Senior tight end starts chapter of Uplifting Athletes to help fight against rare disease
The Seminoles Returned to Practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Florida State returns just three scholarship tight ends for spring practice but the Nick O'Leary, Kevin Haplea and Christo Kourtzidis trio has the talent to give the 'Noles a new offensive look.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up first: tight end Jeremy Kerr.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
Florida State vs. Murray State
2013 OUTLOOK:Transfer from Penn State who came in last fall and played in 13 games. Versatile tight end who possesses great size, hands and strength which are assets in FSU's running and passing games. Became more acclimated to the FSU offense last spring and was set to be a key player to FSU's offensive success this fall before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the off season which leads to a redshirt season in 2013.
2012: 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.
At Penn State
2010: 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.
Personal: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.