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Fifth-year senior who returned after suffering a knee injury before the 2013 season…backup tight end had two receptions for 19 yards against The Citadel…contributed on special teams and in two-tight end sets…played in all 14 games…founder of FSU’s Uplifting Athletes chapter which has raised thousands of dollars toward the fight against Fanconi anemia.


Redshirted following a summer knee injury…valuable reserve tight end who played in 13 games for the Seminoles in 2012, catching three passes for 15 yards…transferred to FSU from Penn State where he played in 2010 and 2011…had nine career receptions and two touchdowns in 38 career games.


Junior transfer from Penn State played in 13 games this season…caught three passes for 15 yards…caught his first pass as a Seminole against Murray State on a 3-yard sideline pass from Clint Trickett…his 1-yard touchdown reception against USF helped extend the lead to 20-10…used in double-TE sets often as a run blocker…also a member of special teams.

2011 (At Penn State) :

Played as a sophomore in every game and made three catches for 21 yards and one touchdown…also helped open running lanes for Silas Redd to gain 1,241 yards and was instrumental in Penn State leading the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed, with 14…caught his first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from Matt McGloin in the fourth quarter of the 13-3 victory over Iowa…also made a catch against Nebraska and had a 12-yard reception against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl…saw action on 310 snaps, topped by 50 in the win over Purdue.

2010 (At Penn State) :

Enrolled in classes at Penn State in January 2010 and was among seven true freshmen to play…played in every game and made three starts…had three catches for 39 yards, with a long reception of 23 yards at Iowa…made one catch at Minnesota…made his first career starts at Ohio State and against Indiana…had one catch for 14 yards against Michigan State…was on the field for 493 snaps, topped by 59 each against Northwestern and Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl.


Founded Florida State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes last fall, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for rare and under-served diseases…Haplea has spearheaded events such as a “Touchdown Pledge” that raised more than $8,000 for Fanconi anemia research…rated as the nation’s sixth-best tight end in the 2010 recruiting class…four-star player for Coach John Mattes at North Hunterdon …Named team captain and caught 17 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns as a junior…also played basketball and baseball…son of Gene and Melissa Haplea…father attended Navy, as did an uncle, Jerome Barker, who played football from 1977-79…grandfather played basketball at Rider…has an older sister, Megan, and a twin sister, Gretchen…majoring in sport management…born on October 18, 1991.