There is not nearly enough time to pull off an Adrian Peterson for Kevin Haplea. The Florida State tight end suffered a torn ACL during voluntary summer workouts and will be forced to sit out the entire 2013-14 season.
Warchant.com first reported the injury, which took place on Monday. The injury occurred when Haplea’s feet got entangled with those of another player. Coach Jimbo Fisher would later confirm that yes, in fact, the young man’s ACL had been torn.
“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 was one of several Penn State players to transfer from Happy Valley once the NCAA’s sanctions were levied against the Nittany Lions program. Because the school would not be eligible for a bowl game for four years, Haplea could play right away in Tallahassee, and he contributed with three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in his first year as a ‘Nole. He was expected to see plenty of time on the field, primarily as a blocking tight end.
Because he did not have to sit out a year with his transfer, Fisher points out that Haplea will be able to come back in 2014. As a redshirt this season, he will be a fifth-year senior and hopefully will be, as his coach pointed out, stronger — strong enough to lead what will hopefully be yet another title push.