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Iowa's Noah Fant is the only tight end on national-award watch list

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

Watch lists are pretty much "meh" news in the buildup to the college football season.

But this one's worth noting: Iowa junior Noah Fant was the only tight end to be named to the 50-player watch list for the Walter Camp Award — presented annually to college football's top player.

Noah Fant scored his 11th touchdown of the 2017 in Iowa's 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win against Boston College.

It's also worth noting: No tight end has ever won the Walter Camp Award. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was last year's recipient.

Fant has been decorated with all kinds of offseason love. The 6-foot-5, 241-pound native of Omaha has been named a first-team preseason all-American by several outlets. At the recent Big Ten Conference media days, he was voted one of five players to watch in the West Division.

Last season, Fant led the Big Ten with 11 touchdown receptions, and his 16.5 yards per catch led all FBS tight ends. He is also being discussed as a possible first-round NFL Draft pick.

Thankfully, the watch-list headlines are almost over. Real football begins soon. The Hawkeyes' first practice of fall camp is Aug. 3, and the season opener is Sept. 1 vs. Northern Illinois.

Hurry up, football.