Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz was named a top five tight end during Thursday’s College Football Live show on ESPN.
Danny Kannel, former Florida State QB and the show’s analyst Thursday, picked five TEs from a list of 10. Fiedorowicz, a 6-7, 265-pound senior, was picked fifth.
“The reason I say he’s a throwback is he’s the biggest of the bunch,” Kannell said. “He’s 6-7, 265. He’s probably the best blocker, but as we know in the college game right now, you don’t need a guy who can work that run game, you need a guy who can stretch the field.
“No less, Iowa has big plans for in store for C.J.”
Fiedorowicz finished last season with 45 receptions for 433 yards and a TD. As far as Iowa tight ends go, Marv Cook caught 63 in 1988 and 49 in 1987; Dallas Clark caught 43 in 2002; and Scott Chandler had 47 in ’05 and 46 in ’06.
Among tight ends in ’12, Fiedorowicz tied for ninth nationally in receptions. Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Stanford’s Zach Ertz led tight ends with 69 receptions.
Beyond 45 catches, Fiedorowicz’s numbers lacked explosion. He averaged just 9.6 yards per catch, behind 18 other TEs in the Big Ten (granted, some were far less productive). He caught just one TD pass, but Iowa only threw seven, so everything is relative in that regard.
The other TEs who made Kannell’s list were 4) USC’s Xavier Grimble, 3) North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, 2) Oregon’s Colt Lyerla and 1) Seferian-Jenkins.