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Mountaineer Alum to Return as Graduate Assistant Coach

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Former West Virginia University football standout Jarrod Harper announced via social media that he will be returning to WVU this fall as a graduate assistant coach under Neal Brown.

Harper, who played for the Mountaineers as a safety until 2016, will serve as a graduate assistant coach for the defensive backs while pursuing his masters in sports management.

“I want to thank Coach Brown and his staff for giving me the opportunity to return back to my alma mater to start my coaching career,” Harper said on his Facebook page. “I always said when I hung the cleats up I wanted (to) coach and there’s no other place I’d rather begin my coaching career then back in the old Gold & Blue! #Let’sGoMountaineers.”

The Frostburg, Maryland, native appeared in 51 career games in a Mountaineer uniform. He finished with 130 total tackles, including 98 solo stops, one sack, seven tackles for loss, five pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He produced a career-high eight tackles against BYU and Kansas State as a senior in 2016.

As a redshirt-senior, Harper received the 2016 Curtis Jones, Jr., Achievement Award, named in honor of the late Curtis Jones Jr., an associate athletic director for academic support at WVU who died suddenly in September 2013. The recipient of this award demonstrates excellence in all facets of his collegiate career, including academics, athletics and community service.

After his collegiate career, Harper signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. However, he only played in one pre-season game after attending the teams’ rookie camp. After spending the season on the team’s injured reserve list, he was released by the Jaguars in February 2018.
Throughout his career, Harper battled back after two shoulder surgeries. He battled back from injured reserve to sign in 2019 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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