Coming into the season, Iowa football fans wanted the Hawkeye coaching staff – and more particularly Greg Davis – to get the tight ends more involved.
The Hawkeyes came into the season with four talented tight ends on the roster and playing them on the field two at a time would and could create matchup problems.
Even though Iowa fans are still hoping for the TEs to be more involved, that didn’t stop senior C.J. Fiedorowicz to be named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. The announcement was made by the Mackey Award last Tuesday.
Fiedorowicz has 11 receptions, 98 yards and two scores through six games this season. He has had at least one reception in 24 straight games, a streak that ranks second best in the nation among FBS tight ends. The Illinois native also had 45 catches, 433 yards and one TD last year as a junior.
Iowa’s top tight end target was an honorable mention all-Big Ten member last year. He has 72 career receptions for 698 yards and four TDs.
Semifinal candidates for the Mackey Award will be announced Nov. 18 and the finalist list will be announced Nov. 25. The John Mackey Award has been given annually to the most outstanding tight end in college football since 2000. The award boasts 12 NFL alumni as past recipients, including former Hawkeye Dallas Clark, who received the award in 2002.
The Hawkeyes play host to Northwestern Saturday, Oct. 26 (11 a.m., BTN).