Owns the most career starts (20) of any returning offensive linemen and is expected to enter third-straight year as the Pirates' top right tackle if a nagging left ankle injury that limited participation and slowed production during the 2011 season and most recent spring heals completely ... Was held out of heavy contact during spring drills in hopes for a full clearance for fall camp ... A 2012 Preseason All-Conference USA choice (third-team) by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Lauded for his pass blocking assignments, fundamental execution and knowledge of ECU's spread scheme, but injury has mitigated strength progress slightly ... Enrolled at East Carolina on a full-time basis in January, 2009 (after signing nearly a year earlier) and participated in his first spring practice period under the previous coaching staff.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics 2011: Career development was hindered by a left ankle injury that limited playing time to just eight games ... Yet, did start all eight contests at right tackle ... Missed the North Carolina, UTEP, UCF and Marshall contests due to aforementioned injury ... Also served in blocking roles on the field goal and PAT units throughout the campaign ... Guided Pirates to a No. 20 national ranking in passing offense (286.1 yards per game) ... ECU finished second in Conference USA in passing offense and fifth in total offense (395.2 yards per game) ... Provided protection for quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards in six of the last 10 games ... Aerial attack ended the season with the second-most passing yards in program history (3,433) ... Part of an offensive line that opened holes for 12 rushing touchdowns in the last seven games ... Pirates averaged 11.4 yards per completion against Southern Miss ... Provided pass protection for Dominique Davis to set NCAA records for consecutive completions in a game (26/Navy) and season (36/Memphis and Navy) ... Allowed time for Davis to set the East Carolina single-game completion percentage record of 88.9 against Navy, the second best in NCAA history for a passer converting at least 40 throws ... Pirates averaged 7.0 yards per play and 12.2 yards per completion at Memphis while gaining 524 total yards ... Against UAB, helped the Pirates to 361 yards passing, 181 on the ground and 7.3 yards per play ... In the season opener against South Carolina, provided pass protection for Davis to throw for 200 or more yards (260) for the 14th-straight game.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics 2010: A Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection who blossomed during first year on the active roster ... Played in all 13 games and made 12 starts (SMU) at right tackle ... Helped the East Carolina offense establish 14 single-season records ... Providing pass protection for Pirate quarterbacks to set new standards in attempts (632), completions (408), completion percentage (64.6), yards (4,143), yards per game (318.7) and touchdowns (39) ... Opened holes for the offense to score a school-record 60 offensive touchdowns, surpassing the 2007 team's 50 offensive TDs ... Helped the offense to program bests with 478 overall points, 346 points in C-USA games and 36.8 points per contest ... Passing yardage against Tulsa (383) was the first 300+ performance for the Pirates since tallying 406 against North Carolina Sept. 8, 2007, a span of 40 games ... Team threw for 300 or more yards nine times during the year ... Guided Pirates to a No. 8 national ranking in passing offense (318.7 ypg) and a No. 16 standing in scoring (36.8 ppg) ... Unit ranked 20th at the FBS level in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.2) ... ECU finished second in Conference USA in passing offense and fourth in scoring and total offense (437.6 ypg).
2009: Redshirted during initial full season in ECU program ... Contributed efforts on offensive line for scout team, preparing honors-winning defensive front on a weekly basis - including NFL draft choices Linval Joseph (DT) and C.J. Wilson (DE).
2008: Officially signed with the Pirates in February, 2008, but did not report in the fall.
High School: Played a key role in leading Bartram Trail High School to back-to-back district championships as a junior and senior ... Guided the Bears to a regional title in 2007 ... Earned two football letters at BTHS under coach Darrell Sutherland ... Also picked up a pair of letters as a standout golf performer.
Personal: Full name is Grant Gregory Harner ... Born August 1, 1990 at Jacksonville, Fla. ... Son of Greg and Margie Harner ... A communications major ... Earned Dean's List (3.5 grade point average or higher) inclusion during the fall semester of 2011 ... Lists former Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard as all-time favorite Pirate player ... Hobbies of choice are golf and fishing ... Always exceeded Pop Warner League size limitations as a child, thus was not allowed to play at the developmental level.