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Virginia State University (VSU) has named Justin Harper the Trojans' Interim Head Football Coach. Harper replaces Byron Thweatt who resigned to accept a position on the James Madison University coaching staff.vsu justin harperHarper

Harper joined the Trojans’ staff in 2015 as wide receivers coach. Before coming to VSU, Harper coached wide receivers and special teams at Lenoir-Rhyne University. During his tenure, Lenoir-Rhyne played in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game.

Harper played collegiately at Virginia Tech, where he totaled 83 receptions for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns. In his four years, Virginia Tech won ACC championships in 2004 and 2007 and played in the conference title game in 2005. In Harper's collegiate football career, Virginia Tech won a school-record 42 games and finished in the Top 10 three times.

In 2008, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Harper in the seventh round. He played three season with the Ravens and also for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

In announcing Harper’s appointment and a search for a permanent coach, VSU Athletic Director Peggy Davis expressed appreciation for Thweatt’s service. “I want to wish Byron the best in his new endeavor at James Madison University."

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