He woke up feeling under the weather in the morning. Hours later, he went out and made three catches for 34 yards and carried 25 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.
"Jamie was puking at halftime," said Clemson head coach Dabo
Swinney. "He was playing his butt off. He played hard. How much heart
can you have for one guy?
"He laid it on the line for his teammates. I'm happy for him."
After the game, Harper said a sternum injury from the summer was
re-aggrevated against Boston College last week. That, plus the illness,
made it hard for Harper to breathe, at times.
"They kind of opened me up with some antibiotics," he said. "This morning,
I woke up and was coughing, throwing up. I just had to put it behind me
and go make it work."
Clemson was already short a body in the backfield because of Andre
Ellington's toe injury.
"I had to come out here and get it done for my team," Harper said.
And, according to Swinney, Harper did just that.
"Jamie Harper played with a tremendous amount of heart and will to win out
there," Swinney said.
Harper survives illness, injury
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