NAME: Dan Kempa
LAST SEASON: 2010
Dan Kempa was a three-time, 1,000-yard rusher as an option quarterback at Susquehanna. He accounted for 31 touchdowns while leading the Sabers to the Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 championship in 2010 when the team went 9-2 overall with only a pair of losses to Lakeland. Kempa rushed for 1,132 yards and 17 touchdowns that season while passing for 761 yards and 13 touchdowns, kicking 4 field goals, scoring on a return and adding 29 points through kicks or two-point conversion runs. He was named NPF Division 3 Offense Player of the Year and second-team defensive back and kicker.
After changing positions, Kempa became an All-American wide receiver at Division 3 King’s College where he still holds 12 school records and had 5 more at the time of his graduation. Among Kempa’s school records for the Monarchs are 2,550 career receiving yards, including a record 237 against rival Wilkes as a sophomore, and 1,479 career kickoff return yards.
The versatile Kempa kicked and returned kicks and played defensive back where he accounted for seven tackles for the City in a 2011 Dream Game win.
Former Susquehanna Coach Dick Bagnall on Kempa: “He was one of the fastest kids in the league, as illustrated by the fact that he finished third in the district in the 100. He was just a gifted athlete and a very intelligent quarterback. He audibled very well for me and in my scheme of things, our quarterbacks audibled a lot. Danny had that ability to see things on the football field.”
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