IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is as deep at tight end as any other position on its roster.
The Hawkeyes exploited that advantage quite a bit against Ohio State – and wound up with one of their best passing efforts of the season.
Jake Rudock threw for 245 yards and a career-high three TDs, including one each to tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jake Duzey, in a 34-24 road loss to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.
The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) used a significant number of sets against Ohio State that featured three tight ends, and 11 of Rudock’s 19 completions went to Fiedorowicz, Duzey and George Kittle.
That’s a trend that could continue when Iowa hosts Northwestern (4-3, 0-3) on Saturday.
”We’ll keep it in our repertoire,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. ”It’s a group that we feel comfortable with. It’s no big secret. Certainly in the spring, we felt pretty good about our tight ends and they continue to work hard and improve. So, we’ll utilize that group if it fits.”
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