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Damon "D.J." Harper (born September 21, 1989) is a gridiron football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Boise State University.

D.J. Harper
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Cypress Creek (TX)
College:Boise State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

Harper was a two-sport letterman at Cypress Creek High School, lettering in football three times and track and field twice. He was a three-time unanimous first-team all-district (Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District) pick, team captain twice and team MVP once. He was named Houston Chronicle Player of the Week, Texas High School Athlete of the Week and finalist for Houston Touchdown Club. As a senior, he rushed for 1,570 yards and 21 touchdowns on 212 carries with 18 receptions for 160 yards. He finished his high school career with 3,900 total yards. After high school, he attended Boise State on a football scholarship.[1]

College careerEdit

Freshman SeasonEdit

During Harper's freshman year on the Boise State team, he had the sixth-best rushing season by a freshman, and the fourth-best by a true freshman, with 376 yards and five touchdowns, despite missing the last two regular season games. He became the first Boise State true freshman since 1988 to rush for more than 100 yards in a game, when he gained 153 yards and a touchdown at Fresno State. He scored a touchdown for the team in their game against East Carolina at the Hawaii Bowl. He finished the year with 6 touchdowns, 376 rushing yards on 87 carries, all career highs. He also had 3 receptions for 13 yards.[2]

Sophomore SeasonEdit

During Harper's 2nd season at Boise State, he received less carries in a crowded backfield that featured running backs Ian Johnson, Jeremy Avery, and Doug Martin. The highlights for his sophomore campaign include a 2 touchdown performance against Louisiana Tech and 67 rushing yards on just 7 carries.[3] He finished the season with 55 carries for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Junior SeasonEdit

Prior to the season, Harper was labeled as the fastest player on the Boise State Broncos football team with an astounding 4.34 40 yard dash time.[4] During Harper's junior season at Boise State in 2009, he received many more carries than in previous years, mainly due to the departure of Ian Johnson for the NFL, and Doug Martin moving to defense. In week 1 against the Oregon Ducks, he had 19 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, in addition to a 33-yard rush. In week 2 against the Miami (OH) RedHawks, Harper rushed 13 times for 89 yards and a touchdown, with a rushing long of 32 yards. In week 3 at the Fresno State Bulldogs, Harper rushed 12 times for 107 yards and a touchdown through most of the game.[5] However, during the game he suffered a season ending ACL injury, derailing the leading rusher for Boise State's season. He finished the year with a career-high 6.5 yards per rush. He was later granted a medical redshirt, leaving him with 2 years of eligibility remaining in his career.

Redshirt Junior SeasonEdit

Harper came into his second junior season low on the depth chart, despite his surge in the off-season to rehab a knee injury sustained in a game in the previous season. In week 1 against the Virginia Tech Hokies, Harper rushed 4 times for 80 yards and a career-high 71 yard rush for a touchdown. In week 2 against the Wyoming Cowboys, Harper rushed 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Through 2 games, he averaged 9.3 yards per rush, with 15 rushes for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. During the 3rd game of the season, against visiting Oregon State, Harper again suffered a season ending ACL injury.

Professional careerEdit

2013 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
4.46 s 1.56 s 2.55 s 4.13 s 6.80 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On May 7, 2013, Harper was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. On August 26, 2013, he was waived by the 49ers.[6]

Ottawa RedblacksEdit

Harper signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on June 5, 2014.[7] He was released by the Redblacks on January 8, 2015.[8]


  1. ^ "Harper bio: The Official Athletic Website of Boise State University". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  2. ^ D.J. Harper Profile - ESPN
  3. ^ D.J. Harper 2008 Game Log - ESPN
  4. ^ BSU position preview: Does D.J. Harper get enough credit?
  5. ^ D.J. Harper 2009 Game Log - ESPN
  6. ^ Price, Taylor (August 26, 2013). "49ers Waive Five Players". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Transactions - 2014". Archived from the original on January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Transactions". Archived from the original on January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.

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