Manny Harper - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 45


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 5-8
  • Weight 198
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Louisville, Ky.
  • High school Waggener

2020 – Junior

  • Missed the season with a knee injury

2019 – Sophomore

  • Practiced with the team

2018 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

High School

  • Was a two-way standout for head coach Jordan Johnson at Waggener Traditional
  • Three-year starter and team captain at wide receiver 
  • Caught 43 passes for 678 yards and 11 touchdowns and also had 34 tackles and three interceptions on defense just seven into his senior year
  • Suffered a major season-ending knee injury mid-way through his senior year
  • Named All-District in 2017
  • Also excelled in the classroom as he was named a 2017 Governor’s Scholar with a 4.2 GPA
  • Elected president of Omega Psi Phi Men of Quality 
  • Chose Kentucky over Harvard, Dartmouth, UofL, EKU and Murray State


  • Born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Son of Larry Harper and Latoya Harper
  • Siblings are Dario Harper, Larry Harper III, Layla Harper, and William Moore
  • Older brother, Larry Harper III, plays QB at Georgetown College
  • Major is kinesiology

Manny Says

  • He chose Kentucky because it was the best fit
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a collegiate football coach
  • One word to describe him on the field is “quick”
  • After his football career, he would like to be a collegiate coach
  • When he played football, as a kid he pretended he was Randy Moss
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