Oklahoma Sooners: Chris Harper

Senior Bowl buzz from the Big 12

January, 26, 2013
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You can keep up with our scouts in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl this week with ESPN Insider, but here's a taste of what they've seen from the Big 12 talents this week:

Kansas State receiver Chris Harper got his first notebook mention of the week Insider after a strong practice for the North team. Scouts love his size (228 pounds) and ability to box out defenders for the ball, but had big questions about his speed and ability to get off the line. I'd agree with those. He's not a physical freak, but he's a great route-runner with really good hands. That can pay off at the next level. Our scouts said he had trouble getting free on underneath routes. We saw that at Kansas State. He's most effective out on the edge with cornerbacks, where safeties and linebackers couldn't necessarily help.

Texas defensive end Alex Okafor's up and down week continued, but he impressed on Wednesday in 1-on-1 workouts. There's some questions about his run-stopping ability and breaking loose against double teams, but he's at least earning some attention.

Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson is turning heads for the South team Insider this week. Scouts are raving about his long arms and quickness. Considering he's a former quarterback, that's not much of a surprise.

Film room: K-State 24, Oklahoma 19 

September, 23, 2012
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Oklahoma's hopes of competing for a championship -- either Big 12 or BCS -- took a major hit with the 24-19 loss to Kansas State at Owen Field on Saturday. The OU offense shot itself in the foot with three turnovers, two by senior quarterback Landry Jones. Here’s a closer look at the Sooners' loss after further review:

Jones third-down incompletion targeting Kenny Stills on OU’s first possession

Two plays after Jones missed a wide-open Brannon Green for a touchdown on play action, he missed Stills in the corner on third down. This play was important for various reasons:

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Sept. 22, 2012: vs. Kansas State
2011 record: 10-3 | 2011 conference record: 7-2 (Big 12)
OU’s all-time against Kansas State: 71-17-4

Top returners: QB Collin Klein, RB John Hubert, WR Chris Harper, WR Tyler Lockett, OG Nick Puetz, DE Adam Davis, DE Meshak Williams, DT Vai Lutui, LB Arthur Brown, LB Tre Walker, CB Nigel Malone, S Ty Zimmerman

Key losses: OT Zach Hanson, OT Clyde Aufner, OG Colten Freeze, DT Ray Kibble, DE Jordan Voelker, LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB David Garnett, S Tysyn Hartman

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Collin Klein* (1,141 yards)
Passing: Collin Klein * (1,918 yards)
Receiving: Chris Harper* (547 yards)
Tackles: Arthur Brown* (101)
Sacks: Meshak Williams* (7)
Interceptions: Nigel Malone* (7)

What they’re saying: “We are putting more pressure on us than anyone else. We want this season to be something really special.” – WR Chris Harper

Three things to watch:

1. Once again, the Kansas State offense will live and die with bruising rushing quarterback Collin Klein. After winning the job, Klein emerged into one of the biggest surprises last season while quarterbacking the Wildcats all the way to the Cotton Bowl. Klein won’t sneak up on anyone this season, but with Robert Griffin III gone, the ‘Cats will have the top running QB in the Big 12.

2. The Wildcats have to replace three starters up front offensively, but every one of Klein’s top weapons is back to help him. Chris Harper led the Wildcats with 40 catches for 547 yards last season. Harper will be flanked by Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett, a Freshman All-America. After rushing for 970 yards last season John Hubert returns at running back to help shoulder the rushing load with Klein.

3. The Wildcats boast one of the favorites to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in middle linebacker Arthur Brown, who is coming off a 101-tackle season. Brown is fast and a ferocious tackler, and will make it difficult for anyone to run consistently on Kansas State.

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