Iowa Football Tight End C.J. Fiedorowicz Is a Weapon Too Big to Remain Secret

Kevin KingSenior Analyst IIAugust 18, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterback James Vandenberg #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sooners defeated the Hawkeyes 31-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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He's 6'7", 267 pounds and entering his junior season. Iowa tight end C J Fiedorowicz is all football player. His big, soft hands can cradle a football and he is becoming a favorite target of senior quarterback James Vandenberg,

Fiedorowicz started five and played in 13 games as a sophomore last season. He had 16 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

In an interview by, Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said the following about his big tight end: "There are not a bunch of guys anywhere that are that size, that can run and catch and do all of those things. C.J.'s got a chance to be an outstanding player." 

Fiedorowicz played seven different positions at Johnsburgh, Illinois high school, including quarterback and wide receiver. He compiled over 3,000 yards in receptions in his four-year high school career. He also led the basketball team in scoring.

Of his 16 total receptions in 2011, 12 were caught for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the last four games. By this time in the year he had become a receiver Vandenberg could depend on, while also improving his blocking technique. 

If you are going to play tight end in the B1G, you must become a good blocker. To be a difference-maker in a run-first offense, you must become versatile—and make the big catches—when the opportunities come.

Last season, Fiedorowicz put it all together. As a result, he may play a big part in the Iowa pass game this year. 

Now Fiedorowicz has a chance to add his name to the list of premier tight ends that have come from Iowa. Names like Dallas Clark, Tony Moeaki, Scott Chandler, Brandon Myers and Marv Cook.

These are top-flight NFL tight ends that learned their craft as part of an Iowa team.

Fiedorowicz has said that the new coordinator's schemes have been easier to learn and remember. He also feels as long as he produces in camp, the passes will come his way in the games as well.

Vandenberg said he likes to throw to the big guy because even when he is covered, he's so big that he is still open.

Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship, at least through the 2012 season!