Iowa TEs fall nicely into 'in-line' or 'move' categories
Still, there will be mixing and matching
IN-LINE AND MOVE TIGHT ENDS
These terms have come into heavy use in the last five or so years. Basically, an "in-line" tight end is exactly that, a tight end who goes into a three-point stance on the line of scrimmage, blocks a defensive end and battles into traffic for receptions. A "move" tight end isn't asked to block a lot on the line of scrimmage, but he could be asked to line up in the slot or as an H back.
In recent Iowa TE lore, Dallas Clark, Tony Moeaki and Brandon Myers probably would be considered "move" TEs. Scott Chandler would be considered "in-line."
The current roster breaks down nicely in this regard:
C.J. Fiedorowicz -- He's 6-7, 265 pounds, that screams "in-line," but what makes Fiedorowicz such an interesting athlete is he also can beat linebackers down the seam (check Iowa's second scrimmage).
Ray Hamilton -- The Strongsville, Ohio., native is 6-5, 248. He'll likely be the No. 2 TE in two TE sets.
Zach Derby -- The 6-3, 240-pounder did both last season, but this August, he's seen time in the "move" spot, sometimes as an H back (lining up in the backfield).
Jake Duzey -- The 6-4, 235-pounder probably won't be asked to go in-line, but seems to be in the plans. “He runs well, catches the ball well and creates mismatches,” OC Greg Davis said. “He’s a ‘B’ position guy. He has to be able to be a back, tight end and wide receiver. Jake can do those things.”
Here's QB James Vandenberg on his four tight ends: "C.J. and Ray are huge guys who can get in there and block and who can release on big D-ends. Guys like Derby and Duzey are more route runners. I think there's a little separation in those positions, but when we get in two tights, we put them both on the line of scrimmage and we expect them to do the same thing. In some situations, I would say they are a little different, but in most situations, they are fairly similar."
This isn't a new concept for Iowa's offense. Tight ends have lined up as H backs and have led plays out of the backfield in an almost fullback manner.
This wasn't Dallas Clark's favorite thing.
In early 2002, the year Clark won the Mackey Award as the nation's top TE, the Iowa staff wanted to show versatility out of a two-TE set.
Clark ended up as a lead blocker early in the season.
"Last year, we just had a few plays here and there (with double tight end)," Clark said. "Defenses will pick up on that pretty fast. This year, we've become more versatile, probably out of necessity.
"I'm glad I only have to do that a few times a game, though. That's about all I can take."