Harper survives illness, injury

CLEMSON - With his team already down one running back, Jamie Harper had no intention of sitting out Saturday's 14-13 win over N.C. State, even though he was sick to his stomach.

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.

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