The news coming out of Tallahassee today isn't good for Florida State fans. Senior tight end Kevin Haplea has torn his ACL and will be forced to miss the entire 2013 season per head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“We learned this morning that Kevin had an ACL tear and out of respect to the Haplea family, waited to give their family time before we issued a statement. It’s unfortunate for Kevin. He had a great spring and was going to be a big part of our offense this season," said Fisher.
Haplea played in 13 games for the Seminoles last year, and had three receptions for 15 yards. He caught his first touchdown as a Seminole in the win at USF. Primarily a blocker, Haplea was integral in helping the Seminoles rack up school records with 40 rushing touchdowns and 6,591 yards in total offense.
He also played a big role in the Seminoles special teams.
“He’s a tough guy and extremely hard worker," said Fisher. "[He] will get through this and come back stronger. He’s an older and experienced guy that will just have another year, which will be good for the younger guys and our program.”
Christo Kourtzidis will likely be the beneficiary of extra playing time as a result of Haplea's injury.
It has been a strange ride for the senior, he was at Penn State as recently as the Spring of 2012 but chose to transfer after the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky scandal sent the program into probation. He avoided sitting out a year per the NCAA's ruling on Penn State transfers, but this injury will effectively redshirt him as a standard transfer would have done last year, anyway.
While this won't affect the passing game much at all, it could have a sizeable impact on run blocking. Nick O'Leary excels more as a pass-catcher and the other tight ends on the roster are inexperienced.
Armed with a first-year starting quarterback, the Florida State rushing attack will be key next season.
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