A Closer Look at Iowa's Tight Ends

Published: August 23 2013 | 1:57 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 7:27 pm in

THE DEPTH CHART

PRIMARY TIGHT END

1. (A). C.J. Fiedorowicz, sr,, 6-7, 265; 1 (B). Ray Hamilton, jr., 6-5, 252 or Jake Duzey, so., 6-4, 257

SECONDARY TIGHT END

Henry Krieger-Coble, so., 6-4, 245 or George Kittle, r-fr., 6-4, 225

OTHERS

Ike Boettger, fr., 6-6, 235; Jon Wisnieki, fr., 6-5, 220; Peter Pekar, fr., 6-4, 210

THE GUY

C.J. Fiedorowicz became the player his coaches, teammates and fans expected last year. He hauled in 45 passes for 433 yards and a score. At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Fiedorowicz automatically is in the discussion for NFL squads seeking a tight end next year. But he could elevate his stock with an even better year this year, especially with improvement as a blocker.

"If he has a great year, probably in the late second round, maybe the third," said Dan Shonka, national scout and general manager for Ourlads Scouting Services. "I'd be surprised if he goes in the fourth.

"Hes got big long arms and Im sure (offensive line coach) Brian Ferentz is working on his blocking. Hes got the frame and the athletic ability to post up in the end zone like a forward. I think he could be on of the top three tight ends selected."

THE NO. 2

Three players have positioned themselves into a playing role as a secondary tight end behind Fiedorowicz and Ray Hamilton. Sophomores Jake Duzey and Henry Krieger-Coble combined for seven catches last year, and Krieger-Coble caught a touchdown against Michigan. Red-shirt freshman George Kittle -- son of former Iowa player Bruce Kittle -- is likely to see action as well. All three will figure prominently on special teams.

"C.J. is a big, physical guy obviously, a 270-pound guy, and Ray Hamilton is probably more of that mold, whereas Jake Duzey and (George Kittle), they're more of receiver type guys if you will," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Henry has got a little bit of a different mold, different operation."

THE NOOBIES

Iowa snagged two of the better tight end prospects from the state in Cedar Falls' Ike Boettger and West Des Moines Dowling's Jon Wisnieski. Wisnieski caght 24 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns last year for the Maroons and had four other scores as a junior. He was a first-team all-state pick. Boettger came to Iowa as an athlete after playing receiver, tight end, quarterback and defensive back at Cedar Falls. He had 33 catches for 452 yards last year, but he also had five sacks and two fumble recoveries. There was some question as to what position Boettger would play at Iowa, but for this season, he's a tight end.

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