Below is Jamie's bio from the
Tennessee Titans Media Guide
Harper is 235-pound running back that carries the ball with power,
but also possesses surprising quickness for a player his size. The
2011 fourth-round pick saw action as a reserve in 13 games as a
rookie and carried the ball 17 times for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Harper was an effective receiver out of the backfield in college and
excelled in the screen game. He caught four passes for 32 yards with
the Titans in 2011. In his second season, he will compete for
playing time on special teams and will serve as a complementary
runner to All-Pro Chris Johnson.
As a rookie in 2011, Harper played in 13 games
as a reserve and rushed the ball 17 times for 44 yards with a
touchdown. He scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard plunge
against Jacksonville (12/24/11).
Harper went back to school at Clemson during the
2012 offseason as he works toward his degree in Communications. He
has just eight hours of classes remaining before graduation. Harper
has started a foundation called Forever 17 that aims to help
underpriviledged youth. The foundation is named after Harper’s
roommate at Clemson, Stanley Hunter, who was diagnosed with Epilepsy
and is unable to play football anymore. Hunter wore the number 17.
Harper lists his father James, who works for a towing company in
Jacksonville, as one of the most inspirational people in his life.
raised Jamie and his three brothers after their mother Dietria
passed away from lung cancer when Jamie was just nine years old.
Before entering the NFL, Harper had never owned a vehicle before.
While in college, if he couldn’t catch a ride somewhere, he’d get up
Jacksonville, Fla., native was selected by the Titans with their
second pick in the fourth round (130th overall) the 2011 NFL Draft.
2012 (7/0): Registered a
career-best two rushing touchdowns at Buffalo (10/21/12). Has tied
for the team lead in special teams tackles once in 2012 (at BUF).
• Against New England (9/9), saw limited action as a reserve running
back and carried the ball once for three yards. Grabbed one
reception for eight yards out of the backfield.
• At San Diego (9/16), did not play.
• Against Detroit (9/23), saw limited action as a reserve at running
back and on special teams.
• At Houston (9/30), was inactive.
• At Minnesota (10/7), was inactive.
• Against Pittsburgh (10/11), played as a reserve at running back
and carried the ball twice for one yard, including a touchdown. Gave
the Titans a 13-10 lead with a one-yard touchdown plunge with 14:14
remaining in the second quarter.
• At Buffalo (10/21), played as a reserve at running back and
carried the ball seven times for eight yards with a career-best two
touchdown runs. Scored his first of two rushing scores with a
one-yard touchdown plunge to give the Titans a 21-14 lead with 10:18
remaining in the second quarter. Increased the Titans lead to 28-20
with his second one-yard touchdown run of the game with 11:45 left
to play in the third stanza. Registered a special teams tackle on
• Against Indianapolis (10/28), saw limited action as a reserve
running back and carried the ball once for minus-one-yard.
• At Chicago (11/4), played as a reserve on special teams and a
limited role at running back. Posted a special teams tackle on
• At Miami (11/11), saw action as a reserve running back and carried
the ball twice for zero yards before leaving the game in the third
quarter with an injury.
2011 (13/0): As a rookie, saw action in 13 games as a reserve
running back and carried the ball 17 times for 44 yards with a
touchdown. Caught four passes for 32 yards. Did not play against
Baltimore (9/18) and at Buffalo (12/4). Was inactive against Tampa
• At Jacksonville (9/11), saw action as a reserve in his first
career NFL contest and carried the ball three times for 10 yards.
Converted a third and seven in the first quarter by hauling in his
first career reception for 21 yards.
• At Cleveland (10/2), saw limited action at running back and picked
up a first down with a two-yard run on a third-and-one rush in the
• Against Houston (10/23), played as a reserve on special teams and
as a running back late in the fourth quarter. Carried the ball twice
for four yards. Recovered a Marc Mariani fumble on the opening
kickoff of the second half.
• At Indianapolis (12/18), played as a reserve at running back and
carried the ball twice for three yards and snared one reception for
• Against Jacksonville (12/24), saw action as a reserve at running
back and carried the ball four times for six yards and caught one
pass for five yards. Gave the Titans a 17-7 lead with his first
career touchdown, a one yard plunge, with 12:03 left to play in the
• At Houston (1/1), played as a reserve at running back and carried
the ball four times for 19 yards and caught one pass for four yards.
• During his three-year career at Clemson,
Harper posted 1,311 rushing yards on 311 carries with 12 touchdowns
and hauled in 50 catches for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 835
snaps over 39 games with 10 starts. Scored 90 points and generated
1,782 all-purpose yards on 368 chances, an average of 45.7 yards per
game. Caught nine passes against Florida State in 2010, setting a
school game-record for running backs. Decided to forego his senior
season and enter the NFL draft in January 2011.
• As a junior (2010), collected a team-high 760 yards on 197 carries
with seven touchdowns and notched a career-best 35 catches for 328
yards with three touchdowns in 518 snaps over 13 games with seven
starts. Ninth in the ACC in rushing yards per game (58.5), while
registering three 100- yard rushing games. Had 10 total touchdowns,
second-most on the team and led the team in yards from scrimmage
(1,058). Finished second on the team in receptions and had at least
one catch in every game, the only Tiger to do so. Played in tandem
with Andre Ellington at running back for the first eight games of
the season before carrying most of the load for the last four games
with Ellington’s injury. In the last four games, he averaged 94.3
rushing yards per game.
• As a sophomore (2009), played in all 14 games, starting the Middle
Tennessee and South Carolina contests. Ranked third on the squad
with 80 carries for 418 yards (5.2 avg.) and four touchdowns. Made
11 catches for 49 yards (4.5 avg.) and recorded one solo tackle.
Scored 24 points and had two kickoff returns for 27 yards (13.5 avg).
Finished with 494 all purpose yards, an average of 35.3 yards per
game. Co-winner of the 12th Man Award on offense along with fellow
running back Andre Ellington, as voted on by the Tiger coaching
• As a freshman (2008), played in 12 games, starting against
Alabama, and finished with 133 yards and a touchdown on 34 attempts
(3.9 avg.), adding 21 yards on four catches (5.3 avg.).
• Majored in communication studies at Clemson.
• Splits time between Nashville and
• Attended Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) and rushed
for 1,437 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. Was ranked #1 running
back in the state by FloridaFB.com.
• Rated as the No. 12 prospect in the nation by ESPN.com, No. 3
running back in the nation by ESPN.com, No. 5 running back and No.
35 prospect in the nation by Scout.com and No. 119 prospect in the
nation by Rivals.com.
• Totaled 1,200 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns along with four
receiving touchdowns as a junior.
• Played in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American game and scored the
winning touchdown on a pass with less than three minutes left in the
• Was a standout basketball player and track athlete, winning the
state title in the 4x100m and finishing eighth in the 200m.
• Graduated high school with a 3.6 grade point average.
• Has three brothers: Chris Scott (27), Rodrick Hall (25), Toney
• Hobbies include bowling, shooting pool and playing cards.
• Follow Harper on Twitter at @Newbreed23.
• List of favorites: (TV show) “Spartacus”; (movie) “Bad Boys II”;
(music artist) Field Mob; (school subject) math; (actor) Jamie Foxx;
(car) “I’ve never had one, but I guess I’d say a Mercedes”; (book)
inspirational and spiritual books such as Tony Dungy’s “Quiet
Strength”; (childhood sports hero) Emmitt Smith; (sports team) Texas
Rangers and Orlando Magic; (video game) Call of Duty; and (food)
seafood, especially Joe’s Crab Shack.
• Born James William Harper III on Sept. 11, 1989 in Waco, Texas.