Honestly, who even needs wide receivers?
Sure, other teams might employ wideouts to “catch the ball” and “make big plays,” but are they really that necessary? Iowa just may put that to the test this year.
In all seriousness, the job of an offensive coordinator is to figure out how to get the most out of the offense with the current personnel. It is up to Brian Ferentz to figure out how to get the best players on the field. There’s been a running joke about Iowa wanting to employ nothing but tight ends, but when you look at the state of the tight end room, could you blame them?
Much has already been made of starters Luke Lachey and Erick All, but keep your eye on rising sophomore Addison Ostrenga. There has been a lot of buzz around him this offseason, and he was one of the stars in the spring game. He brings a level of athleticism reminiscent of Sam LaPorta with route running ability to boot.
He’s exactly the type of tight end you’d expect to see waiting in the wings at Iowa, though Ostrenga may do more than just wait. Though behind some incredible players, if the sophomore tight end keeps impressing, it may be hard to keep him off the field for long. Here’s a look at Iowa tight end Addison Ostrenga.
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Addison Ostrenga's Preseason Player Profile
Hometown: Sun Prairie, Wis.
Class in 2022: Soph.
Earned first-team all-state, all-area and all-conference honors as a senior
Honorable mention all-state as a junior, while earning first-team all-area and all-conference honors
Three-year football letterman while playing tight end, wide receiver and outside linebacker
Depth Chart Overview
Ostrenga is currently third on the depth chart behind two starting-caliber tight ends in Luke Lachey and Erick All. Prior to All’s transfer, Ostrenga looked to have a sizable role in the Iowa offense. If he keeps proving himself throughout the offseason, Ostrenga’s talent might just be too much to keep him off the field.
“I have seen him grow a lot,” Lachey said of Ostrenga on April 6. “He seems like he brings in every catch that is thrown to him. He’s been really good at blocking and learning the offense. I feel like I can go and ask him a lot of questions. If you know, there are many new plays, he might know them better than me. So we ask each other questions, and he’s been doing really well.”
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