Career Summary: Was a four year starter for the Tigers at linebacker... Started all 13 games in 2003 including the New Orleans Bowl... Was the Tigers' third ranked tackler last season... Was credited with 97 hits including 64 solo stops... Had ten tackles for lost yardage and five quarterback sacks... Tallied one pass interception and nine quarterback pressures... Led the team with 12 tackles in the UAB game, 11 in the victory over Houston and 10 against South Florida... Was the team's thirdleading tackler in 2002 before suffering a broken leg in the Tulane game... Came back late in the season and finished the year with 37 total tackles... Had a career high 12 tackles in the 2003 UAB game... Finished his playing career at Memphis with 253 career tackles, four fumble recoveries and 30 tackles for lost yardage... His 30 tackles for lost yardage ranks as the ninth highest career total in school history and his minus 110 yards is the seventh highest total in Tiger history... Voted one of the permanent team captains for 2003
2002: Was the Tiger starter at outside linebacker in 2002 before being felled by a broken leg in the Tulane game ... Opened the season with nine tackles and a fumble recovery in the victory over Murray State ... Had six total tackles in the Ole Miss contest and added eight tackles, two tackles for lost yardage and one pass break-up in the Southern Miss contest ... Had two tackles, including a tackle for lost yardage in Tulane game before suffering a broken fibula in his left leg ... Missed the next five games before returning to action against South Florida ... Had four tackles in a part time role at USF and two tackles in the Army victory ... Finished the 2002 season with six tackles, two tackles for lost yardage and one forced fumble in the TCU game ... Was credited with 37 tackles, including 24 solo hits, four tackles for lost yardage, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2002 ...
2001: Completed the 2001 season as the defense's third leading tackler ... Was credited with six tackles in the season opener against Mississippi State ... Had eight tackles in the UT-Chattanooga victory ... Logged six tackles in the win over South Florida ... Was credited with four stops in the Louisville game ... Had a fumble recovery in the Louisville game that led to the Tigers' first score ... Opened the Southern Mississippi game with a fumble recovery that he returned to the USM four yard line ... Also logged his lone interception against Southern Miss ... Had six tackles in the USM game ... After having six tackles at Houston, registered a season high 10 tackles against East Carolina ... Tallied eight hits in the UAB contest ... Posted eight stops in the Tennessee game in Knoxville ... Closed the season with five tackles in the win over Army and had six tackles against Cincinnati ... Finished the 2001 campaign with 73 total tackles, including 49 solo tackles, 13 tackles for lost yardage (-41), five quarterback sacks (-24), one pass interception, two fumble recoveries returned for 19 and one forced fumble ... Was a leader on defense in the spring with several key older players sitting out ...
2000: A former walk-on linebacker who started nine games for the Tigers in 2000 at outside linebacker ... Had just one tackle in the season opener against Mississippi State but came back the next week to post five tackles in the win over Louisiana-Monroe ... Registered six tackles including one tackle for lost yardage the following game against Arkansas State ... Recorded seven tackles in the Army victory including a career high six solo stops ... Registered a season and career high eight tackles against Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg ... Was credited with six tackles in the Tigers' win over East Carolina ... Had his first career quarterback sack in the Cincinnati game and blocked his first kick in the Tulane contest ... Finished the season with 46 total tackles including 23 solo hits, three tackles for lost yardage, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick and eight pass break ups ... Was tied for fifth in Conference USA in forced fumbles with two ... Came to the Tigers in the fall of 1999 as a walk-on candidate for one of the linebacker positions ... Caught the eye of coaches in the fall ... Began to climb the depth chart in spring drills ... Worked his way to the number two spot at "will" linebacker behind Ian Williams ... Logged six tackles, one sack and one tackle for lost yardage in the first spring scrimmage ... Injured an ankle and missed the second scrimmage ... Battled through injury to appear in Blue-Gray game ... Had one tackle and one pass breakup in the spring game ...
1999: A walk-on candidate for a linebacker position ... Spent the fall of 1999 working with the defensive scout team ... Was redshirted in the fall while learning the Tiger defensive coverages and assignments ...
Prep: Came to Memphis after a prep career at Wooddale High School in Memphis ... Lettered in football and basketball at Wooddale HS ... Played quarterback and safety at Wooddale ... Was an all-area selection in football as a junior ... Had a career best 201 yards passing and four touchdowns in a single game ... Rushed for a career high 175 yards in a single game ... Suffered a broken wrist early in his senior season ... Worked as a small forward on the Cardinal basketball team ... Played for coach Raymond Duke at Wooddale HS ...
Born: 6/4/81 ... Is the son of Tonia Carter.
HARPER'S CAREER STATISTICS
HARPER'S CAREER HIGHS
Most Tackles/Game: 10 vs East Carolina (`01)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 7 vs Southern Miss (`02)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 4 vs four opponents
Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 3 vs Southern Miss (`01)
Most Quarterback Sacks/Game: 2 vs Southern Miss (`01)
Most Fumble Recoveries/Game: 1 vs four opponents
Most Pass Breakups/Game: 2 vs Houston (`00)
Most Blocked Kicks/Game: 1 vs Tulane (`00)