Harper Opts to Leave Oregon

EUGENE – University of Oregon wide receiver Chris Harper has informed head coach Chip Kelly of his intentions to transfer to a school closer to his Midwest home, Kelly confirmed Tuesday.

The Wichita, Kan., native, who played in 12 of 13 games in 2008 as a true freshman, began his collegiate career at quarterback for the Ducks before finishing the season at wide receiver.

In his four games at quarterback, Harper combined to complete four of nine passes for 40 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. However he did run for a single-season best 60 yards and one score in the season-opening win vs. Washington, and was at the helm in the second overtime when Oregon scored the winning touchdown in a 32-26 victory at Purdue. He ended the year rushing for 137 yards while adding two scores on the ground.

He was shifted to wide receiver for the team's final seven games, catching passes in four contests. His nine catches for 122 yards and two TDs included a one-game high of five receptions for 85 yards and one score at Arizona State.

"Chris indicated to me that it came down to him wanting to play somewhere closer to home," Kelly said. "I told him I wished him the best."

Kelly said he was unsure where Harper was looking to transfer to, although the Ducks' first-year head coach added he was under the impression from university officials that Harper had requested his release be forward to Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Harper will have four seasons to complete his three years of remaining collegiate eligibility

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