CHRISTOPHER “Chris” DEON HARPER

Wide Receiver/Athlete

Kansas State University Wildcats

#3

6:00.6-228

Wichita, Kansas

University of Oregon Ducks

Northwest High School

 

OVERVIEW

Harper should be vindicated for his decision to leave the University of Oregon for “greener pastures” with the Kansas State Wildcats. While Oregon has made four consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances since the receiver departed, he is still grateful for the time he spent with the Ducks, but even happier that he was received with “open arms” upon his arrival in Manhattan, Kansas.

 

Talking about Oregon’s success rate under former head coach and present Philadelphia Eagles mentor Chip Kelly, who had arrived at Oregon at the time Harper had departed, the receiver noted, “I knew they had the athletes on the team, the players, the leadership. I knew every aspect of the program. I definitely saw that (BCS bowls) coming.”

 

Harper said he had a good relationship with Kelly, who as an assistant coach for the Ducks, had recruited him from Wichita, Kansas, to play quarterback for the Ducks. Harper saw brief time at quarterback for Oregon before throwing problems, exposed during the 2008 Boise State game, forced his move to receiver, as did Jeremiah Masoli asserting himself at quarterback.

 

Harper now says he wanted to move to receiver (Kelly said recently that Harper wanted to play quarterback). Either way, the Northwest High School product “returned to his roots” when he transferred to Kansas State to try to play quarterback, about the same time Wildcats star Collin Klein started making an impression among the Kansas State coaching staff to secure the starting job. Klein went on to become a Heisman Trophy finalist this season.

 

“Everybody thinks I moved unwillingly,” Harper said, of the position switch at Oregon. “I wasn’t going to play (at quarterback). And, I wasn’t going to sit on the bench and watch them when I knew I could be on the field. I knew what type of athlete I was. I definitely knew I should have been on the field.”

 

Harper switched to receiver, had nine receptions, two for touchdowns for the Ducks, then transferred to Kansas State because he wanted to be closer to home and because he had relationships with K-State coaches and players. He sat out the 2009 season, but he has made an impact at receiver for the Wildcats, leading them in receptions (58) and yards (857) during his final season at KSU.

 

Harper developed into Klein’s favorite target during their junior and senior campaigns together. In three years in the program, Harper went on to tie for seventh in school history with 123 receptions and twelve touchdowns, placing tenth on the K-State all-time chart with 1,734 receiving yards. In a bit of irony, his final collegiate game would come vs. the team that he began his college career with, hauling in eight passes for 71 yards vs. the Ducks in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.

 

Before stepping on any campus, Harper began his “travels” in a quest to find the perfect fit for his football skills. As a prep freshman, he ran for more than 1,000 yards as a tailback Collegiate High School before the Wichita native transferred to Northwest High School for his final three seasons. He enjoyed a stellar career at Northwest, where he would earn Prep Star All-American and Rivals.com four-star recruit honors as a senior.

 

Harper was ranked the second-best overall prospect in the state of Kansas and the 14th-best player in the country at his position by that recruiting service. He was also rated 97th on the ESPN 150 ledger among all prep seniors. As a junior, he again ran for over 1,000 yards and passed for 500 more while compiling a total of twenty touchdowns in 2006.

 

As a senior, Harper accumulated 761 yards and eight passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 506 yards and ten scores for the Grizzlies, who ended the year with a 7-3 record and advanced the first round of the state playoffs. He also lettered in basketball, leading Northwest to the Class 6A state title as a sophomore.

 

As a member of the University of Oregon program, Harper appeared in twelve games during the 2008 campaign. He lined up as a reserve quarterback for five contests before shifting to the slot receiver position, as the 230-pound freshman shared those duties with Jeff Maehl. As a passer, he connected on 4-of-9 tosses for 40 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. He also scored twice on 35 carries for 137 yards. As a receiver, he pulled down nine throws for 122 yards (13.56 ypc) and two more touchdowns.

 

Harper would spend the 2009 season on the sidelines under NCAA transfer rules, learning the techniques of developing into a receiver while playing for the K-State scout team that year. In 2010, he played in thirteen games for the Wildcats, starting seven contests at split end. He grabbed 25 passes for 330 yards (13.20 ypc) and four scores, adding another 47 yards on five reverses. Still, there was a lot of work for the new receiver to do, as he needed to refine his craft.

 

As a junior, Harper shifted to flanker, starting all but the Oklahoma State clash for the Wildcats. He led the team with 40 receptions for 547 yards (13.68 ypc), securing four of his five touchdown grabs from fade routes, but when it came to post-season honors, it would be another year before the receiver would be recognized by the media.

