Most experienced of all returnees to Notre Dame secondary for '99 . . . joins Brock Williams as returning starter at cornerback from '98 and ranks as one of seven returning regulars overall on defense for Notre Dame in '99 . . . slated to hold down starting left corner spot . . . ranked 13th nationally among corners in '99 preseason position rankings by Lindy's . . . only Williams played more minutes in '98 among Irish defensive backs . . . claimed starting cornerback role for '98 with strong effort in spring drills and has potential to be a standout there . . . had been destined to become major player at cornerback spot following graduation of '97 regulars Allen Rossum and Ivory Covington . . . began '97 campaign at corner but ended up earning first-team assignment at free safety . . . originally penciled in as top reserve at cornerback position for '97, for same role he played in '96, in support of veteran corner starters Rossum and Covington . . . top-flight all-around player who boasts solid talent in secondary . . . again could be major contributor on special teams . . . boasts excellent speed and blue-chip defensive skills in cornerback role.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish regular in '98 at cornerback . . . played in 11 games, missing only Baylor game due to injury, and starting in all but Baylor and Boston College contests . . . made 61 regular-season special team appearances, most in first half of campaign . . . had eight tackles and a sack vs. Michigan . . . forced a fourth-period fumble by Wolverine quarterback Tom Brady that was recovered by Michigan . . . added seven tackles and a sack vs. Purdue . . . forced a fumble and was credited with a sack vs. Stanford to set up third Irish touchdown in first period for early 21-0 lead . . . tipped a third-period pass that was intercepted by Deke Cooper vs. Arizona State . . . had eight stops plus one for loss vs. Army . . . sat out Baylor game with hamstring injury, then played only two plays late vs. Boston College . . . returned to starting lineup vs. Navy . . . had six tackles and broke up two passes vs. USC . . . made six tackles in starting role in '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech . . . also made 10 special-team appearances in Gator Bowl . . . rated 10th nationally among cornerbacks in '98 preseason ratings by Lindy's.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Began season as top backup at corner but moved into starting lineup at free safety beginning in fifth game of season vs. Stanford and ended up starting eight of last nine games, including vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . . . made eight tackles vs. Cardinal . . . had 10 tackles in start vs. USC . . . came off bench vs. Navy, then returned as starter in final three games . . . had seven stops, a tackle for loss and pass broken up vs. West Virginia . . . had seven tackles vs. Hawaii . . . made nine tackles vs. LSU in Independence Bowl contest . . . made 185 regular-season special team appearances to rank second on squad in that category.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 11 games in '96 as top backup at cornerback behind regulars Allen Rossum and Ivory Covington . . . started vs. USC in '96 finale with Covington bothered by hamstring injury . . . earned a monogram (one of six rookies to win them), thanks in particular to his 125 special-team appearances . . . made three tackles vs. Washington, two vs. USC . . . broke up passes vs. USC and Washington and had tackles for loss in both those games as well . . wasted no time working his way into contributing position as first-year player.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Caught 68 passes as senior in '95 for 863 yards and 11 TDs as two-way standout at Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, S.C. . . . named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . had three interceptions and 50 tackles as secondary starter . . . career totals included 142 receptions for 1,875 yards and 23 TDs . . . made four interceptions to go with 35 tackles as junior . . . made 74 catches for 1,012 yards and 12 TDs in '94 . . . also competed in track . . . brother Dwayne is veteran starting cornerback for NFL San Diego Chargers . . . born 11-15-77 . . . full name is Deveron Alfredo Harper . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in marketing.
G-GS Time Solo Asst. Tot. TL-Yds. PBU Sacks FC
1996 11-1 55:48 5 2 7 2-3 2 0-0 0
1997 12-7 193:20 37 23 60 1-3 2 0-0 0
1998 10-9 242:12 25 23 48 1-1 4 3-26 2
TOTAL 33-17 491:20 67 48 115 4-7 8 3-26 2
The Deveron Harper File
- The Irish offensive player who will surprise people this year is Javin Hunter
- The Irish defensive players who will surprise people this year are Lance Legree and Joe Ferrer
- The sports teams I followed when I was younger were The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks
- A word to describe me on the field is Aggressive
- A word to describe me off the field is Charming
- Other than Notre Dame Stadium, my favorite college stadium in which to play football is Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
- The area I would like to improve as a football player is Speed
- If I could play another position on the other side of the ball it would be Wide receiver
- My greatest personal athletic moment was Signing a letter of intent to attend Notre Dame
- The most stimulating class I ever took at Notre Dame was Fundamentals of Selling
- The people who have helped me the most since I've been at Notre Dame are Holly Martin, Mary Ann Spence, my teammates, my family and God
- The top three teams in college football this year will be Notre Dame and I don't care who else