Chris Harper began his career as a quarterback and switched to receiver. He had nine receptions, two for touchdowns for the Oregon 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. During his final season at Kansas State, he excelled at receiver for the Wildcats, leading them in receptions (58) and yards (857). Harper developed into Collin 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 12 touchdowns, placing 10th on the K-State all-time chart with 1,734 receiving yards. 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.
Harper began his career as a quarterback and switched to receiver. He had nine receptions, two for touchdowns for the Oregon 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. During his final season at Kansas State, he excelled at receiver for the Wildcats, leading them in receptions (58) and yards (857). Harper developed into Collin 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 12 touchdowns, placing 10th on the K-State all-time chart with 1,734 receiving yards. 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.
In 39 games at Kansas State, Harper started 32 times – 20 at split end and 12 at split end…Caught 123 passes for 1,734 yards (14.10 ypc) and 12 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 10th in K-State history, while his 12 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 14 touchdowns, carrying 43 times for 182 yards (4.23 ypc) and two more scores.
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 12 Conference, adding second-team accolades from the league’s coaches and honorable mention from the Associated Press…Started all 13 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 touchdowns…Recovered a fumbled rushing attempt vs. Miami, and 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 11th on the school season-record list, while his 857 yards are the 10th-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 11 receptions for 123 yards that included a 7-yard touchdown vs. Baylor. His 11 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.
Harper was named All-Big 12 Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report, as the junior shifted to flanker, starting 12 of the 13 games he appeared in…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.
Harper earned his first varsity letter at Kansas State, appearing in all 13 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.
Harper red-shirted at Kansas State after transferring from the University of Oregon…Was ineligible to play under NCAA transfer rules.
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 and one touchdown, 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… Completed 4-of-6 passes for 40 yards and one touchdown vs. Utah State...Engineered the winning scoring drive in overtime at Purdue…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 12 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.
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.
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 20 touchdowns in 2006…As a senior, Harper accumulated 761 yards and eight passing touchdowns…Also rushed for 506 yards and 10 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.
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.