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Has Iowa found its No. 2 receiver in Tevaun Smith?

[ 0 ] October 29, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Sophomore Tevaun Smith wasn’t the first option on Iowa’s opening snap of overtime last week against Northwestern.

But option No. 1, a pass to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, was covered. Quarterback Jake Rudock quickly looked to the second option.

Smith, who had run a hitch pattern, made the catch and got upfield for a 14-yard gain.The Hawkeyes scored the winning touchdown three plays later.

Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith motions a first down after completing a pass against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith motions a first down after completing a pass against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

“That was a nice job on Jake’s part,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Then Tevaun made a play after the catch. That’s a big part of the passing game, if you can get yards after you catch the ball, which we have not done a great job of. But that was good to see. He’s climbing. He’s coming on.”

Smith finished the game with three catches for 41 yards. All went for first downs.

“It was great to have an opportunity to be part of a game like that, especially in overtime,” Smith said.

Smith has developed into the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Kevonte Martin-Manley. Smith has 12 catches for 120 yards this season. He had three catches as a true freshman in 2012.

“That’s definitely a sign of progress,” Smith said. “I’ve been working hard in practice.”

Smith wears No. 4, just like Wisconsin standout wide receiver Jared Abbrederis does.

“(Abbrederis) is just a fantastic football player,” Ferentz said. “He’s been that way for a couple of years. You name it, receiving, blocking — this guy is a football player.”

Smith has watched Abbrederis, too, trying to pick up a tip or two along the way.

“If our No. 4 can become like their No. 4, that would be a good thing,” Ferentz said. “I’d really like to see that happen. Tevaun is improving. That’s possible.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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