Iowa position preview: Projecting playing time at tight end

Iowa football is back. The Hawkeyes are in camp, and the season quickly is approaching. Land of 10 is here to keep you informed and get you prepared for the season. In August, we are breaking down position groups. Here is a look at the tight ends.  

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Land of 10 is projecting what the Iowa depth chart could look like for the season opener against Wyoming on Sept. 2 and on how the Hawkeyes will use and employ their players at each position.

Tight end depth chart

Tight end No. 1

1 – Noah Fant, sophomore

2 – Nate Wieting, sophomore

Tight end No. 2

1 – T.J. Hockenson, redshirt freshman

2 – Peter Pekar, senior

The king — Noah Fant

2017 fifth-round NFL draft pick George Kittle left the crown behind in Iowa City before moving on to San Francisco. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Fant is the most likely to inherit Iowa’s No. 1 tight end position. He is a natural receiver. How much he improves his run blocking will dictate how much playing time he gets this season.

The wild card — Drew Cook

Cook, a sophomore, switched from quarterback in spring practice. The 6-5, 235-pound Cook certainly looks the part. The bloodline is strong too. His father is former NFL tight end Marv Cook.

If Cook is a quick study he could push for playing time at a deep position.

The newcomer — Jacob Coons

Jacob Coons is a promising prospect. The 6-3, 220-pound freshman from Solon, Iowa, is the type of athlete the Hawkeyes want at the position. He is likely to redshirt this season and Iowa will be fine letting him use this as a developmental season.

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