The Florida State Seminoles got more bad tight end news when they learned on Tuesday night that sophomore Christo Kourtzidis requested a release from his scholarship. Although not confirmed yet, it appears as though head coach Jimbo Fisher will grant him his release immediately.
The Seminoles were already thin at tight end after senior Kevin Kaplea tore his ACL in June. Now, with Kourtzidis’ departure, the Noles only have two scholarship tight ends on the roster: Nick O’Leary and incoming freshman Jeremy Kerr.
Kourtzidis himself was a question mark for the start of the season. After playing through a labrum injury for part of the spring, he decided to have it surgically repaired in early in April. It was likely he was going to miss the start of the season, but be able to make it back for a majority of Florida State’s games in 2013. Now, the California native is headed elsewhere.
Kourtzidis was a four-star recruit when the Seminoles inked him coming out of Orange, California in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end had a strong relationship with tight ends coach James Coley, so perhaps his departure for the Miami Hurricanes set the stage for Kourtzidis to leave as well.
Either way, this news has to be shocking to a Seminoles offense that utilizes the tight end in a majority of their sets. There is a chance that someone will now change positions to provide some level of depth at tight end, but with only a few weeks to go until camp starts, the likelihood of them succeeding there is slim.
This is a tough blow to a Seminoles team with high expectations heading into 2013.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.