The next NFL tight end from the Hawkeyes is Fiedorowicz, a 6-foot-7 senior. And though Fiedorowicz probably won’t live up to the enormous hype that accompanied his arrival, he has emerged as a valuable safety valve for Rudock.
Fiedorowicz caught four passes against Ohio State, including a 2-yard TD reception. He’s now second on the Hawkeyes with 15 catches and first with three touchdowns grabs, all from inside the 11-yard line.
“He’s a big body. He can go up and get it,” Rudock said. “The speed helps too. C.J. can run.”
It’s a good thing Iowa is so stacked at tight end — a group that also includes junior Ray Hamilton and Kittle, a versatile redshirt freshman — because the Hawkeyes are rather thin at wideout.
Iowa has yet to develop a consistent threat beyond Kevonte Martin-Manley, who has 27 catches and a pair of touchdowns.
Damond Powell is capable of making a big play, but he’s only got eight catches in seven games. Tevaun Smith, Jacob Hillyer and Don Shumpert, the three receivers behind Martin-Manley on the depth chart, have combined for just 26 receptions.
But with three tight ends, Iowa has a chance to bolster its running game and get favorable matchups on slower linebackers and smaller defensive backs at the same time.
“We’re all excited,” Duzey said. “We can all play, so we love being out there together and it’s working good.”