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Notebook: Iowa says goodbye to 19 seniors

[ 0 ] November 23, 2012 |

Junior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz closed the season on a high note, catching 14 passes for 155 yards over the final two games.

But the junior shrugged off a question about his NFL future.

“I’m not going to answer that question,” Fiedorowicz said.

Some draft analysts had Fiedorowicz on their 2013 NFL Draft charts at various times this fall (mostly before the season started). The 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end has a big body ready for the pros, but not the credentials.

Fiedorowicz finished his junior season with 45 catches for 433 yards and one touchdown. That improved on a sophomore season in which he had 16 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns.

“That ball just happened to come my way more (the last two weeks),” Fiedorowicz said. “They had trust in me to make plays.”

Iowa says goodbye to 19 seniors. The Hawkeyes have had five juniors leave school early to opt for the NFL Draft — Dallas Clark (2003), Shonn Greene (2009), Bryan Bulaga (2010), Amari Spievey (2010), Tyler Sash (2011) and Riley Reiff (2012).

QB FOR 2013? As the book closes on 2013, it also closes on James Vandenberg, who has started every game at quarterback the past two seasons.

Iowa will start a different quarterback next fall. Either sophomore Jake Rudock, JUCO transfer Cody Sokol, or freshman C.J. Bethard.

“One thing for sure, whoever wins the job will be inexperienced,” Ferentz said. “We think we have three guys on campus that all have the potential to be good players. Now the competition begins. It’s already started, I mean, in some regards.

“James is out of the equation now. We’ll move forward. Really have until next August to figure this out. I think it’s a good group of guys. We’ll see how the race goes.”

Sokol and Bethard each redshirted this season. Rudock was listed as the back-up all season long. No back-up quarterback played a single snap in a game this season.

Ferentz downplayed the advantage of that Friday.

“I think that’s really overrated personally, if it’s ‘garbage time.’ Any experience is good. But today it was going to determine the fate of our season next year,” Ferentz said. “I don’t believe we probably would have taken those steps. I think there are a lot of things that are going to happen between now and then that will be more important.”

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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