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 Statesman, senior 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.Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. View a preview.
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