IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa true freshman tight end Noah Fant is likely see time this season, coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday on the Big Ten teleconference.
“We’re really strongly considering it,” Ferentz said. “He practiced well again this morning. Probably like most of our freshman, we may wait right up to game time or the next couple of weeks to make a decision. I think there’s a good chance he’ll be on the field for us this week and beyond.”
Fant, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound 3-star Rivals recruit, will help fill a void at tight end where attrition and graduation have left it depleted. Iowa lost seniors Henry Krieger Coble and Jake Duzey from last year’s squad, and junior Jon Wisnieski is out with an MCL sprain in his left knee.
That’s left walk-on junior Peter Pekar and redshirt freshmen Nate Wieting and Nate Vevjoda jockeying for time alongside senior George Kittle. Only Kittle (20 catches, 290 yards, six touchdowns) registered a statistic among that group last year.
“I think Noah Fant has got a lot of talent,” Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard said. “He’s still learning and he’s still trying to think and process stuff, but he’s got a lot of talent and he’ll be good some day, possibly help us this year.”
Another true freshman tight end, T.J. Hockenson (6-5, 230), also could see time this season.