Kirk Ferentz and Ken O'Keefe lean towards being conservative when it comes to handing out extensive information on players competing for positions. They prefer to let those battles play out behind the walls of closed practice.
So when the Iowa coaching duo opens up in that area, it's wise to absorb the insight if you're wondering whom you'll be seeing on the field. They're on record as saying tight end is a position where a true freshman could crack the depth chart this fall.
Hello, C.J. Fiedorowicz.
"They said that I would have a chance way back when I de-committed from Illinois and committed to Iowa," the 6-foot-7, 240-pound man-child said Thursday. "If I play, I'm hoping to get about 30 catches and help the team any way I can."
Fiedorowicz oozes with confidence to match his high-level ability. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 2 tight end in the 2010 Class.
The Johnsburg, Ill. product verbally committed to the Illini last summer before signing with Iowa in February. The U.S. Army All-American turned down scholarship offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Wisconsin and Arizona, among others.
The gifted Fiedorowicz played wide receiver in high school, leading some analysts to question his ability to block at the next level. When I watched him at the Army Bowl in San Antonio in February, he blocked well.
"People say that because I've never really done it," Fiedorowicz said. "But that doesn't mean I can't. I know that I can. I had a couple of nice blocks in the Army game.
"It's more technique. That's what the (Iowa) coaches have told me. Tony Moeaki wasn't the biggest guy in the world and he blocked very well."
Since completing a basketball season that saw his team post a 27-3 record and reach the sectional championship, Fiedorowicz has worked on getting ready to compete as a true freshman. The Iowa coaches gave him a workout routine.
"I've been training three to four times a week and lifting three to four times a week," he said. "I'm with a trainer for speed and agility drills. Then we to bench, squat, pure clean and all the lifts. I‘m definitely not sitting around waiting for college to start."
Fiedorowicz will bring his workout routine to Iowa City on June 6 so he can take every advantage to prepare himself for early playing time.
"I want to be able to get the extra work in and work towards playing," he said.
With a little over a month left before coming to Iowa, Fiedorowicz is getting closer to his dream of playing college football.
"I know it's going to come quick," he said. "I'm certainly looking forward to it. Every time I go there I have fun. All the guys are amazing and it's fun to think it's almost here."