The major majority of college football fans know about LSU’s top two wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. However, few people know who Iowa’s top receivers are. This is most like due to the fact the Iowa doesn’t really have top wide receivers. They instead spread the ball out to several different players. In fact, the Hawkeyes have seven players with at least 168 yards receiving compared to just three for LSU.
Damond Powell is Iowa’s big play threat. He is only seventh on the team in receptions but is third in receiving yards due to his team leading 24.3 yards per catch. A third of his receptions have been for at least 38 yards and against Minnesota he had a 74 yard touchdown grab. Iowa may try to get him involved against an LSU team that has given up several big plays this year.
Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz is Iowa’s go-to man in the end zone. Fiedorowicz is second on the team in receptions but averages less than ten yards a catch. He is a vital part of the Hawkeyes’ red zone offense. Fiedorowicz is massive standing 6’7 and weighing 265 pounds. His large size has helped him to lead Iowa with six touchdown catches on the year, a third of the team’s total.
If Iowa has a go-to receiver it is Kevonte Martin-Manley. Martin-Manley has 13 more receptions and 74 more receiving yards than any other Iowa player. Significant numbers considering he has 39 receptions and 384 receiving yards this season. He is also second on the team with four touchdown receptions.
It will be interesting to see Iowa’s balanced passing attack against LSU’s find Beckham and Landry tactic. However, with Zach Mettenberger being hurt, replacement quarterback Anthony Jennings may distribute his passes more equally. Iowa will most likely stick to primarily running the ball against the Tigers.