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St. Pete offensive lineman Jon Halapio working to adjust at college level



Halapio Former St. Petersburg Catholic standout Jon Halapio knew his transition into college wouldn’t be easy, but he’s quickly discovered it’s a lot more difficult than he’d anticipated.

“This was probably the most intense, fast thing I’ve ever had to do in football,’’ Halapio said. “Nothing, I could do could prepare me for the first day of practice. (Monday) was so hot and the intensity, the speed was so great. Everything was so fast. I’m just not used to it.’’

Meyer said he has no doubt Halpio is going to be “a great player’’, but it’s going to take some time.

Halapio agrees.

"Back in high school, you could just overpower anybody with bad technique, but here you can’t do that,'' he said. "You have to have good technique and just go hard every single play. I’ve got to get my technique a little bit better.’’

Halapio said he's thankful to have a couple of weeks without classes to just concentrate on football.

"I like to just focus on one thing, just football.'' he said. "It's hard to juggle academics and football, especially at a place like Florida. So I’m kind of glad that we are in two-a-days so I can just focus on football, even though it’s super, duper hard.’’

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:10pm]


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