Cal Football BIO
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Chris Harper
Player Profile:
Chris Harper 1250306
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Year: Junior
Hometown: Northridge, CA
High School: Crespi Carmelite HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Twitter: @itschrisharper | @calfootball
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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Harper was Cal’s most productive receiver over his 35 games played and 23 starts during his three seasons with the program from 2012-14. He finished his career with 163 receptions for 2,030 yards receiving and 13 touchdown catches, ranking seventh on the school’s all-time list for receptions, tied for 10th in touchdown grabs and just out of the top 10 in yards receiving. He would add another score on the ground for a total of 14 touchdowns and also finish with 2,180 all-purpose yards by adding 122 on punt returns and 28 rushing. He posted his biggest numbers as a 2013 sophomore with 70 receptions to rank seventh on Cal’s all-time single-season list and 852 yards receiving, while his five touchdowns catches were second only to the six he posted as a 2013 junior. Harper was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List honoring the nation’s top receiver during each of his final two campaigns after starting his career with a bang as a 2012 true freshman when he played in all 12 games with starts in each of the final five contests and registered 41 catches for 544 yards receiving and two touchdowns to rank second on the team in all three categories. His totals for receptions and receiving yards were both just shy of true freshmen records posted by current NFL players Keenan Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 receiving yards in 2005).
 
After Cal
► Was not selected in the 2015 NFL Draft but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New England Patriots on May 5, 2015
► Entered the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Participated in 2015 pro days hosted by Cal and the Oakland Raiders
 
Cal Career (2012-14)
► Played in 35 games with 23 starts during his three seasons at Cal and ranks seventh on the school’s all-time list with 163 receptions for 2,030 yards receiving and 13 touchdown catches that rank tied for 10th
► Posted 14 touchdowns overall for 84 points, adding another score on the ground
► Registered 2,180 all-purpose yards, adding 10 rushes for 28 yards and one touchdown as well as 19 punt returns for 122 yards
► Led Cal in receptions 11 times and receiving yards in 10 contests
► Caught at least one pass in each of the last 29 games he played and 34 of 35 overall with the lone exception a contest vs. UCLA during his 2012 freshman season
► Also completed 1-of-2 passes for -1 yard and had four tackles
► In the Cal single-season record books with the seventh-most catches in school history for his career-high 70 receptions for a career-high 852 yards receiving and five touchdowns during his 2013 sophomore season
► Registered single-game career highs of 14 catches and 231 receiving yards against Washington State that are both third on the school’s all-time single-game lists and the most by a Pac-12 player for the season as a 2013 sophomore, including an 89-yard touchdown pass that was the longest reception of his career and the third-longest pass play in the history of Cal football, while adding a pair of punt returns for 18 yards including a season-long 13-yarder to give him a career-high 249 all-purpose yards
► Had four career 100-yard receiving contests
► Had a career-high 37 punt return yards as a 2014 senior against Sacramento State, while his 27-yard punt return against Stanford the same season was the longest of his career
► Had career highs of five rushes and 17 yards rushing as a 2014 junior, while his 14-yard TD run vs. Washington as a 2012 freshman was the longest of his career
► Had career highs of 13 punt returns and 100 punt return yards as a 2014 junior
► Intended major is legal studies
 
Junior (2014)
► Played in 12 games with nine starts and totaled 52 receptions for 634 yards receiving and a career-high six touchdowns, ranking tied for second on the team in both receptions and touchdown catches, as well as third in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (52.8)
► Also third on the squad with 751 all-purpose yards, adding team highs of 13 punt returns and 100 punt return yards while contributing five rushes for 17 yards
► Tied for fourth on the team with six total touchdowns and tied for fifth with 36 points
► Registered a season-high and team game-high nine catches for 60 yards and one touchdown at USC, while he had six receptions for a season-high 98 yards receiving in the season finale vs. BYU
► Led Cal in receptions on two other occasions vs. Sacramento State (5-39) and UCLA (5-29-TD)
► Had six receptions for 92 yards receiving at Washington State
► Other receiving totals came at Oregon State (4-56, TD), vs. Oregon (3-64), vs. Washington (3-29), vs. Stanford (3-22), at Arizona (2-71, TD), vs. Colorado (2-41, TD) and at Northwestern (2-33)
► Had a team-high four catches of 40 yards or more with 41-yard grabs at Arizona and against BYU, as well as 40-yard catches vs. Colorado and at Washington State, with the reception against the Buffaloes for a score
► Registered touchdown receptions in three consecutive games vs. Sacramento State, at Arizona and vs. Colorado
► Posted a career-high-tying three punt returns for a career-best 37 yards vs. Sacramento State with other punt return totals vs. Stanford (1-27), at Washington State (career-high-tying three punt returns, 22 yards), at Northwestern (1-9), at Arizona (2-4), vs. BYU (1-3) and at Oregon State (2-(-2))
► Had a 27-yard punt return vs. Stanford that was the longest of his career and team’s longest of the campaign
► Had single rushes at Washington State  (9 yards), at Northwestern (4 yards) and vs. Stanford (3 yards), while he rushed twice for a single yard against UCLA
► Registered a season-high 123 all-purpose yards at Washington State
► On the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver Trophy
► Named third-team preseason All-Pac-12 according to Athlon and Phil Steele
► Did not play in the spring game or participate in contact during spring practices due to injury

