Haley became a household name last year, but his rise to a prominent role in Penn State’s defense was inevitable. Since he arrived on campus, Grant Haley has shown a much-needed ability to step up and deliver when his team needs him to.
As a freshman on a team with a depleted roster, Haley saw the field in all 13 games. While most of that time was spent on special teams, injuries in the secondary forced the coaches to play him some on defense as well. His lone interception from his freshman year? A pick-six to seal the win over Temple in 2014. It’s safe to say he has a penchant for big plays.
Now as a senior, Haley will be called upon once again. This time as a leader of the defense and mentor to a deep but inexperienced group of corners. With John Reid’s injury, Haley’s veteran presence will be even more important. If his abilities as a shutdown corner improve, you may not hear too much about Haley as opposing teams will be encouraged to try and attack Penn State’s other corners rather than trying to beat Haley.
In addition to his achievements on the field, Haley has received Academic All Big Ten honors and will graduate with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.