Football: Harper (hip) out of Big Game

As if the odds weren’t long enough in the Big Game for the 1-10 Bears, sophomore wide receiver Chris Harper has been declared out with a hip injury that had slowed him the previous three weeks.

“It’s a bummer. Chris has been a playmaker for us all year, just hasn’t gotten healthy,” coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s been trying to work through it, just got to the point where he couldn’t do it anymore. So we’re going to shelve him and start getting him ready for next year.”

Harper is fourth in the Pac-12 with 70 receptions and has been the Bears’ best deep threat. But the hip has limited his recent productivity. Over the past¬†three games, Harper has caught 15 passes for just 82 yards.¬†

Also, junior linebacker Khairi Fortt will miss his third straight game with a biceps injury.


Dykes said the Bears’ final practice of the season went well.

“I think the guys are upbeat. They understand this is a way to salvage something from this season if we go out there and pull an upset,” he said.

A sports psychologist was the Bears’ guest speaker before practuce. “Pretty interesting guy,” Dykes said. “He talked to our guys about state of mind. It’s important, obviously, as we get ready for Saturday and start working for next year.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • 707 Bear

    And so it goes.

    Is there a record for most starts lost in a season?

    Time to pull a 1986 upset.

  • Wehofx


  • covinared

    Fortt is a bigger loss than Harper. Hope they both heal fast. Looking forward to them leading us to a bounce back next year.

  • Steve W

    Can someone with a background in sports training weigh in on whether football injuries are just luck of the draw or perhaps something linked to the training regimen or lack thereof in a particular program? This is just beyond. The announcers last week noted that Colorado has suffered only one significant injury all season.

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    Get well Chris. Thanks for laying it all on the line every saturday. I love your commitment and your hard work. I hope it pays off one day with wins, bowl games and many treasured memories.

    Go Bears!