81 - Justin Harper Position: Split End
Class: Junior
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 204 lbs.
High School: Bandys
Hometown: Catawba, N.C.
photo A player who has the potential to add another dimension to the receiving corp with his combination of size and receiving skills ... Has improved his speed and strength ... Possesses big-play ability but must keep pushing himself ... Saw action in every game last season, averaging 18.4 yards per catch, the top average on the squad ... Is expected to see a lot of action at the split end position.

2005: Caught 16 passes for 295 yards and a score ... Caught two passes for 36 yards at NC State ... Hauled in three passes for 31 yards against Ohio and added a 20-yard reception in Tech's win over Georgia Tech ... Caught two passes for 18 yards at WVU ... Grabbed two passes for 53 yards against BC ... Added two more catches for 31 yards in the Miami game ... Had a 9-yard catch in the UNC game ... Caught two passes for 62 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, in the win over Louisville in the Gator Bowl ... Turned in the fastest shuttle run among the receivers at 3.9 during spring testing ... Also had a 37-inch vertical jump ... Led all receivers with six catches for 79 yards in the spring game ... Caught a 49-yard touchdown pass in the game from Ike Whitaker.

2004: Played in 11 games, catching five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown ... Saw brief action on offense against USC, but came back to play 30 snaps against Western Michigan ... Caught three passes for 57 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, in that game ... Had a 25-yard catch at Wake Forest ... Caught two touchdown passes in Tech's 15-7 jayvee win over Fork Union ... Played 10 snaps against both Virginia and Miami ... Caught two passes for 39 yards in the Maroon-White game ... Recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and a 4.36 40-yard dash in spring testing.

2003: Entered Tech in January 2004 ... Participated in the off-season strength and conditioning program ... Had a 10-yard reception in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Hauled in touchdown passes of 30 and 45 yards during the Hokies' second scrimmage ... Had a 47-yard catch in scrimmage three ... Closed out the spring with three receptions for 41 yards in the Maroon-White game.

Prep School: Spent the fall semester playing for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave ... Caught a 47-yard touchdown pass on the third play of that game from fellow Tech freshman Cory Holt in a win over the Tech jayvee squad ... Caught a 61-yard TD pass from Holt against the Bridgewater jayvee team ... Led team to an 8-1 record.

High School: Was a receiver and defensive back for Coach Randy Lowman at Bandys High ... Helped the team to a state title game as a senior.

Personal: Justin Lamar Harper ... Born 2/24/85 ... Son of Oddie and Marva Harper ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2005 13 1 10 10.0 0 10

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2004 11 5 84 16.8 1 34
2005 13 16 295 18.4 1 43
2006 13 21 324 15.4 1 49
2007 14 41 635 15.5 5 48
Career 51 83 1338 16.1 8 49

Punt Ret. G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2007 14 2 127 63.5 1 84