July 31, 2013
By Layne Herdt (@LayneHerdt), Seminoles.com,
Seminoles.com is back with our next installment of our 13 for '13 series as we dive into the often overlooked position of tight end and Nick O'Leary.
With the season ending injury to senior Kevin Haplea and the transfer of Christo Kourtzidis, Florida State is left with one tight end with game experience, Nick O'Leary. O'Leary will be called upon to take on a heavy load in 2013 because of the attrition. The junior finished his 2012 season with 21 catches and three touchdowns.
With a ton of experienced skill position players, what makes O'Leary unique is his versatility by being able to play with his hand on the ground, flex out as a wide receiver and line up in the backfield as an H-Back.
Perhaps his most important role in 2013 will be as a blocker considering the Noles will begin the season with an inexperienced quarterback under center. O'Leary's ability to both pass and run block can help ease the transition for the Seminoles new signal caller, not to mention the possibility of the junior becoming a security blanket in the passing game.
The main question will be who emerges as the second tight end behind O'Leary in passing situations and down on the goal line.
Make sure you check out Seminoles.com on Thursday as we continue our 13 for 13 series with a player with huge shoes to fill, Roberto Aguayo.