TALLAHASSEE -- As multiple-receiver, spread offenses are increasingly becoming the norm around college football, the tight end position has slowly disappeared from the game.

At Florida State, though, where the tight end actually is a vital component to coach Jimbo Fisher's complex, pro style system, they have vanished for far different reasons.

Injury, namely, has been the leading contributor to FSU being down to two scholarship players at the position entering preseason camp, which begins next week.

First, it was former Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea who tore his ACL. As a result of the tear earlier this summer, he's done for the year. He won't play this fall.

Then came news last week from Akis Kourtzidis, father of sophomore tight end Christo Kourtzidis. In an interview with Warchant.com, Akis said Christo will be transferring out to rejoin his family in Orange, Calif. A shoulder that was banged up in last year's Orange Bowl and operated on in the spring hasn't healed quite as quickly as Christo and the Seminoles would like. He probably wouldn't have been able to return to action until late in the season. Rather than chance the potentially slow return, Christo decided to return home, take the year off and transfer elsewhere.

He would be eligible to play in 2014 if he transfers to another FBS school.

So, where do the Seminoles go from here? How do they replace two pieces they were hoping to use as both blockers and receivers in their offense this year?

Fisher answered those questions Tuesday morning in a chat on ESPN.com. To see the full chat, visit ESPN.com.

"We'll have to make some adjustments," Fisher wrote, "but we had a plan coming in to have some guys have dual roles. That won't change, but it's an issue that has to be addressed."

Fisher was speaking on the chat as part of his "car wash" at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Along with the other 13 ACC coaches, Fisher this week participated in a round of interviews and chats with reporters and bloggers at ESPN. Part of those interviews included a 11:30 a.m. appearance on the "First Take" show that's broadcast daily on ESPN2, and a 1:20 p.m. appearance on ESPN's flagship "SportsCenter" show.

The comments Fisher made on his tight ends were his first since it was reported last week that Kourtzidis was leaving. (May thanks to Cash H. from North Carolina -- trust me, no relation to Coley H. in Tallahassee -- for asking that question)

On the "SportsCenter" segment with Samantha Steele Ponder (wife of former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder), Fisher expanded slightly on the "dual roles" comment. He said he and his staff will do some "double-teaching" at various positions, adding, "which we were always going to do."

Double-teaching, or training players at multiple positions, isn't uncommon. The Seminoles, like others, do that often during spring and preseason camp practice sessions. The main reason is to give players a more diverse skill set, and to get them ready for the unforeseen; as in the possibility of having to play a different position due to injury and the like.

So, how exactly will these "dual roles" and "double-teaching" impact the Seminoles? Who are some players who might see their responsibilities tweaked? Let's discuss below.

First, though, let's preface this all by saying the following is pure analysis and speculation. It does not come from Fisher himself. Hopefully we'll be able to get him to answer more specifics about these altered roles when camp begins in Tallahassee next week.

OK, let's start by looking at true freshman Jeremy Kerr. If there was a player in FSU's 2013 signing class who appeared most likely to have multiple roles at FSU, or at least shifting roles, it was Kerr.

Although signed as a tight end, he weighed more than 260 pounds as a high school senior and had the type of body frame that seemed as if it hold even more weight. The St. Petersburg native was in fact passed to in high school, blocking seemed to be the most specific path for his future in this offense.

With a general lack of depth on the offensive line, Kerr was pegged from teh outside as one player who could fill in and move to tackle if the Seminoles needed an extra lineman. Now, it should be noted that Fisher was asked in February about changing Kerr's role, but he never said he had plans to move him around.

Kerr certainly doesn't appear to be changing positions now, but he could end up being much more of a blocking tight end than a possession-style player like O'Leary. Whether FSU is looking to eventually turn him into an offensive lineman or not, the Seminoles are going to need Kerr to be a true blocker this season. If he's on the field at the same time as O'Leary, Kerr will slip into the same role Haplea did: providing additional cover for the quarterback. With just two tight ends on the two-deep, though, it doesn't look promising that multiple tight ends would be on the field at the same time.

One other reason why the multiple tight end set may not appear much, particularly at the start of the year? Because Kerr is, after all, a true freshman. His learning curve already will be steep enough this August. If he doesn't get a good grasp on his responsibilities simply because of his lacking college experience, he may have little opportunity to even see the field.