 

The 2012 season saw Harper be named to The NFL Draft Report’s Super Sleeper Team, a squad made up of the most underrated players in college football. He returned to the split end position for his final campaign, as the league’s coaches named him to the All-Big Twelve Conference second-team. Playing for a squad that finished 89th in the nation in passing (207.38 ypg), the senior had to make the most of those aerial opportunities.

 

Harper again led the Wildcats in receptions, as his total of 58 rank eleventh on the school’s annual record chart. He generated 857 yards on those grabs, tenth-best in a campaign by a K-State player. He only managed three touchdown catches, but he proved to be a bone-jarring blocker, delivering twelve touchdown-resulting blocks and 62 knock-down blocks, both tops for any skill position player in the conference.

 

Harper is the first to admit that even until today, said he doesn’t necessarily run routes all the time, but simply gets open for Collin Klein to find him. “I miss playing quarterback,” Harper said. “You touch the ball every play. Everybody on the field wants to play quarter-back, but it is what it is.”

 

Still, professional scouts are quick to recognize his immense athletic ability. For a player at 230 pounds to be as well-coordinated and show great body control and focus tracking the ball racing down the field, analysts have been comparing him to another big and physical receiver that enjoyed equal success as a Wildcat – Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson.

 

During the practices leading up to the 2013 Senior Bowl, NFL teams had the opportunity to see a player who has developed very reliable hands. He is a “work in progress” as a route runner, but has the second gear and sudden burst to easily gobble up the cushion and get behind the defender. Teams also saw his aggression, hand usage, field vision and great determination stalking second level defenders and blocking along the perimeter for the ground game.

 

CAREER NOTES

In 39 games at Kansas State, Harper started 32 times – twenty at split end and twelve at split end…Caught 123 passes for 1,734 yards (14.10 ypc) and twelve touchdowns as a Wildcat, adding 45 yards on eight carries (5.63 ypc), 27 yards on two kickoff returns and made a pair of solo tackles…His 123 receptions tied Brandon Banks (2008-09) for seventh on the school career-record chart…His 1,734 receiving yards placed tenth in K-State history, while his twelve scoring grabs equaled the total by Andre Coleman (1990-93) for seventh on the Wildcats’ all-time record list…Harper also spent the 2008 season at the University of Oregon, where he played in seven games as a receiver and five others as a quarterback…For his entire college career, he appeared in 51 contests (36 as a wide receiver)…Finished his career with 132 receptions for 1,856 yards (14.06 ypc) and fourteen touchdowns, carrying 43 times for 182 yards (4.23 ypc) and two more scores.

 

2012 SEASON

Harper was named to The NFL Draft Report’s Super Sleeper Team (consists of the most underrated prospects eligible for the draft at their respective positions), as that scouting information service also selected him first-team All-Big Twelve Conference, adding second-team accolades from the league’s coaches and honorable mention from the Associated Press…Started all thirteen games at split end, leading the team for the second-straight season with a career-high 58 receptions for 857 yards (14.78 ypc) and three touch-downs…Recovered a fumbled rushing attempt vs. Miami, but was tackled for a 7-yard loss, fielded an onside kick for a 6-yard advancement vs. Texas Christian and recorded a solo tackle vs. his original college team, Oregon, in the Fiesta Bowl…His 58 catches placed eleventh on the school season-record list, while his 857 yards are the tenth-best figures by a Wildcat during a campaign…Had at least five receptions in six contests, including five for 78 yards vs. North Texas, five for 99 yards vs. Texas Tech and five more for 89 yards in the Oklahoma State clash…Snared six balls for 96 yards and a 21-yard touchdown vs. West Virginia and set up another score with a season-long 62-yard catch in a 23-10 defeat of Texas Christian…Had a career-best eleven receptions for 123 yards that included a 7-yard touchdown vs. Baylor. His eleven grabs tied Kevin Lockett (vs. Kansas in 1996), Darnell McDonald (vs. Texas in 1998) and Greg Washington (vs. Oklahoma State in 1988) for seventh place on the school game-record list…Closed out his career facing his old teammates in the Fiesta Bowl, coming up with 71 yards behind eight catches vs. Oregon.

 

2011 SEASON

Harper was named All-Big Twelve Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report, as the junior shifted to flanker, starting twelve of the thirteen games he appeared in (came off the bench vs. Oklahoma State)…Even though Kansas State finished 108th among the 120 major colleges in passing offense (151.54 ypg), Harper led the Wildcats with 40 receptions for 547 yards (13.68 ypc) and five touchdowns…Also totaled five yards on three carries and returned a kickoff 21 yards vs. Miami…Posted a solo tackle in the Baylor tilt…Had at least five receptions in three contests…Began the season with four catches for 61 yards, including a 33-yard game-winning touchdown vs. Eastern Kentucky…Caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown vs. Baylor…Hauled in a three-yard touchdown on a fade pattern at Texas Tech…Carded a career-high 134 yards on four catches vs. Texas A&M, including a season-long 53-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, the longest by a Wildcat in sixteen games, as his 134 yards were the most by a K-State player since 2009…Added two receptions for 27 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown, at Texas.

