Florida State tight end lost for the season
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s been a bit of roller coaster offseason for Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.
This week, Fisher got some news that no coach wants to hear.
Senior tight end Kevin Haplea was injured Monday evening during voluntary workouts when his feet became tangled with another player. An MRI revealed that Haplea suffered a torn ACL and he is expected to miss the 2013 season.
“It’s unfortunate for Kevin,” Fisher said. “He had a great spring and was going to be a big part of our offense this season.”
If there’s any bright spot, Haplea has not used his redshirt and will be able to return as a fifth-year senior in 2014.
“He’s a tough guy and extremely hard worker who will get through this and come back stronger,” Fisher said. “He’s an older and experienced guy that we’ll just have another year, which will be good for the younger guys and our program.”
Haplea (6-4, 247) is No. 2 on the depth chart behind junior Nick O’Leary, but is considered the Noles’ best blocking tight end.
After transferring from Penn State prior to the 2012 season, Haplea played in 13 games last year. He had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown
Sophomore Christo Kourtzidis (6-4, 246) will likely slide into Haplea’s role. Also a big, physical presence, Kourtzidis is solid in the passing game as well.
Kourtzidis played in eight games both on offense and special teams as a true freshman last season and earned a start against Savannah State. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in April but is expected to fully healed by the start of fall camp in August.
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