This is the last thing Florida State fans want to hear.
Warchant.com reported Thursday that Seminoles tight end Kevin Haplea suffered a torn ACL during voluntary summer workouts — Monday evening, specifically — and was expected to miss the 2013 season. The injury occurred when Haplea’s feet got tangled up with another player.
That report later became an unfortunate reality when coach Jimbo Fisher later confirmed Haplea’s injury. “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.
“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.”
Haplea played in 13 games last season and had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown. He was projected to contribute as a blocking tight end this fall. Since Haplea did not have to use a redshirt season when he transferred from Penn State in 2012, he still has one available and should return in 2014 as a fifth-year senior.