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NCAA grants Boise RB Harper sixth year

Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Boise State isn't going to return much in the way of experience in 2012. But thanks to a Tuesday ruling from the NCAA, they'll have a little more at the running back position than they would have had otherwise.

Per the Idaho Statesmansenior tailback D.J. Harper has been granted a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. Harper ran for a career-high 557 yards in 2011, placing him second on the Broncos behind fellow senior Doug Martin. With Martin moving onto the NFL and Harper both eligible and healthy, Harper should finally have his first shot at serving as the Broncos' every-down back. 

Harper looked well on his way towards becoming a major contributor for the Boise offense in 2009, his first junior year, when he ran 44 times for an average of 6.5 yards per-carry over the Broncos' first three games. But a torn ACL suffered in that third game put Harper on ice for the rest of that season, and a second torn ACL in the same knee limited his impact in 2010, when he again appeared in only three games.

Despite the NCAA's occasional stinginess in granting the waivers -- Arizona State wideout T.J. Simpson was denied a sixth year Tuesday after missing all of 2011 with a knee injury -- the Broncos were highly confident in Harper's application following the pair of ACL tears, holding him out of the traditional Senior Day festivities.

Originally a lightly-regarded running back recruit out of Cypress, Texas, Harper has 1,642 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

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Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:39 am
 

NCAA grants Boise RB Harper sixth year

Another year to play and one as a GA, and this kid might have a doctorate, courtesy of football.  That would be a great story.  I would like to see if he already has a degree, but the BSU website apparently doesn't see them as "student-athletes" and doesn't care about listing any degree.  

I hope this kid finally gets to enjoy an entire healthy year. 


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