Harper to Turn Professional


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Clemson, SC—Clemson junior running back Jamie Harper announced Sunday that he has signed with an agent and will enter his name in the 2011 NFL draft. Harper is the second Clemson underclassman to announce he will turn professional. Last week, first-team All-American Da’Quan Bowers announced he would enter the NFL draft.


“I want to thank all the coaches at Clemson,” said Harper. “That includes Coach (Dabo) Swinney, Coach (Andre) Powell, my position coach, and Coach (Joey) Batson and his strength staff. They all helped prepare me for the next level.

“I also want to thank my family who has been very supportive throughout this process.

“I especially want to thank my teammates who have helped me become a better player over the last three years. They have always been supportive. I wish the guys who will be returning next year the best.”


Harper was Clemson’s leader in rushing and all-purpose runner this year. The native of Jacksonville, FL had 197 carries for 760 yards and seven rushing touchdowns in 2010. He added 35 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns receiving, giving him 1088 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns for the season. The reception total was the third highest total for a running back in Clemson history.
Harper was Clemson’s second leading receiver in terms of receptions and tied for second in reception touchdowns. His 10 total touchdowns were second on the team behind Andre Ellington’s 12.


Harper had consecutive games with at least 140 yards rushing late in the season. He had 27 rushes for 143 yards at Florida State and 24 for 142 the next week at Wake Forest. He was the first Clemson back in five years to have consecutive games with at least 140 yards rushing.

He also had nine receptions for 54 yards against Florida State, giving him 197 yards from scrimmage against the Seminoles in Clemson’s narrow, 16-13, loss. The nine receptions were a single game Clemson record for a Clemson running back.

“I certainly wanted Jamie to remain at Clemson for his senior year,” said Dabo Swinney. “But, I thank him for his contributions to our program the last three years. He represented our school and our program well. He was a fun player to coach because he gave us everything he had in every practice and every game.”

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Harper to Turn Professional
Crump®
horrible decision, he will be lucky to get drafted or even..
tigerking79®
Re: horrible decision, he will be lucky to get drafted or even..
Ronalbrigt
exactly why he is leaving, stats not going to get better***
MoneyMike23®
even though he didn't live up to expectations, he still did
tigerking79®
With his size, speed and ability to catch the ball.....
Rogue Cock
Re: With his size, speed and ability to catch the ball.....
cdfrisch
Re: With his size, speed and ability to catch the ball.....
smillsap1
Re: With his size, speed and ability to catch the ball.....
jtig
230lb Back who runs like 175 lbs back _ GREAT***
chiefcris
I agree he will impress at the combine....
dreww718
Dude - seriously what impresses u about this kid as a player***
chiefcris
you don't play football at the combine
dreww718
Re: horrible decision, he will be lucky to get drafted or even..
tigered1®
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
raginranger®
Actually a pretty good decision...
95paw
3rd or 4th string next year? you are assuming an awful lot
tigertrain
Bingo...the spread is not a great O for Jamie. He will be a
Cooltig
Re: Bingo...the spread is not a great O for Jamie. He will be a
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Bingo...the spread is not a great O for Jamie. He will be a
Dugatiger®
He Should get his degree and work like the rest of us***
chiefcris
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
amikie
Re: Harper - great running behind his pads
74TIGER
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
Tiger Lady
Good luck, Jamie
grover173
Good luck to Jamie in the future. I wish him the best.***
Clemson13
Hrmmm NFL Advisory says undrafted
RTiger00
Didnt Like the idea of sitting on bench
chiefcris
Willie Parker
tigeroarz1
difference was UNC hardly played Parker***
tigerking79®
good luck....you are gonna need it.***
cparks44
Frank Tomera to Turn Professional
TigerNotAtGT
Do NOT besmirch the name of the great Tomera.***
tomerafan
Re: Do NOT besmirch the name of the great Tomera.***
94TigerRG
You're welcome... oh wait he didn't thank the fans.....***
cynicaltiger®
Sad when the gamecock fan is the one who says something
Bryanttiger®
Sad what people have become... "Your a coot
cynicaltiger®
Best of Luck!
Fluxus
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
94TigerRG
Bahaha
TigerFan20
Re: Bahaha
Dugatiger®
Good luck Jamie. You're nowhere close to ready for the NFL*
Topher
Knows he's not better than talent coming in***
chiefcris
Appearly the kid has no friends.... "Hey dude thats bad idea***
chiefcris
The way I see it, it's called "Dropping out of School"***
hleapha
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
TigerFanClint
He probably couldn't handle the new CU offense anyway***
Tiger_Tim
Re: Harper to Turn Professional
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