2018 NFL Draft

D.J. Harper, RB

School: Boise State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cypress, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 211 lbs.
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03/28/2013 - 2013 Boise State Pro Day: Representatives from 13 NFL teams gathered at Boise State's pro day on Thursday, where 11 players went through a workout indoors on FieldTurf. D.J. Harper, RB (5-foot-9 1/8, 209 pounds) - Harper ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 and 4.49 seconds. He ran the short shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.87 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Harper did positional drills and caught the ball very well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/13/2012 - 2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES & MEDIA): D.J. Harper, Sr., RB, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Harper, a sixth-year senior running back from Cypress, Texas, became the 12th player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He started all 12 games, and his 15 touchdowns in 2012 are tied for the sixth-most all-time at Boise State. - Boise State football

11/17/2012 - Boise State scored on its first offensive play Saturday and never looked back in a 42-14 victory over Colorado State. Senior D.J. Harper went untouched on an 80-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos (9-2, 6-1 Mountain West) scored on five of their six first-half possessions against the Rams (3-8, 2-5) to keep their conference title hopes alive. Boise State entered the day tied with Fresno State and San Diego State in the Mountain West.

Harper, a sixth-year senior playing in the final home game of his career, finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than one half of action. Colorado State trailed 42-0 when it finally scored on a career-long 72-yard run by Chris Nwoke with 2:09 in the third quarter. The Rams managed only 229 total yards and had three turnovers. - AP Sports

10/22/2012 - No. 24 Boise State whipped UNLV 32-7 on Saturday at Bronco Stadium, using another dominant first half to cruise to its sixth consecutive victory. The Broncos shut out their opponent in the first half for the fifth straight game. They outgained the Rebels 140-15 in the first quarter and 247-113 in the half. Boise State took an 8-0 lead with 5:47 left in the first quarter. The Broncos got the ball at the UNLV 42-yard line after a series of mistakes forced the Rebels into a fourth-and-39 at their own 4. The scoring drive was keyed by a 20-yard pass from quarterback Joe Southwick to wide receiver Matt Miller. Tailback D.J. Harper capitalized, going untouched on a 10-yard touchdown run. Harper added the two-point conversion on a swinging-gate play. The Broncos made it 11-0 early in the second quarter. Harper's 35-yard run put them in scoring position and Michael Frisina, who is perfect inside 30 yards and 0-fer outside 30, made a 30-yard field goal. - The Sports Xchange

10/13/2012 - Even though Boise State is no longer a pass-happy, high scoring offense, the Broncos are still finding ways to win. Gone are the days when the offense put up 40 points or more on the arms of quarterbacks throwing for 400 yards and a fistful of touchdowns -- at least for now. On Saturday, the No. 24 Broncos rushed for 215 yards and the defense forced two turnovers, notched three sacks and didn't allow a touchdown until the final minutes en route to a 20-10 victory over Fresno State. For the Broncos (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West), it doesn't matter how the wins come. "It starts with our defense. Those guys are playing really hard and to hold Fresno to 10 points is really impressive," said coach Chris Petersen, who beat Fresno State for the seventh straight time. "We had a couple things where you don't like to be kicking field goals on the 1-yard line, but we just kind of felt like it was going to be that type of game. Our defense was playing well and we took the points" from field goals. Senior D.J. Harper led the offense, rushing for 122 yards on 21 carries -- his third game this year topping the 100-yard mark -- and he put the Broncos up 17-0 two minutes before the half with a nifty 28-yard touchdown run. After breaking through the Fresno State line, Harper spun away from a linebacker, raced down the sideline and dove and stretched the ball just enough to break the plane of the goal line. The score was upheld after an official review. Harper's backfield counterpart Jay Ajayi added 82 yards on 14 carries and the Broncos amassed 335 total yards on offense. - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Boise State continued its domination of Fresno State with a 20-10 win Saturday afternoon at Bronco Stadium. It was the Broncos' seventh straight defeat of the Bulldogs -- and a key win in the Mountain West title race. Boise State (5-1 overall, 2-0 Mountain West) and Nevada are the only teams without a league loss. Boise State shut out Fresno State in the first half -- the third straight year that the Broncos did that to the Bulldogs, and the fourth straight game this season the Broncos did that to their opponent. The Broncos took a 7-0 lead with 3:01 left in the first quarter. Junior wide receiver Aaron Burks made a juggling, 25-yard catch as he hit the turf to get the Broncos' offense moving for the first time in the game. Junior quarterback Joe Southwick tossed a 6-yard pass to senior tailback D.J. Harper on third-and-5 to extend the drive. Two plays later, Southwick fired to the front corner of the end zone and junior Geraldo Boldewijn made the 10-yard touchdown catch in tight coverage. The Broncos made it 10-0 on their next drive. Southwick threw an interception that was overturned on a roughing-the-passer penalty and Boldewijn (12-yard catch) and freshman tailback Jay Ajayi (14-yard run) made a couple of nice plays. Ajayi was stopped on consecutive plays at the 1, though, and the Broncos settled for a 19-yard field goal by senior kicker Michael Frisina. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2012 - Joe Southwick threw for three touchdowns and Boise State took advantage of five turnovers to breeze past Southern Mississippi 40-14 Saturday. The Broncos (4-1) won their fourth straight by intercepting Golden Eagles quarterback Ricky Lloyd twice and recovering three of four fumbles by Southern Miss, which is 0-5 for the first time since 1976. The first interception came on Lloyd's fifth attempt of the game and set up Southwick's 11-yard scoring pass to Matt Miller that put the Broncos on top 7-0. The lead swelled to 24-0 at the half when Southwick threw his second touchdown, a 33-yard strike to Chris Potter with 6 seconds left in the second quarter. Southwick completed 17 of 26 passes for 201 yards with an interception. D.J. Harper led the Broncos in rushing with 14 carries for 51 yards, including touchdown runs of 11 and 19 yards. - AP Sports

