PPR: Tight End

Signing day is now in the rear view mirror and the next big event for Florida State football fans is the Spring game. NoleDigest takes a look at the tight end personnel individually, as a unit, and a look to the future

SENIOR

Kevin Haplea

Haplea transferred to FSU from Penn State last summer and got plenty of run in his first year in the program. Haplea registered just three catches for 15 yards, but did make an impact as a blocker. We would look for more of the same in his final year of eligibility and he should be more familiar with the offense the second time around.

Draft Eligible Underclassmen

Nick O'Leary, Jr

O'Leary had 21 catches as a true sophomore which was nine more than he had as a freshmen. We would look for a similar jump this season. O'Leary has pressed to make plays in his opportunities and needs to let the game come to him. He has the potential to be the top TE in the ACC and we are cautiously optimistic that this year he establishes himself as that player. He could line up in the backfield some this year with the departure of Lonnie Pryor.

Young Talent

Christo Kourtzidis

Kourtzidis had just one catch (13 yards) in his freshmen season, but all reports indicate that he is ready to do more. Like O'Leary we feel that there is a decent chance that Kourtzidis could see some rep's at "FB" this Spring.

Jeremy Kerr

Kerr is an outstanding blocker and should be able to help early in his career if needed. Kerr is never going to be a major threat in the passing game, but there is a reasonable chance that he grows into an OT down the road which is a big need. It would not surprise us if he had a role in year one, although a red-shirt year might be best.

2013 Outlook

The personnel is similar to a year ago, but everyone is more experienced and there is just so much upside with O'Leary. Five receivers caught more balls than the COMBINED number of catches of the tight end's last year, we feel that could change this year. O'Leary is capable of filling that gap and filling up the stat sheet.

With four players the depth chart is right and there is a lot of versatility here. FSU may have their best group in over a decade.

We would love to see 40+ catches come from this position.

Recruiting Outlook

Haplea will graduate so we feel FSU will sign one TE this cycle. If the weight comes easy for Kerr, that number could climb to two depending on how Kourtzidis develops over the next six months.

There are numerous possibilities and it seems like a solid year across the country.


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