ACC: 2012 Penn State transfers
July, 31, 2012
By Corey Dowlar | ESPN.com
Justin K Aller/Getty ImagesPenn State tight end Kevin Haplea is expected to be transferring to Florida State, a source says.Penn State junior tight end Kevin Haplea intends to transfer to Florida State, said a source close to the situation, in the wake of NCAA sanctions handed down against the Nittany Lions.
Haplea, 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, played in every game last season and filled a big role in blocking for running back Silas Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns during 2011 and is transferring to USC.
Haplea caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown last season. The No. 18 tight end in the 2010 recruiting class, Haplea (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) was a three-star prospect.
The junior will be eligible immediately upon joining the Seminoles. Haplea had not redshirted and will have three years to play two seasons for Florida State.
FSU lost two senior tight ends after last season. Nick O'Leary caught 12 passes for 164 yards as a freshman. Defensive lineman Dan Hicks moved to tight end during the offseason. The Seminoles have passed to tight ends more since Jimbo Fisher took over as head coach, with 12 catches by tight ends in 2009 and 21 last season.
July, 30, 2012
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com
Former Penn State safety Tim Buckley has transferred to NC State, the Wolfpack announced on Monday. The Cardinal Gibbons High School graduate, who redshirted last season at Penn State, will begin practice at the team’s first workout on Tuesday afternoon.
From the release:
From the release:
“I am excited to be a member of the NC State Wolfpack,” Buckley said in a prepared statement. “The opportunity to come here and play at my state university, so close to home, was something that I couldn’t pass up.”
Buckley, who will be eligible to compete in 2012, will be listed as a redshirt freshman and will have four years to play. He finished 2012 spring practice listed as the backup at free safety on the Nittany Lion depth chart.
At Cardinal Gibbons, he was the Carolina 3-A Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and played running back, linebacker and safety during his prep career. He rushed for almost 1,800 yards, scoring 36 touchdowns as a senior, helping lead the Crusaders to an 11-3 record as a senior and a 12-2 mark as a junior.