Former UNI Wide Receiver Signs Contract with Chicago Bears
Without a doubt, Daurice Fountain is one of the greatest wide receivers to come out of the Northern Iowa football program. He's now getting another chance to prove that he belongs in the NFL.
As shared by Head Coach Matt Eberflus, Fountain is signing a contract with the Chicago Bears. The monsters of the midway are looking for some depth at the position as their two starters -- Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown -- have combined for just 496 yards and one touchdown on 30 receptions through seven games. Fountain is a known commodity to Eberflus, who spent time coaching him with the Indianapolis Colts.
This move comes after the Kansas City Chiefs granted the Madison, Wisconsin native his release from their practice squad team on Tuesday, October 25. Fountain made the request knowing that several teams across the league had made their interest in his services known.
He spent the previous season and a half in Kansas City, mostly on the practice squad. Though, he was called up to the 53-man roster during the Chiefs' playoff run last year, specifically for special teams.
Prior to that, the former First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference receiver spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after being taken by the team in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He caught two passes for 23 yards in 2020.
During his tenure in Cedar Falls, Fountain put up some pretty crazy numbers. Between his sophomore and junior campaigns, he caught 74 passes for 1,107 yards and ten touchdowns, but his senior season is where he really broke out. In 2017, Fountain caught 66 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Those numbers drastically improved his stock heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, and the pre-draft process boosted it all the more. Fountain ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at UNI's pro day, and he was named the MVP of the East-West Shrine Bowl after he put up a game-high 61 receiving yards on three catches and added 40 punt-return yards on two attempts.