Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers
Sophomore Jack Haffner is living out the dream of being a Centre County native on the Penn State football roster. The former State College Area High School all-state honoree saw action on special teams in seven games during the 2013 season. A noted hard worker, Haffner made one stop in the win over Purdue during his first season on the field. An instinctive athlete, he will again look to play a prominent role on the special teams units in 2014. A superb student, Haffner earned Dean's List recognition with a 3.84 grade-point average during the spring semester. He has a cumulative 3.41 GPA in the Smeal College of Business and was named Academic All-Big Ten last year. Haffner, Matt Baney and Evan Galimberti are State College Area High School graduates on the Penn State roster. Haffner is among 17 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.
2013 - Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Haffner played in seven games on the special teams unit. He made one stop against Purdue. Haffner was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
2012 - Freshman Season
Haffner helped State College Area High School to the 2009 PIAA Class AAAA State Championship game and three district titles. Playing for coach Al Wolski, Haffner was a first-team Class AAAA all-state running back and a finalist for Pennsylvania Mr. Football as a senior. A team captain, he amassed 2,143 yards on 288 carries (7.4 avg.) and scored 26 touchdowns during his senior season. He became just the second player in Centre County prep history to eclipse 2,000 yards in a season (surpassed only by Larry Johnson), cracking the century mark 10 times during the 2011 campaign. Haffner also earned first-team All-Mid-Penn Conference honors. As a junior, he ran for 471 yards, scored 12 touchdowns and recorded 71 tackles from his linebacker post for the Little Lions. Haffner also was a captain on the wrestling team.
Full name is John Steven Haffner. He is the son of Steve and Amy Haffner, and has one sister, Carly, and a brother, Pete. His father and an uncle, C.J. Sichler, played baseball at Penn State, and an aunt, Nancy Moerschbacher, played softball for the Nittany Lions. His grandfather, Warren Haffner, was the long-time registrar at Penn State. He plans on majoring in finance and owned a 3.41 grade-point average following the spring semester. Born July 10, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pa.