Sophomore (2013)
► Played in 11 games with nine starts before missing the team’s final contest of the year at Stanford due to injury
► Third-team All-Pac-12 selection of Phil Steele after being a second-team midseason and third-team preseason pick
► Led Cal with a career-high 852 receiving yards and tied for team lead  with five touchdown receptions, while ranking second with a career-high 70 receptions and tied for second in scoring with 30 points, with the receptions ranking seventh on Cal’s all-time single-season and the receiving yards 20 yards outside the school’s all-time single-season list
► Shared the team lead with five total touchdowns and was ranked tied for first among non-kickers and tied for second overall in scoring with 30 points
► Among conference and national per-game leaders in receptions (6.4, No. 4 Pac-12, No. 29 NCAA) and receiving yards (77.5, No. 6 Pac-12, No. 59 NCAA), as well as 100-yard receiving games (3, No. T4 Pac-12) and total yards receiving (No. 9 Pac-12, No. 75 NCAA)
► Registered career and Cal season-highs of 14 catches and 231 yards receiving against Washington State that are both third on the school’s all-time single-game lists and were the most by a Pac-12 player in 2013, including an 89-yard touchdown pass that was the longest reception of his career and the second longest pass play in the history of Cal football, while adding both of his punt returns for 18 yards including a season-long 13-yarder that tied for the team’s longest of the season to give him a career-high and team season-high 249 all-purpose yards and combining with Richard Rodgers (4-85) for 316 receiving yards to rank second all-time in school history for a duo in a single game
► Opened the season with 11 receptions for 148 yards receiving and a career-best two touchdown catches vs. Northwestern including the first ever thrown by Jared Goff in the third quarter of the contest on a 52-yard connection and then another 47 seconds later on a seven-yard hookup as he combined with fellow wide receiver Bryce Treggs for 24 receptions and 293 yards receiving in the game to mark the third-highest total for yards receiving in school history and the 11th time that two players had both gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in the same game in school history
► Earned College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week honors for his performances against both Washington State and Northwestern
► Also had a 100-yard receiving game vs. Ohio State when he caught six passes for 115 yards receiving and one touchdown on a 42-yard connection with Goff
► Led the team in yards receiving five times with each of his 100-yard receiving games and also on two other occasions when he had more than 90 yards receiving both at Washington (6-98-TD) and vs. Oregon State (7-93)
► Other receiving stats came at UCLA (7-35), vs. USC (6-21), vs. Portland State (4-61), vs. Arizona (4-25), at Oregon (3-15) and at Colorado (2-10) as he registered at least two catches in every game he played in
► Cal’s leader in receptions three times vs. Washington State, at UCLA and vs. Oregon State
► Added two rushes for six yards and two punt returns for 18 yards to rank third on the team with 876 all-purpose yards
► Was 1-of-2 passing for -1 yard with the completion against USC and an incompletion at Oregon
► Also had one tackle against Ohio State
► On the Biletnikoff Award Watch List honoring college football’s most outstanding receiver all the way from the preseason
► Listed as a “Cal Player to Watch” prior to the season as well as the nation’s No. 22 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver by Lindy’s
► College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Wide Receiver Performer of the Week vs. Washington State and Northwestern
► Did not play in the spring game or participate in any contact drills during spring practices due to injury
 
