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T.J. Harper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Meridian, Miss.

Last College:
Pearl River CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 320

Position:
Offensive Line

Experience:
1L


Provides the Pirates quality and experienced depth on the offensive line ... Will open final season listed as a top reserve at the left guard position behind Terence Campbell but will continue to compete for starting status on either side of the line throughout campaign ... Also filled a vital special teams role during first year in program after transferring from junior college ... Suffered an early ankle injury during spring drills that forced him to miss both scrimmages and the Purple-Gold Game ... Originally signed with ECU on December 19, 2007 while the Pirates were in Honolulu preparing for the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

2008: Played in all 14 games in a special teams and reserve guard role ... On the offensive end, participated in 321 plays as a top backup and was credited with 18.0 knockdown blocks ... Longest stint came against UTEP in regular season finale with 51 snaps ... Posted a career-high three knockdowns on three occasions - vs. Houston, Memphis and UTEP ... Tallied other "successful" blocks against West Virginia, N.C. State, Virginia and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Logged over 25 plays five times in games against the Mountaineers, Wolfpack, Cougars, Miners and Wildcats ... Contributed to an offensive line that helped produce four 100-yard rushing performances by three players and allowed one sack or less in eight games (four without a sack - Virginia Tech, Southern Miss, UTEP and Tulsa) ... Also helped offense register at least 350 yards of total offense in seven games, including a season-best 475 against UTEP... Provided pass blocking protection for a season-high 296 air yards vs. Kentucky in bowl action with participation in 35 plays and four knockdowns ... Played key role in additional ECU season-highs against UTEP - 231 rushing yards and 53 points ... Enrolled at ECU in January after the Pirates' return from the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

Junior College: A two-year starter for coach Tim Hatten at Pearl River Community College, which is located in Poplarville, Miss. ... Helped lead Wildcats to an overall mark of 6-3 and a 3-3 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) record in 2007 ... Earned All-Region 23 honors as a sophomore ... Part of PRCC program that captured a state title in 2006 ... Wildcats earned No. 1 national ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association Preseason Poll in both 2006 and 2007 ... Reportedly turned in a bench press of 480 pounds and a squat lift of 600 during program testing ... Earned three-star rating by scout.com.

High School: An all-state performer at Meridian (Miss.) High School.

Personal: Full name is Trojoseph Douglas Harper... Born February 8, 1988 ... Major is communications ... Interested in film career having already directed two short films, including a documentary on the dangers of steroid use.