The Jug sends a big congrats to Chris Harper, who was announced as a Senior Bowl invitee earlier today. The wide receiver often played second fiddle in the media coverage of K-State this year, overshadowed by the team’s running prowess, turnover-mad defense, and superb special teams. However, the Oregon transfer has been phenomenal in his own rite and would be the player everyone talks about just about any other year. Harper will participate on the North squad in college’s annual all-star game.
Harper’s inclusion is a recognition of the body of work he has put together over his career at K-State, and will provide a final opportunity to showcase his in-game abilities in front of NFL scouting offices. In 2012, he notched 50 receptions for 786 yards and three touchdowns. These statistics earned a Second Team All-Big 12 recognition and Associated Press honorable mention honors. For his career, Harper finished seventh in school history with 12 career receiving touchdowns. He was also ninth in career receptions with 115 and 10th in yards at 1,663. These statistics are particularly impressive given the run-first, ball-control offense he has operated in.
The Senior Bowl will be televised by the NFL Network at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013. The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL. Only 37 players have been named thus far, with 15 more expected to be named in the next round on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Expect to see one or two additional Wildcats announced by the time the rosters are finalized.