Freshman (2012)
► Had a huge true freshman season, playing in all 12 games with starts in each of the team’s final five contests and recording 41 catches for 544 yards receiving and two touchdowns to rank second on the team behind Keenan Allen in all three categories, while his 13.3 yards per catch was second on the club among regulars and third overall
► Reception and receiving yards totals were just shy of true freshman records posted by Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 yards receiving in 2005)
► Had per-game averages of 45.33 receiving yards and 3.42 receptions that both ranked 19th in the Pac-12
► Had at least one catch in 11 of 12 contests, coming up empty only vs. UCLA
► Added three rushes for five yards and one touchdown, as well as four punt returns for four yards to total 553 all-purpose yards that were fifth on the team
► His three total touchdowns tied for fifth on the squad
► Registered three tackles
► Posted a season-high-tying seven catches on three occasions vs. Washington (season-high 101 yards receiving), vs. Southern Utah (94 yards receiving) and at Utah (86 yards receiving)
► Added a 14-yard touchdown on a reverse on his first collegiate carry against Washington to tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, as well as a one-handed catch that ranked No. 2 on ESPN’s SportsCenter list of the day’s top plays and a 36-yard reception that was his longest of the season and tied for the seventh longest by a Cal player in 2012
► Posted five catches for 57 yards receiving, including a 13-yard touchdown reception in his collegiate debut against Nevada that tied the game 24-24 late in the fourth quarter as he and fellow true freshman wide receiver Bryce Treggs became the first two true freshmen to both score in their first game at Cal since Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett at Air Force on Sept. 4, 2004
► Honored for his performance against Stanford with the Berkeley Breakfast Club Award for the Outstanding Player in the Big Game on the offensive side of the ball when he co-led the team with four catches for a team-high 82 yards
► Had three catches for 32 yards receiving at Ohio State, including a 19-yard touchdown reception, and three catches 28 yards receiving in the season finale at Oregon State
► Registered two receptions for 35 yards receiving vs. Oregon
► Picked up one reception against Arizona State (11 yards receiving), at USC (nine yards receiving) and at Washington State (nine yards receiving)
► Led or co-led Cal in receptions and yards receiving on a team-high-tying five occasions, including four of the last five contests when he paced the team for four consecutive games vs. Stanford, at Utah, vs. Washington and vs. Oregon
► Was the team's starting punt returner for the final three contests after a season-ending injury to Allen, returning four punts for four yards
► Had two punt returns for five yards vs. Oregon, while also being credited with a return for no yards at Oregon State and a return for -1 yard vs. Washington
► In addition to his 14-yard scoring run vs. Washington had single rushes at Oregon State (two yards) and vs. Oregon (-11 yards)
► Registered single tackles at Ohio State, vs. Washington and vs. Oregon
► Listed by Phil Steele prior to the season as the nation’s No. 62 freshman wide receiver

Crespi Carmelite HS (Class of 2012)
► Played in the California Prep All-Star Game as a 2011 senior after a season in which he earned Prepstar All-Region honors
► Had 37 catches for 846 yards receiving and 14 TDs to lead the Serra League in receiving as a senior after posting 63 receptions for 1,003 yards and seven TDs as a 2010 junior to rank second in the conference in receiving
► Also played cornerback and was listed as the No. 12 player in Southern California at that position by Prepstar
► Team combined for a 15-7 record in his junior (8-4) and senior (7-3) campaigns

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2012)
► A four-star recruit according to Prepstar, while ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports gave him three each
► Ranked as high as the nation’s No. 61 wide receiver by Rivals, while 247Sports (No. 71), Scout (No. 80), ESPN (No. 108) and Prepstar (No. 146) also had him among their top receivers nationally
► A Dream Team Player according to Prepstar
► SuperPrep listed him at No. 107 in California/Nevada/Hawaii
► Listed as high as No. 50 overall in California by 247Sports, while Rivals had him at No. 60 and Prepstar SoCal on its Top 150 list without a specific number

Other
► Full name is Christopher James Harper
► Born December 7, 1993
► Parents are Mark Harper and Janine Gonzaga
► Has worked out with the “1925 All-Stars”, a 7-on-7 team coached by former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson

Harper's Career Game Highs
Rushes: 2 (vs. UCLA, 2014)
Rushing Yards: 14 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Rushing TDs: 1 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Long Rush: 14TD (vs. Washington, 2012)
Pass Completions: 1 (vs. USC, 2013)
Pass Attempts: 1 (twice, last vs. USC, 2013)
Passing Yards: -1 (vs. USC, 2013)
Long Pass: -1 (vs. USC, 2013)
Receptions: 14 (vs. Washington State, 2013)
Receiving Yards: 231 (vs. Washington State, 2013)
Receiving TDs: 2 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Long Reception: 89TD (vs. Washington State, 2013)
Punt Returns: 3 (twice, last at Washington State, 2014)
Punt Return Yards: 37 (vs. Sacramento State, 2014)
Long Punt Return: 27 (vs. Stanford, 2014)
All-Purpose Yards: 249 (vs. Washington State, 2013)
Tackles: 1 (four times, last vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Points: 12 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)

Last Updated
June 6, 2015

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