Within weeks of Greg Dent all but removing himself from the team, another of FSU's receiver corps is slated to miss the 2013 football season:
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that senior TE Kevin Haplea will miss the 2013 season with a knee injury. http://t.co/pXMoI4Q6i6— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) June 21, 2013
Kevin Haplea - a 6'4 250 lbs. TE transfer from Penn State - tore his ACL in 7-on-7 practice Monday, per Warchant. A silver lining for Haplea and FSU is that he would have been a true senior this Fall, meaning he is eligible to utilize his redshirt this year and play next.
Haplea saw action in 13 games last year. Though only catching 3 passes for 15 yards & 2 TDs, he was the normal blocking tight end in 2-tight sets.
Entering Spring practice, Haplea was one of three scholarship tight ends along with Nick O'Leary & Christo Kourtzidis. The 2013 recruiting class ushers in Jeremy Kerr, who many have projected to the offensive tackle position. While likely not game-speed ready on the line, he could likely see special team snaps this season.
While not devastating to FSU's offense, the loss puts the Noles with only one scholarship tight end with significant game experience.
With a big, bruising offensive line that produced the 13th ranked offensive line rush unit (h/t Bill Connelly & jmnpb) and a green yet über-talented QB in Jameis Winston, FSU's expected lean towards more two-tight sets may be more as a change-up now rather than the express.
"He was having a great spring," head coach Jimbo Fisher said, "and was going to be a big part of our offense this season."
Wish @KHaplea33 a speedy recovery.