09/20/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: BYU at Boise State, Sept. 20 -- These teams hoped to get here without a loss and stage a major showcase for their programs. Instead, each has one loss and the loser of this game will be hard-pressed to extend its recent run of Top 25 seasons. KEYS TO THE GAME: If BYU can play the run as well as it has in the first three games, Boise State's offense likely will struggle to score. If it can't, the Broncos might score too many points for the Cougars to match. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson is a proven playmaker in the final two minutes, so a close game could favor the Cougars. Both teams have concerns at kicker. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB D.J. Harper -- Harper followed his miserable opener with a 26-point night against Miami (Ohio). He's one of the team's top playmakers, so the offensive line needs to give him chances to make an impact. - The Sports Xchange

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D.J. Harper, Boise State, Senior, Running Back, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Creek HS,...D.J. Harper scored a career-high four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving), in Boise State's 39-12 win over Miami (Ohio). His touchdown runs were from 1, 11 and 43 yards, while his lone reception was a 21-yard TD. Harper ended the game with a career-high 162 yards rushing on 16 carries, averaging 10.1 yards per attempt. The Cypress, Texas, native also added a two-point conversion run to finish with 26 points overall, which ties an MW senior class record and ranks as the fifth-highest single-game tally in league history. Harper's 26 points are also the most in a single game by an FBS player this season. Harper's four touchdowns are the most in a single game for Boise State since former running back Doug Martin scored four times against New Mexico State in 2009. - Mountain West football

09/15/2012 - D.J. Harper rushed for a career-high 162 yards and three touchdowns to lead Boise State past Miami (Ohio) 39-12 on Saturday. Harper, a sixth-year senior who was granted a medical redshirt and an extra year of eligibility, also caught a 21-yard pass from Joe Southwick and ran for a 2-point conversion. Boise State (1-1) won its eleventh straight home opener, overcoming a pair of first-half turnovers before pulling away for good in the second half. Miami (1-2) took a 9-8 lead in the second quarter after Pat Hinkel's fumble at the Boise State 9 set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Treadwell to Andy Cruse. Boise State responded with seven-play, 75-yard drive, culminating with a 1-yard scoring run by Harper to retake the lead. - AP Sports

08/31/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Boise State at Michigan State, Aug. 31 -- The Broncos have won 12 games in back-to-back seasons. The Spartans have won 11 games in back-to-back seasons. And both are breaking in new quarterbacks in this prime-time opener. The Broncos have won these games in recent years with superior execution and special teams, particularly in the first half. KEYS TO THE GAME: Boise State's Joe Southwick and Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell need to keep their offenses in good situations and avoid disastrous turnovers. The difference between these teams could be the defenses. Michigan State's is veteran and nasty. Boise State's is young and untested. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB D.J. Harper -- Harper hasn't been the featured back before, but he has made some big plays in big games. This is his chance to step out of the shadows. - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - RB D.J. Harper enters his sixth season trying to carve out an interesting statistical niche. He has scored at least two touchdowns in five straight years. He's the starter, so if he stays healthy he should extend the streak to six years. He was able to redshirt twice after getting injured in the third game of a season. - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT BOISE STATE PLAYER: RB D.J. Harper - The Broncos are shorthanded at tailback, where the backup is former walk-on Drew Wright, who is untested. Beyond that, they're counting on three players who have yet to play a college football game redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi and true freshmen Jack Fields and Devan Demas. Harper has sustained two torn ACLs in his career and never has been the featured back. - The Sports Xchange

07/24/2012 - A preseason media poll is projecting Boise State as the overwhelming favorite to win the Mountain West Conference title. Journalists who cover the league gave the Broncos 27 out of a possible 30 first-place votes. Overall, the Broncos earned 296 points in the poll released Tuesday. Nevada was second with 244 points. It's the fifth straight season Boise State has been favored to win its conference. The media poll projects Fresno State to finish third, followed by Wyoming, San Diego State and Air Force. Boise State finished second in the Mountain West last season. TCU won the league title after beating the Broncos in Boise in November. This will be Boise State's last season in the Mountain West. The Broncos will join the Big East Conference for the 2013 season. - AP Sports

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: D.J. Harper (Sr.), Boise State, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Harper finished as the Broncos' second-leading rusher last season, picking up 557 yards on 115 carries. He scored a career-high nine rushing touchdowns in 2011, increasing his career total to 24, the ninth-most in school history. Harper has four 100-yard rushing games on his career, including two in back-to-back games against UNLV (109) and TCU (125) last season. He had averaged 6.5 and 8.9 yards per carry through three games in both 2009 and 2010, respectively, before suffering season-ending knee injuries each season. Harper was granted a sixth year of eligibility for 2012. - Boise State football