emerged as a full-time starter his last two years, earning honorable mention All-SEC honors in 2021. Sharp's fondest memories were facing Ole Miss for the state's bragging rights.

"Living those moments in the Egg Bowl against our rivals and keeping that egg at home was a big deal. When I was there, we won that game twice," said Sharp.

Being a part of a winning organization is important to Sharp, who won back-to-back junior college national titles at East Mississippi Community College where he played with former Panthers wide receiver Daniel Crowell.

"I've been on championship teams, and I know what the process is. I'm ready to go in there to grind and compete. It's time to go earn my spot," said Sharp.

Following college, Sharp was invited to minicamp with the Green Bay Packers and left with a better understanding of what it takes to get to the next level.

"The speed of the game is what I expected, and I just need to execute the plays," said Sharp. "I want to get better at using my hands as a center and keep on working to perfect my craft. When it comes to football, the little things make a big difference."

The potential difference-maker on the offensive line started playing the sport on the other side of the ball. Sharp was a defensive lineman until his junior year of high school. The switch to offense opened doors in college and provides his pathway as a professional in the IFL.

"I fell in love with it," said Sharp of the switch to offense. "It felt good being able to go out and maul people. It was fun to be able to have a big impact on the team."

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