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11/14/18 - Iowa junior tight end Noah Fant is one of the most talented players that Kirk Ferentz has ever coached in his 20 years. So why isn't Iowa (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) getting Fant the ball more? It is a perplexing question in an increasingly disappointing season in Iowa City. The issue came to a head last week in a 14-10 loss to Northwestern, Iowa's third straight defeat after a 6-1 start. Fant, the team leader with six touchdown catches, had just one catch for zero yards as the Hawkeyes let its final chance to remain alive in the Big Ten West race slip away. It was the fourth straight game without a TD grab by Fant. The Hawkeyes head to Illinois (4-6, 2-5) on Saturday looking to resurrect its season and Fant's role in their offense, especially considering he might leave for the NFL.
"We'll try to keep him involved and get him involved. But he's a good football player. We're going to be a better team if we can get him the ball," Ferentz said of Fant. Ferentz said Tuesday that the Hawkeyes have focused more on emerging sophomore T.J. Hockenson in recent weeks because of Hockenson's versatility, adding that they see Fant as more of a "specialist." Hockenson has been excellent, with 39 catches for 615 yards and five total TDs. But Fant's 18 career touchdown receptions are the best in school history for a tight end and the third-most in that category in Big Ten history. Fant is also considered a possible early-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, should he choose to leave school early. Iowa rarely has such talent at a skill position, which only makes it more confusing as to why the Hawkeyes haven't found more creative ways to throw the ball Fant's way. - AP College Football
10/09/18 - TE Noah Fant added to his Iowa record for career touchdowns by a tight end with his 17th last week against Minnesota. Fant's five-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter expanded Hawkeyes' lead to 14 points on the way to a 48-31 victory. Fant's TD receptions total is tied for fourth overall in program history. His five touchdowns this season rank fourth overall in Big Ten and tie him for the most among FBS tight ends with Jace Sternberger of Texas A&M.
12/15/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): TE Noah Fant, Iowa,...Fant, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, set the single-season record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with 10, tied for first in the Big Ten. Fant recorded a season high in receiving yards against Nebraska, tallying 116 and two touchdowns, including a career high 68-yard reception. Fant totaled 28 receptions and 486 receiving yards for the season. - Iowa Football