30 in 30: Iowa TE Noah Fant

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If there’s one thing Iowa has become known for — it’s producing tight ends. 

“The one thing I’m worried about is being the first tight end taken.  That’s a big accomplishment.”

And, it’s not by accident.

“They’re so good with tight ends because they develop them.  It’s not just a tight end where you just run routes or catch balls, you have to do both. You have to put your hand in the dirt or split out.  That’s where I pride myself on and where I fit into the offense. I was able to be in line, I was able to be flexed out.  I was able to be an isolated receiver.  Definitely, a versatile place and they definitely develop their guys.”

With his playmaking ability in the pass game and his blocking, Noah Fant could be the next great Hawkeye tight end to pick on defenders in the NFL.

“Put a corner out there, he might be too small.  Put a strong safety  he might be too slow. Put a linebacker, he might be too slow.  Get the right matchup and it might be pretty special.”

Special is just one of the few ways to describe Fant’s game. His 19 career touchdowns are the most in school history. He also helped pave the way for a Hawkeye offense that averaged nearly 150 rush yards per game.

“I’ve been bred to do this. My dad and my brother have coached me, so I could get this moment, succeed and flourish.  They’re texting me every day saying this is what you’re made for. Its’ a good feeling and I just want to make them proud.”

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