So no clear-cut passer of the football yet for Iowa. How about the clear-cut top pass catchers? Some would say that would be Kevonte Martin-Manley, the returning sophomore who had a breakout freshman season at wide receiver for the Hawkeyes.
Then there’s Mount Pleasant speedster Jordan Cotton. The senior is already on several preseason watch lists, including preseason first-team All-Big Ten, for his kick returning abilities, but is listed along with another sophomore, Jacob Hillyer, as the potential second wide receiver on the depth chart.
But neither of those two names who Ferentz mentioned as a player that appeared to be the one to step into that as the next two threats in the passing attack for the Hawks.
“Martin-Manley is our most experienced guy certainly outside and then Tevaun Smith moves up at the other position,” Ferentz said. “C.J. Fiedorowicz is part of the passing attack, too.”
Ah, yes. Fiedorowicz. The 6-7, 265-pound senior appears to be ready to continue the legacy of great tight end play at Iowa as the latest Hawkeye to earn a spot on the John Mackey Award Watch List.
After that, however, the position is a very open one for anyone else who wants to get on the field. Krieger-Coble caught a touchdown pass in a road loss at Michigan last year, one of the few Iowa passing scores throughout last fall, but is currently battling fellow sophomore Jake Duzey for the third tight end spot on the depth chart with junior Ray Hamilton listed ahead of both.
“I think right now we probably have five guys we’d be comfortable putting in a football game, and I can’t say that about any other position,” Ferentz said. “Certainly you never have a five deep, and it’s a little bit of a different position, but it’s almost like a two-and-a-half deep if you think about two of them on the field at once. We anticipated that. We saw that coming last year and felt pretty good about the way the group was developing.”