Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers
Jack Haffner is looking forward to the competition at fullback when training camp commences. With the graduation of Michael Zordich, Haffner likely will battle senior Pat Zerbe and fellow redshirt freshman Dom Salomone for time in the fullback rotation. A 2011 first-team all-state prep running back, Haffner is a noted hard worker and made good progress during his first year as a Nittany Lion. He joins former State College Area High School teammates Matt Baney and Alex Kenney on the roster. Haffner owned a 3.39 grade-point average following the spring semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate.
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 3.39 grade-point average following the spring semester. Born July 10, 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pa.