Iowa State football: ESPN ranks E.J. Bibbs in Big 12 top 25 list


ESPN places Iowa State’s star tight end, E.J. Bibbs, 22nd on the Big 12 top 25 player list.

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Here’s what the Big 12 football blog had to say about ranking Bibbs where they did.

"Coach Paul Rhoads believes Bibbs can be an All-American tight end, and all the tools are there for the 6-foot-3, 261-pounder to be just that. There’s no better pass-catching tight end in the league, and with wideoutsQuenton Bundrage and Allen Lazard flanking him, Bibbs should have more chances this season for big pass plays down the seam."

Monday morning kicked off the rankings, and Bibbs joined Oklahoma State freakishly athletic newcomer Tyreek Hill (25th), Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters (24th), Texas Tech wide receiver Jakeem Grant (23rd), and West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley (21st).

Five players will be announced each day this week. Formerly, the blog did this by announcing each player separately in each post per day.

ESPN’s blog also prefaced the rankings by noting that TCU’s Devonte Fields and Oklahoma’s Dorial Green-Beckham were left off the rankings due to their legal troubles and getting an eligibility waiver, respectively.

Considering Bibbs is being hailed as Iowa State’s best player on the team, don’t expect any more players to be listed in the top 25. Hill did make the list by not even playing a game yet for the Cowboys, and wide receiver Allen Lazard has had lots of preseason talk, but the Cyclone wide receiver is a freshman and not as nationally known while Hill has been hailed by a number of sports outlets and he’s a junior college transfer.