#10 Kevin Haplea
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Team: Penn State|
Hometown: Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon
Coming off a strong true freshman campaign, which included three starts, Kevin Haplea will look to
expand his role in the offense and solidify the tight end position for the upcoming campaign.
Possessing good hands, size and speed, Haplea will provide the offense with another reliable pass-
catching option. A strong blocker, he also will be key in the running game. The former North Hunterdon
HS standout enrolled at Penn State in January 2010. Haplea has a twin sister, who also is a Penn State
2010 Freshman Season
Haplea enrolled in classes at Penn State in January 2010 and was among seven true freshmen to play.
The tight end position was hit by season-ending injuries to Andrew Szczerba (back) and Garry Gilliam,
who suffered a torn ACL in the Big Ten-opener, and Haplea made the most of the opportunity. He
played in every game and made three starts. He had three catches for 39 yards, with a long reception of
23 yards at Iowa. He made one catch at Minnesota. He made his first career starts at Ohio State and
against Indiana. Haplea had one catch for 14 yards against Michigan State. His catch was good for a first
down at the Spartan 25-yard line in the fourth quarter, and on the next play, Matt McGloin threw a
touchdown pass to Joe Suhey. Haplea was on the field for 493 snaps, topped by 59 each against
Northwestern and Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl.
Rated as the nation's sixth-best tight end in the 2010 recruiting class, Haplea brought receiver-like
traits to the tight end position at North Hunterdon HS. The four-star player for Coach John Mattes was
productive throughout his high school career. A team captain, Haplea caught 17 passes for 223 yards
and two touchdowns as a junior. He also played basketball and baseball.
Full name is Kevin Patrick Haplea. He is the son of Gene and Melissa Haplea. He has an older sister,
Megan, and a twin sister, Gretchen, who also is a Penn State student. His father played football at Navy,
as did an uncle, Jerome Barker. A grandfather played basketball at Rider. He enjoys watching movies and
favorite TV shows and swimming. Haplea is enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development
and is interested in owning a fitness center. Born October 18, 1991 in Livingston, N.J.