The third wheel on the passing tricycle a year ago for Fresno State, Josh Harper leaps to the front of the line in 2014 after a 1,000 yard season. He’ll be a key component of a passing game that will need to break in a new quarterback.
A standout for St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif., Harper played a variety of positions, including wide receiver, running back, safety and return man. When his career concluded, he had 164 catches for 2,669 yards and 28 touchdowns through the air. He earned all-league and all-state honors as a junior and senior.
After redshirting as a freshman in 2010, he found the field in 2011. Harper played in 11 games and got three starts for the Bulldogs, catching 35 passes for 497 yards and five scores. In 2012, a sports hernia cost him the final seven games of the season, but he still managed 24 catches in five games for 333 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013, he was named to the second-team All-Mountain West team after being one of three Fresno State receivers who helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in passing yards per game at 394.8. He recorded 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 scores while starting 11 of 12 games on the season. He had three games with 10-plus receptions and his 13 touchdowns were tied for eighth most in the nation.
With his two wide receiver running mates gone, Harper steps into the spotlight at last.
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