Who's Your Starter: H-Back/Tight End

QB: Austen Arnaud (So.)
RB: Alexander Robinson (So.)

In what might be one of the closer competitions in our little experiment here, we're going to look at the position of H-back. Aside from goal line schemes, Iowa State has not used a fullback in any sort of running role. While that may change with the addition of true freshman Jeremiah Schwartz, the base offense for ISU is expected to use a blocker in an H-back/Tight End role.

The returner at the position is junior Derrick Catlett. He'd be in strong shape to retain the starting role if it weren't for an injury he reportedly sustained in spring practice, leaving redshirt sophomore Collin Franklin to get most of the reps in spring practice.

Catlett: 21 catches, 112 yards, 2 TD, 5.3 ypc, 17 long

Catlett improved dramatically as he became more comfortable in the offense. Coming in as a pass catcher out of high school, his blocking improved out of the backfield as the year went on, as he was able to spring Alexander Robinson for quite a few big runs around the edge at the end of the year. Catlett also possesses solid hands and is an intelligent player.

Franklin, probably more of a true tight end with a 6-6 frame, spent last year bulking up and getting acclimated in the ISU offense. Aside from some of the redshirts on the offensive line, Franklin has been applauded by the coaches for his work ethic and improvement over the last year.

Both will see playing time this fall, there's no question about it. Can Catlett hold off the hardcharging Franklin in a battle for playing time?

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