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Name: Sam LaPorta 
College: Iowa     Number: 84
Height: 6-4   Weight: 249
Position: TE  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2023

40 Low: 4.57
   40 Time: 4.67
  40 High: 4.75

> Projected Round: 2-3  Stock:    

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Weight: 249

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PMackey/PLombardi...2021: 3rdC...PMackey...2020: HMC...PMackey



 Sam LaPorta, Iowa, Player News

  08/12/22 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Sam LaPorta, Iowa, Sr TE,...LaPorta was voted second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and third-team by league coaches in 2021. As a junior, LaPorta led the Hawkeyes in catches and yards, hauling in 53 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawkeye tight end has been named to the Athlon Sports 2022 preseason All-Big Ten First Team, and third team on Phil Steele’s preseason All-America Team. He was also named to the 2022 John Mackey Award Watch List. - Iowa Football

(DS#2 TE) Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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  07/25/22 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: SAM LaPORTA, IOWA,....LaPorta (6-4, 249 pounds) was voted second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and third-team by league coaches in 2021. As a junior, LaPorta led the Hawkeyes in catches and yards, hauling in 53 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawkeye tight end has been named to the Athlon Sports 2022 preseason All-Big Ten First Team, and third team on Phil Steele's preseason All-America Team. - Iowa Football

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  07/01/22 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  A third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2021, Sam LaPorta outplayed his lack of accolades, especially late in the season. Over his final three games, LaPorta totaled 245 receiving yards. His 122 receiving yards against Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl are tied for the second-most in an Iowa bowl game. He scored on a 36-yard screen pass early in the fourth quarter. "Sam's a guy that runs great routes," Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras said. "He catches the football and he makes plays after he catches them. A great tight end like that is a quarterback's best friend. He's just a great player. It's just my job to get him the ball when he's open, and that's quite a bit." "He just has a knack for getting open," said Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, one of LaPorta's roommates and a second-team All-American. "He does a great job of just finding the soft spots in a zone, sitting down."

LaPorta, 21, considered leaving for the NFL after his third year - just like Hockenson and Fant - but instead wanted to round out his Iowa career with a great senior season and a college degree. LaPorta needs 23 catches and 532 receiving yards to become the program's all-time leader among tight ends in both categories. "He just loves it there," Staci LaPorta said. "He loves everything about Iowa football and didn't want to leave early and look back at it wishing that he would have gone back for that senior year. Just being with all of his teammates and his housemates and the coaches and to get his degree finished up. He weighed both options, but he felt really comfortable making the decision to get back for his senior year. "He's got some pretty big goals for himself." - The Athletic


(DS#2 TE) Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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  05/17/22 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  LaPorta's much-anticipated senior year will involve a new position coach. Abdul Hodge joined Iowa's staff in March as tight ends coach after offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz moved from tight ends to quarterbacks. LaPorta sees qualities in Hodge that "we can all strive to do a little bit more." "He's analyzing things all the time, picking my brain," LaPorta said. "I pick his brain as well. He's a guy that sets his ego aside. He never lets his pride get in the way. If he needs to ask a question … he's willing to do that."

Hodge, who played and coached at linebacker, has brought some of his defensive expertise to the offense. "As an older guy, I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of the offense and the scheme that we're trying to run," LaPorta said, "so getting input from him as to what the defense is trying to do to stop us I think has helped me understand our defense." At the same time, LaPorta has plenty of respect from Hodge. "The transition that I think he's going to take now is a transition to be also a great leader on our team," Hodge said in March. "He's got his head down. He's working on a consistent basis to get better. He's really conscious of little details." - The Gazette


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  07/16/21 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta has proven to be a reliable target over the past two seasons. After starting only two games in 2019, he emerged as a full-time starter last year. He led the team in catches (27) and was second in receiving yards yards (271). With 20 career games and seven starts under his belt, LaPorta is a veteran on offense. His experience will be counted on heavily this year with several young, inexperienced tight ends behind him on the depth chart. In year three of Brian Ferentz's offense, LaPorta is more comfortable than ever in his role. He believes he can make an impact regardless of the game situation. "I think I see myself as a really versatile guy," LaPorta said. "I've been telling people that I can have a great game whether I have no catches or 10 catches. "Running is a huge part of our offense; we like to pound the rock. I think I've progressed as a blocker and a pass-catcher. I've gotten a lot of reps in spring ball and seen a lot of game action, so that's helping me."

LaPorta's pass-catching abilities are not in question. The goal in 2021 is emerging as that all-around tight end that Iowa's grown accustomed to over head coach Kirk Ferentz's tenure. So far this offseason, LaPorta has stepped up as a leader and showcased the ability to impact the game in multiple ways. "He's definitely an all-around tight end," quarterback Spencer Petras said. "He knows how to block. He's extremely physical and really tough. I also think he's really good at running routes and, if he catches the ball, can make plays after the catch." - Iowa City Press-Citizen


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  04/23/21 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  It's hard to believe that Iowa's third-year tight end, the one who will likely have an NFL Draft decision to make eight or nine months from now, is experiencing his first spring football practices at the college level. Yet Sam LaPorta has taken full advantage of his developmental time at Iowa. That's been evident on the field, as he was the Hawkeyes' leader with 27 receptions in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. And it's apparent when the small-town, southern Illinois product speaks about his 22 months on campus in Iowa City.

"The developmental program that Iowa is, it's definitely a slow-build sort of process," LaPorta said Tuesday, in one of the more engaging Zoom sessions of the past year in Iowa football. "My freshman year I sort of look back now and (think), 'Oh my goodness, how could I have done those things?' Even with this past season, I look back and (realize) I've had that look three or four times now in spring ball. And I'm not messing that up anymore, the way that I messed that up in the season. "Getting that experience and getting the reps is what makes the difference in the fall." LaPorta sounds (and looks) mature enough to handle being one of the most important factors in the Hawkeyes' 2021 offense. With last year's No. 2 tight end, Shaun Beyer, off to the NFL (with the potential to get drafted), the Hawkeyes are inexperienced behind LaPorta, who at age 20 in this young group qualifies as a seasoned veteran. - Iowa City Press-Citizen


(DS#2 TE) Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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  12/15/20 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Sam LaPorta,...LaPorta, a Highland, Illinois, native, earns his first career postseason honor. LaPorta has a team-high 27 receptions and ranks second on the team with 271 receiving yards. He scored his first career touchdown in Week 7 at Illinois. - Iowa Football

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  07/23/20 - TE Sam LaPortaSr/2023, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  2020 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sam Laporta, Iowa,...LaPorta (6-foot-4, 250-pounds) saw action as a true freshman in 2019, recording 15 receptions for 188 yards. LaPorta started and recorded a career-best six receptions (44 yards) in Iowa's Holiday bowl victory over #22 USC. T.J. Hockenson won the 2018 John Mackey award, becoming the second Hawkeye (Dallas Clark, 2002) to do so. Noah Fant was a semifinalist in 2018, joining Allen Reisner (2010) and Tony Moeaki (2009) as semifinalists. - Iowa Football

(DS#2 TE) Sr/2023 TE Sam LaPortaIowa
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