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    Alan Harper
    Alan Harper

    Hometown:
    Fontana, Calif.

    High School:
    Fontana

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 285

    Position:
    Defensive Tackle

    NFL Team:
    New York Jets

    NFL Draft: Chosen in the fourth round by the New York Jets.

    Fresno State: One of the top interior linemen in the nation ? was named to the Lombardi and Outland Award watch lists ? a strong and physical player who has developed into one of the best down linemen in school history ? a three-time first-team All-WAC honoree ? a pass rusher who defends the run very well ? very quick off the ball ? started in 44 of his 59 career games ? had a tackle in 45 consecutive games, the longest streak on the team ? regarded by the coaches in the WAC as the league?s best interior lineman ? his being double-teamed nearly every game led to big years for nose tackle Jason Stewart and first-team All-WAC end Nick Burley.

    (2001) WAC Defensive Player of the Year ? selected first-team All-WAC for the third consecutive year ? a Sporting News second-team All-America pick ? paced a FS defense that was tops in the conference and 18th in the nation in rushing defense ? started all 14 games ? despite being double-teamed nearly every game, still led the WAC in sacks (12) and tackles for loss (21) ? he was also in the top 10 in the nation in both categories the entire season ? was a blackshirt recipient after each game and in 24 of the 25 games the past two seasons ? eighth on the team in tackles with 58 ? second on the team with 17 quarterback hurries ? had the only interception of his career against San Jose State ? had a tackle for loss in 11 of 14 games ? had a season-high seven tackles against Colorado State ? racked up three sacks against Oregon State ? had four tackles for loss against Louisiana Tech ? tabbed as a first round pick in the NFL Draft by ESPN?s Mel Kiper.

    (2000) Had a dominating season, finishing with 16 tackles for loss, second-best on the team and second-best in the WAC ? rated one of the 20 best defensive linemen by The Sporting News ? led the team with 14 quarterback hurries ? was a blackshirt recipient a team-high 11 times ? along with nose tackle Thabiti Lockhart, formed perhaps the best tackle combination in the conference ? had a strong game at No. 17 TCU, posting eight tackles, two for loss and one sack ? his 50 tackles was eighth-best on the team ? seemed to have a major impact on every defensive play, even when he doesn?t make a tackle ? was the quickest player off the snap on the team and maybe quicker than anyone in the WAC.

    (1999) Emerged as one of the best defensive linemen in the WAC ? selected first-team All-WAC and was Fresno State?s nominee for WAC Defensive Player of the Year ? ranked second in the WAC in tackles for losses with 15 for 47 yards ? had a team-high nine quarterback hurries ? had five sacks for 24 yards ? excelled against running teams and was nearly impossible to stop in the middle ? had three batted passes, forced two fumbles and blocked a field goal attempt ? finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 80 ? had a season-high 10 tackles vs. Tulsa, including seven solos ? had nine tackles against Rice ? had eight tackles, including three solos vs. TCU, limiting NCAA rushing leader LaDanian Tomlinson to a season-low 49 yards.

    (1998) Pressed into service at right tackle, starting seven games ... recorded 39 tackles in 11 games ? third on the team with five tackles against Texas Tech ? led the team with two fumble recoveries.

    (1997) Sat out while fulfilling academic requirements.

    High School: A 1997 graduate of Fontana (Calif.) High School ... first-team All-Citrus Belt League and All-Inland Valley selection as a senior in 1996 ... totaled 63 unassisted tackles, 24 assisted stops, eight sacks and three pass deflections ... played on a team that went 11-1-1 ... attended A.B. Miller High School in Fontana his sophomore and junior seasons where he was a two-time All-San Andreas League selection.

    Personal: Born Sept. 6, 1979, in Fontana, Calif. ... mother?s name is Darlene Darby, father?s name is Alan Harper ... has one sister ? on track to graduate in May 2002 with a degree in sociology.

    STATISTICS
    Year    G-GS   Solo   Asst.   Total   TL-Yds   Sacks-Yds
    1998    11-7   18     21      39         2-7         1-6
    1999    13-13  39     41      80       15-47        5-24
    2000    12-11  31     25      56       16-61        3-23
    2001    14-14  38     20      58      21-102       12-79
    TOTALS  50-45 126    107     233      54-217      21-132
    

    Year FC PBU FR Int-Yds. 1998 0 0 2 0-0 1999 2 2 0 0-0 2000 0 0 0 0-0 2001 1 2 1 1-5 TOTALS 3 4 3 1-5

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