Opposing Player to Watch: E.J. Bibbs

Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs will be a tough matchup for the Red Raiders 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Ames, IA.

If nothing else, having practiced the last couple of years against Jace Amaro--the best collegiate tight end in America--should prepare the Texas Tech defense for what Iowa State has to offer.

With Amaro snagging lobs for the New York Jets, Cyclone E.J. Bibbs now assumes the mantle of best tight end in the Big 12. He has been thus voted by the Big 12 coaches and a raft of college football publications. Additionally, Bibbs was recently named a semifinalist for the Mackey Award (best collegiate tight end) watch list. Clearly, E. J. Bibbs has made a name for himself despite toiling in the obscure bulrushes of central Iowa.

Naturally, Bibbs put up pretty good numbers last season. In 2013 the Chicagoan caught 39 passes for 462 yards and two touchdowns. The reception total was tied for 13th best among collegiate tight ends and was the second best reception total for a tight end in Iowa State history.

This season Bibbs has hauled in 40 passes for 339 yards and seven touchdowns for the 2-7 Cyclones. Despite Iowa State’s rough year, the senior has thrived to become one of the top receivers-regardless of position- in the Big 12.

At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds Bibbs is a matchup problem for Texas Tech whether they use linebackers such as Austin Stewart (6-0, 223) or one of the young safeties such as Keenon Ward (5-9, 195) or Derrick Dixon (5-9, 185), they will be giving up a lot of size.

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