Harper is the second Clemson underclassman to announce he will turn professional. Last week, first-team All-American Da'Quan Bowers announced he would enter the NFL draft.
"I want to thank all the coaches at Clemson," said Harper. "That includes Coach
(Dabo) Swinney, Coach (Andre) Powell, my position coach, and Coach (Joey) Batson
and his strength staff. They all helped prepare me for the next level.
"I also want to thank my family who has been very supportive throughout this process.
"I especially want to thank my teammates who have helped me become a better player
over the last three years. They have always been supportive. I wish the guys who
will be returning next year the best."
Harper was Clemson's leader in rushing and all-purpose runner this
year. The native of Jacksonville, FL had 197 carries for 760 yards and
seven rushing touchdowns in 2010. He added 35 receptions for 328 yards
and three touchdowns receiving, giving him 1088 yards from scrimmage and
10 touchdowns for the season. The reception total was the third highest
total for a running back in Clemson history.
Harper was Clemson's second leading receiver in terms of receptions and tied for
second in reception touchdowns. His 10 total touchdowns were second on the team
behind Andre Ellington's 12.
Harper had consecutive games with at least 140 yards rushing late in the season. He
had 27 rushes for 143 yards at Florida State and 24 for 142 the next week at Wake
Forest. He was the first Clemson back in five years to have consecutive games with
at least 140 yards rushing.
He also had nine receptions for 54 yards against Florida State, giving him 197 yards
from scrimmage against the Seminoles in Clemson's narrow, 16-13, loss. The nine
receptions were a single game Clemson record for a Clemson running back.
"I certainly wanted Jamie to remain at Clemson for his senior year," said Dabo
Swinney. "But, I thank him for his contributions to our program the last three
years. He represented our school and our program well. He was a fun player to
coach because he gave us everything he had in every practice and every game."
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