Iowa Hawkeyes Snapshot Profile: No. 84 Sam LaPorta

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The Hawkeyes were very fortunate that tight end Sam LaPorta decided to finish out his career at Iowa with the NFL calling. With a couple of moving parts at key positions on offense, including new Baltimore Raven center Tyler Linderbaum and new Green Bay Packers running back Tyler Goodson, Iowa was able to retain its top receiving threat heading into the 2022 season.

In his junior season, LaPorta made the leap to featured star for the offense. He led the way for the Hawkeyes in the receiving department, hauling in a team-high 53 catches for 670 receiving yards and three touchdown grabs. The 6-foot-4, 249 pound tight end’s totals nearly doubled Iowa’s second-leading receiver Keagan Johnson’s 352 receiving yards.

The former three-star recruit out of Highland, Ill., has also improved his blocking with every season. LaPorta will be expected to help provide stability to a passing offense still in search of it.

Preseason Player Profile

Hometown: Highland, Ill.

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 249

Class in 2022: Senior

247Sports composite ranking

2019 three-star / No. 55 tight end / No. 24 player in Illinois

Career Stats

Receiving

Rushing

Scrimmage

Iowa

Big Ten

FR

TE

6

15

188

12.5

0

0

0

0

15

188

12.5

0

Iowa

Big Ten

SO

TE

8

27

271

10.0

1

0

0

0

27

271

10.0

1

Iowa

Big Ten

JR

TE

14

53

670

12.6

3

0

0

0

53

670

12.6

3

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2022.

Depth Chart Overview

Unsurprisingly, LaPorta sits atop the tight end slot on the Hawkeyes’ depth chart. With the season he had in 2021 and the three years of experience under his belt, there was no way LaPorta wasn’t going to be the starter this season. In Iowa’s tight end heavy system, expect Laporta to once again be a leader of the offense and the go-to guy for whoever is under center in 2022.

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