Ferentz talks about trying to replace Hockenson & Fant next season

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IOWA CITY, Iowa. (KCRG) - Every college football team is in the same situation in the offseason trying to find replacements for key players from season before. Among many positions, the most glaring hole for the Hawkeyes is at the tight end position as they lose TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant to the NFL Draft. Both Hockenson and Fant accounted for nearly half of all receiving touchdowns last season.

“Big losses, certainly Nick Easley too there’s a guy who did so may good things for us, so we really felt like we had 3 receivers last year that were moving in the right direction and playing well." Head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Nate Wieting has had a nice out of season and Shaun Beyer as well so hopefully we get those guys up and running”

Kennedy grad Shaun Beyer is entering his junior season but is also recovering from a non-contact injury that sidelined him at the end of the season

“He was coming on before he got injured and was showing growth and improvement, obviously not getting a lot of opportunity with the other 2 guys in there." Ferentz said. "He’s at a point in his career where it's his chance his opportunity and there will be plenty of snaps for both he and Nate. To think they are going to be first round draft picks like that, never happened right? Guys don't have to be first rounders they just have to be really good college players and thats kind of the goal."