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Fourtenbary fills UNI’s vacancy

PHOTO BY WESTERN KENTUCKY ATHLETICS - Western Kentucky tight end Kyle Fourtenbary (42) is tackled by a pair of FIU defenders during their game Sept. 7, 2019, at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami.

CEDAR FALLS — More than a month after losing one tight end to transfer, the Northern Iowa football team gained another.

Western Kentucky graduate Kyle Fourtenbary has been added to the Panthers’ recruiting class of 2020, bringing with him a three-year career that includes 53 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns.

Fourtenbary will help UNI replace departed transfer Briley Moore, a redshirt senior who announced in early April that he was leaving Panther Nation behind. Two weeks later he landed in Manhattan, Kan., with a spot on the Kansas State football squad.

Fourtenbary was named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, but was limited because of injury and a new offensive system. He played in all 12 games for the Hilltoppers but had just nine receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown.

His banner year so far was his sophomore campaign in which he had 36 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Fourtenbary’s tight ends coach at the time was Ryan Mahaffey, a former all-conference tight end and fullback at UNI who last season returned to Cedar Falls as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator after two years at Western Kentucky.

Fourtenbary will have one year of eligibility remaining.

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