Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end E.J. Bibbs (11) catches the ball across the middle during the second quarter of the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State football: E.J. Bibbs recognized as top tight end

E.J. Bibbs could very well be the top athlete on the Iowa State football team heading into the season, and others are taking notice.

Scott Haynes of The Sports Network gave his list of top tight ends in the nation to watch, and Bibbs was selected in a group of ten players.

An All-Big 12 second-team selection in 2013, the 6-3, 261-pounder made an immediate impact with the Cyclones in his first season with the team. A junior college All-American in 2012, Bibbs’ transition into the FBS ranks was smooth. He finished his junior campaign with 39 receptions for 462 yards and two TDs en route to All-Big 12 second-team honors. A gifted and natural athlete with reliable hands and great route running skills, Bibbs could become a matchup nightmare in 2014.

Some other players in the top ten list include Florida State’s Nick O’Leary, Michigan’s Devin Funchess, and Ohio State’s Jeff Heuerman. According to Haynes, the Big Ten looks to a have a solid class of tight ends to lead the way.

But Bibbs looks to be the spotlight tight end in the Big 12, and he will be a matchup problem as he’ll likely spend some of his time lining up as a wide out. As long as there’s a quarterback that can gain some consistency in passing, Bibbs could have a stellar season in the yardage department.

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