Harper third to bolt Oregon

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Perhaps transfers happen in threes?

First, it was projected starting receiver Aaron Pflugrad. Then it was veteran backup quarterback Justin Roper. Now Oregon is losing receiver Chris Harper, who showed great promise in 2008 after switching positions from quarterback.

Harper has been granted a release and will transfer from Oregon, possibly to Kansas State, Kansas or Oklahoma State, which are closer to his home in Wichita, Kan.

The Eugene Register-Guard also pointed out that "combined with the loss of defensive tackle Tonio Celotto, who gave up football, and center Hamani Stevens, who took a church mission, the Ducks have lost five players" who likely would have started or contributed in 2009.