Last season, Iowa finished 120th nationally in offensive yards per play. Brian Ferentz, the son of head coach Kirk Ferentz, is the offensive coordinator.
“If you have two first-round tight ends, shoot, if you’re the offensive coordinator they want to fire you no matter what anyways,” Ferentz told the Banner-Herald. “If you don’t put your two best players on the field at the same time, they definitely want to fire you. Shoot, my mom could look out at our roster in 2018 and know that our two best players offensively were those two tight ends.”
“The real trick is not getting them on the field at the same time, that’s easy,” said Ferentz, who coached the tight ends from 2018-2021 and is entering his sixth season as Iowa’s OC. “There are a lot of offenses out there that live in a two-tight end set the majority of the time. It’s a little bit less common now. …The real trick becomes how do you ensure those guys are the ones getting the ball? That’s no easy feat.”
It’s hard to believe they weren’t more productive.