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Report: Iowa Wide Receiver Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

A group of Iowa Hawkeyes football helmets.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 03: General view of Iowa Hawkeyes helmets are seen during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3) will be at least one receiver down for their upcoming bowl game this winter. According to David Eickholt of 247Sports, junior Tyrone Tracy Jr. has entered the transfer portal after four years in Iowa City.

Tracy, a native of Indianapolis, has appeared in 38 career games for Iowa. His Hawkeye career peaked in 2019, when Tracy logged 36 catches for 589 yards and 3 touchdowns. His production has steadily declined over the past couple of seasons. This year, Tracy finished with just 15 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.

In 2021, Tracy struggled to find his place in a crowded receiving corps. Six Hawkeyes have caught more passes than Tracy, including freshmen Keagan Johnson and Arland Bruce IV. Tracy lost his starting job (as the X receiver) early in the season.

The 5’11”, 200 pound Tracy redshirted in 2018. Given the NCAA’s 2020 eligibility waiver, Tracy can play two more seasons of college football–wherever he ends up. The former 3-star prospect out of Decatur Central High School (IN) tallied 871 receiving yards, 93 rushing yards and 7 total touchdowns as a Hawkeye.

2,646 FBS student-athletes entered the transfer portal in 2020-21. That number continues to climb, partially in response to the NCAA’s increased lenience regarding eligibility. All players who transfer for the first time will be immediately eligible at their next school, as long as they meet the portal entry deadline–which Tracy has. He’ll look to land somewhere with more opportunity at his position.