Bibbs invited to Reese’s Senior Bowl


Then-senior tight end E.J. Bibbs gave Iowa State a 30-23 lead in the fourth quarter by completing a five-yard pass for a touchdown. Bibbs received for a total of 33 yards for the game. Iowa State’s homecoming game against Toledo on Oct. 11, 2014, ended in a victory for the Cyclones, 37-30.

Beau Berkley

The season is winding down for ISU football, and, with only two games left, some may be looking forward to Saturdays next fall. 

ISU tight end E.J. Bibbs, however, could be looking forward to Sundays. 

Bibbs has been invited to play in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl, an annual all-star game for some of the best senior college football players in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Bibbs is one of 24 ISU football players to be invited to the all-star game since 1955, including recent players like punter Kirby Van Der Kamp, cornerback Leonard Johnson and offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele. 

After early struggles, Bibbs has emerged as a standout weapon for quarterback Sam Richardson. Bibbs has 45 catches, 382 yards and eight touchdowns with two games remaining. 

“I think he’s really learned to accept that, ‘Hey, I’m going to get challenged, I’m going to get bracketed, I’m going to get doubled, and I have to deliver for our team,'” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. 

Bibbs is also working his way up to the top of several ISU records. Bibbs’ eight touchdowns this season is just one shy of tying the all-time record for touchdown receptions in a season, and his 45 catches this season is just nine short of tying the single season record for catches by a tight end. 

Bibbs has also caught a ball in 22 straight games, just one short of tying the the record of 23 that was set by Otto Stowe in 1968-70. Bibbs is a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s best tight end. 

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is Jan. 24, 2015 in Mobile, Ala. Iowa State still has two games remaining this season, and the last home game is at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at Jack Trice Stadium.