 

2010 SEASON

Harper earned his first varsity letter at Kansas State, appearing in all thirteen games at split end, starting seven of those contests…Finished with 25 catches for 330 yards (13.20 ypc) and four touchdowns…Had his best game as a Wildcat sophomore at Colorado, as he caught four passes for a season-high 74 yards and one touchdown, and also had a season-long reception of 38 yards vs. the Buffaloes, bettering a 35-yard catch at Kansas…

Was on the receiving end of a seven-yard touchdown pass at North Texas with five seconds remaining in the first half, while he also had a 29-yard rush vs. the Mean Green…

Caught five passes for 56 yards and a score vs. Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl.

 

2009 SEASON

Harper red-shirted at Kansas State after transferring from the University of Oregon…Was ineligible to play under NCAA transfer rules.

 

2008 SEASON

Harper graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Oregon during the 2008 spring quarter…The true freshman was converted from quarterback to slot receiver after the Ducks’ first five games, appearing in seven more contests at his new position…Became Oregon’s first player in eight years to run, pass and catch a touchdown in the same season…Completed 4-of-9 passes (44.44%) for 40 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, ranking fifth on the squad with 35 carries for 137 yards (3.91 ypc) and two scores…Also caught nine passes for 122 yards (13.56 ypc) and two touchdowns… Enjoyed his best day as a passer by completing 4-of-6 passes for 40 yards and one touch-down vs. Utah State…Replaced injured QB Justin Roper in overtime at Purdue and then engineered the winning scoring drive…In his first game as a receiver, Harper caught two passes for 25 yards and a touchdown vs. UCLA…Ran for a season-high 60 yards and a touchdown on twelve carries in a 44-10 win over vs. Washington…Caught five passes for 85 yards and a 62-yard score at Arizona State, as that touchdown catch vs. the Sun Devils proved to be the team’s seventh-longest offensive scoring play of the season.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.46 in the 40-yard dash…1.56 10-yard dash…2.59 20-yard dash…4.23 20-yard shuttle…

11.19 60-yard shuttle…7.00 three-cone drill…35-inch vertical jump…9’7” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times…32-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…76 ½-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Harper attended Collegiate (Wichita, Kan.) High School as a freshman before transferring to local Northwest High…In his only season at Collegiate High, he ran for more than 1,000 yards as a tailback…Enjoyed a stellar career at Northwest, where he would earn Prep Star All-American and Rivals.com four-star recruit honors as a senior…Ranked the second-best overall prospect in the state of Kansas and the 14th-best player in the country at his position by that recruiting service…Rated 97th on the ESPN 150 ledger among all prep seniors…As a junior, he again ran for over 1,000 yards and passed for 500 more while compiling a total of twenty touchdowns in 2006…As a senior, Harper accumulated 761 yards and eight passing touchdowns…Also rushed for 506 yards and ten scores for the Grizzlies, who ended the year with a 7-3 record and advanced the first round of the state playoffs…Also lettered in basketball, leading Northwest to the Class 6A state title as a sophomore.

 

 

 

PERSONAL

Harper graduated in May, 2012, with a degree in Communications…Son of Paula and William Harper, Jr…Born Christopher Deon Harper on 9/10/89 in Wichita, Kansas.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2008 12 00   09      122 13.56  02    62  1.29      17.43
2010 13 07   25      330 13.20  04    38  1.92      25.38
2011 13 12   40      547 13.68  05    53  3.08      42.08
2012 13 13   58      857 14.78  03    62  4.46      65.92
TOTAL 39 32 123    1734 14.10  12    62  3.15      44.46
Above statistics are for Kansas State career
TOTAL 51 32 132    1856 14.06  14    62  2.87      40.35
Above statistics are for complete college career

NOTE…R/PG and GM/AVG reflects on seven games played as a receiver in 2008 (was a quarterback for the first five games that season…Final totals reflect 46 games as a receiver)

 

RUSHING STATISTICS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR FC
2008  35      137   3.91  02    21  00  00  00  00  00
2010  05      047   9.40  00    29  00  00  00  00  00
2011  03      005   1.67  00    05  01  01  00  00  00
2012  00     -007  -7.00  00    00  00  00  00  00  00
TOTAL  08      045   5.63  00    29  00  00  00  00  00
Above statistics are for Kansas State career
TOTAL  43      182   4.23  02    29  00  00  00  00  00
Above statistics are for complete college career

 

