Player Profile: Charles Hafley

When you look up the word "solid" in the dictionary, you will probably find a picture of Charles Hafley. If you were to then turn to "underrated," that same picture would probably be there. In a secondary that is heavy on inexperience, and shallow in leadership, Charles Hafley will be looked to early on to anchor the unit.

Coming out of High School, Charles Hafley was a Prep All American at Ely High in Pompano Beach Florida. Yet another feather in the cap of Rick Stockstill, he chose the Tigers over many schools including Georgia Tech, Auburn, and a late push from Ohio State.

Hafley is set to earn is 4th Varsity letter for the Tigers, and to put it bluntly I cannot believe how he isn't getting more publicity from preseason magazines.

He runs a legitimate 4.5 forty, and has enjoyed a tremendously successful, yet quiet career as a Tiger. He earned ACC rookie of the week honors for his performance against South Carolina in 1998, and then in 1999 logged over 400 snaps while working with DeMarco Fox at Strong Safety.

2000 was finally his year to shine, and he had what I believe was the best year of any member of the Tiger secondary. He finished off the year 3rd on the team in tackles with 106, including his career high of 14 against the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Simply put, he was in on a ton of big plays last season, and never got the recognition he deserved.

Think back to the NC State game, who broke up the pass in the end zone that allowed the Tigers to run the clock out? Alex Ardley? Nope. Robert Carswell? Keep thinking, that's right, none other than Charles Hafley.

Who led the team with 10 first hits against Georgia Tech? Keith Adams? No way. Chad Carson? Almost. Once again, Charles Hafley is the man. He seems to bring his best for big time games. He is always causing fumbles, or breaking up a key pass, at key points in the game. Charles is definitely a guy that thrives when the heat is cranked up.

Over the course of his career, Charles' game seems to get better and better every season. He is great in pass coverage, he never seems to get turned around, and always reads the QB. He has also blossomed into a terrific open field tackler. I would be shocked if he didn't get his name in some post season All ACC teams somewhere, he will also be a steal for someone in the NFL draft next April, as he goes in week in, week out and is a hard nosed football player.

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