Sam LaPorta, Iowa’s star tight end, will play in the upcoming game against Kentucky in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl on Dec. 31.

The Iowa Hawkeye’s offense struggled this season scoring just 17.9 points per game but despite that LaPorta was able to get a good level of production this year. According to PFF in 2021, he led the B1G with 53 receptions for 670 yards and had an impressive 206 yards after contact.

LaPorta got injured this year against Minnesota and suffered a torn meniscus which required arthroscopic surgery. He stated that “I gave this program a lot and it’s given me more than I’ve ever dreamed of” when announcing that he would play in the bowl game despite the injury.

He is an extremely athletic and during his high school career played wide receiver despite being roughly 220 pounds. He’s a critical piece to the Hawkeye’s offense and will be a major factor if Iowa is to win against the Wildcats.

LaPorta had 53 receptions for 601 yards and one touchdown this season.