Posted: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
Hometown: Broadway, Va
High School: Broadway HS
Year: RS Junior
Caplinger played mostly QB in HS and finished his career as the team's 2nd all time leading passer. He was 4-time All-District and 2-time All-Region. He was also All-District and All-Region in basketball. He accepted a preferred walk-on spot for the Hoos. After a redshirt year, Caplinger saw action on special teams in his first game. That is the only action he's seen thus far, as he missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Caplinger is another guy who's a very good athlete, but just isn't quick enough or fast enough to play at this level. If Caplinger were bigger, he could've played TE or DE, and if he was quicker, he could've stuck at LB or even RB. But, unfortunately for him, he was none of those things.
Caplinger's athleticism and football IQ will make him asset on some special teams units, such as the FG team. Beyond that, he'll work with the scout team week in and week out. He's currently listed 4th on the depth chart at SLB, but he's behind another walk-on who is a year behind him. In other words, Caplinger isn't seeing the field anytime soon.
He was a very good HS football player. He just doesn't fit college football. And that's ok.