Charlie Kolar

TE, Iowa State

  • Conf Big 12
  • Jersey #88
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'6"
  • DOB 02/10/1999
  • WT 255 lbs



    *Center of state championship-winning basketball team in high school

    *Mother, Maria, played volleyball at Notre Dame, and is now a professor at the Oklahoma City Univ. School of Law

    *Dad, Randy, is the director of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at Oklahoma

    *Graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering (3.99 GPA) – Made an A- in a biology class that he didn’t need for his degree


    2021 projected role: Starting Y-tight end

    Pros: Kolar is a gangly mover who has a linear frame from top to bottom. He does not possess much tone/muscle mass on his body, but he plays much stronger than his frame indicates as a receiving threat. Utilized from nearly every platform in formations, he’s developed experience from the in-line, hip, and flexed-out positions. His hands are as strong as they come and he is always adamant about using his hands to extend and trap the ball out of the air. A terrific traffic catcher, his best plays have come in the red zone and plus areas of the field. In those regions, Kolar creates severe mismatches due to his catch radius, frame, and comfort in traffic. Many of his career touchdowns have come in these areas and it’s an area that the Cyclone offense now targets him because of the benefits consistently shown throughout his career. Overall, he’s an average blocker who isn’t afraid to stick his face in the trenches and do the dirty work even though his play strength to engage and stick in the running game must improve. Most common routes ran: Opposite hash overs, shallow crossers, red zone seam, and quick slants from the slot when flexed out. He has 14 touchdown receptions over the past two seasons—all of them have come in the red zone (five inside of the 10-yard line). 

    Cons: A lack of speed/twitch shows up when forced to defeat man-to-man coverage, which will always be a challenge for him to win cleanly. Knowing this, he’s developed a supreme understanding of how to use his frame to win contested catches. Being the aggressor at the catch point is a winning attribute that he’s hung his hat on. He’s a catch-tackle type of receiving option where he won’t consistently give you much after the catch, but he absorbs contact well prior to that point. As a route-runner, he struggles to avoid collisions in routes and as a result, he’s inconsistent with staying on route paths afterward.