Florida State suffered another damaging blow on Thursday. Senior tight end Kevin Haplea will miss the entire 2013 season due to an injury he suffered during workouts earlier this week.
According to head coach Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles learned Thursday morning that Haplea had a torn ACL in his right knee. As of now, the plan is to petition for a medical redshirt and return in 2014.
"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," Fisher said.
This is the second devastating loss for the Seminoles offense, over a rather short period of time, as we learned last week that senior wide receiver Greg Dent is facing a serious legal matter that could potentially keep him from stepping on the field this season.
Haplea was expected to be a big contributor to the offense this fall as the Seminoles featured a lot of two tight end sets throughout the spring. His blocking ability was a key component of the rushing attack, and the Noles' will now likely turn to Christo Kourtzidis to fill the void.
It's unfortunate for Kevin. He had a great spring and was going to be a big part of our offense this season."
In his first season at FSU, after transferring from Penn State amid the sex abuse scandal and coaching changes, Haplea appeared in thirteen games, caught three passes for 15 yards and one touchdown.
"He's a tough guy and extremely hard worker, who will get through this and come back stronger. 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."