KICKOFF RETURNS PASSING STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG ATT COMP PCT YARDS TD INT LONG
2008  00      000 00.00  00    00   09    04 44.44      040  01  02    31
2011  01      021 21.00  00    21   00    00 00.00      000  00  00    00
2012  01      006 06.00  00    06   00    00 00.00      000  00  00    00
TOTAL  02      027 13.50  00    21   09    04 44.44      040  01  02    31

 

HARPER GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Kansas State

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Missouri St. 09/01/12 Missouri St. 51-9

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

28

1

0

0

0

1

6

Miami (FL) 09/08/12 Miami (FL) 52-13

Yes

0

-7

0

-7

0

1

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Texas 09/15/12 North Texas 35-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

78

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 09/22/12 at Oklahoma 24-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas 10/06/12 Kansas 56-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

Iowa St. 10/13/12 at Iowa St. 27-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

51

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 10/20/12 at West Virginia 55-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

6

96

1

0

0

0

1

6

Texas Tech 10/27/12 Texas Tech 55-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

99

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 11/03/12 Oklahoma St. 44-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

89

0

0

0

0

0

0

TCU 11/10/12 at TCU 23-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

62

0

1

6

0

0

0

Baylor 11/17/12 at Baylor 24-52

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

11

123

1

0

0

0

1

6

Texas 12/01/12 Texas 42-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

59

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 01/03/13 Oregon 17-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

8

71

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

0

-7

0

-7

0

58

857

3

1

6

0

3

18

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

 Kansas State

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Eastern Ky. 09/03/11 Eastern Ky. 10-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

61

1

0

0

0

1

6

Kent St. 09/17/11 Kent St. 37-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

38

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 09/24/11 at Miami (FL) 28-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

23

0

1

21

0

0

0

Baylor 10/01/11 Baylor 36-35

Yes

1

8

0

8

0

6

67

1

0

0

0

1

6

Missouri 10/08/11 Missouri 24-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

37

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/15/11 at Texas Tech 41-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

25

1

0

0

0

1

6

Kansas 10/22/11 at Kansas 59-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

55

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 10/29/11 Oklahoma 17-58

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 11/05/11 at Oklahoma St. 45-52

Yes

1

0

4

-4

0

5

55

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 11/12/11 Texas A&M 53-50

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

134

1

0

0

0

1

6

Texas 11/19/11 at Texas 17-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

27

1

0

0

0

1

6

Iowa St. 12/03/11 Iowa St. 30-23

Yes

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 01/06/12 Arkansas 16-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

3

9

4

5

0

40

547

5

1

21

0

5

30

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Kansas State

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

UCLA 09/04/10 UCLA 31-22

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

10

0

0

0

Missouri St. 09/11/10 Missouri St. 48-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

27

0

0

0

Iowa St. 09/18/10 Iowa St. 27-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 09/25/10 UCF 17-13

Yes

1

0

3

-3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska 10/07/10 Nebraska 13-48

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

13

1

1

6

Kansas 10/14/10 at Kansas 59-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

35

0

0

0

Baylor 10/23/10 at Baylor 42-47

Yes

1

17

0

17

0

4

56

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 10/30/10 Oklahoma St. 14-24

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

4

33

0

0

0

Texas 11/06/10 Texas 39-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 11/13/10 at Missouri 28-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 11/20/10 at Colorado 36-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

74

1

1

6

North Texas 11/27/10 at North Texas 49-41

Yes

1

29

0

29

0

2

26

1

1

6

Syracuse 12/30/10 Syracuse 34-36

Yes

1

4

0

4

0

5

56

1

1

6

Season Totals

5

50

3

47

0

25

330

4

4

24

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Passing

Receiving

Pts

Oregon

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

Att

Comp

Int

Yards

TD

Conv

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Washington 08/30/08 Washington 44-10

Yes

12

70

10

60

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

Utah St. 09/06/08 Utah St. 66-24

Yes

4

25

0

25

1

6

4

0

40

1

0

0

0

0

1

6

Purdue 09/13/08 at Purdue 32-26

Yes

4

22

5

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Boise St. 09/20/08 Boise St. 32-37

Yes

9

28

7

21

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 09/27/08 at WSU 63-14

Yes

5

22

7

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 10/04/08 at USC 10-44

Yes

1

0

1

-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA 10/11/08 UCLA 31-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

25

1

1

6

Arizona St. 10/25/08 at ASU 54-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

85

1

1

6

California 11/01/08 at California 16-26

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 11/08/08 Stanford 35-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Arizona 11/15/08 Arizona 55-45

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

12

0

0

0

Oregon St. 11/29/08 at OSU 65-38

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 12/30/08 OKSU 42-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

35

167

30

137

2

9

4

2

40

1

0

9

122

2

4

24

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board