Iowa football: Five transfer portal targets for Hawks

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Kyle Penniston, Tight End, Wisconsin

This would be quite the interesting move going from Wisconsin to the Iowa football team, but it actually makes quite a bit of sense for the soon to be redshirt senior tight end. The former four-star recruit initially committed to Wisconsin because he loved how they developed tight ends to be ready for the NFL.

After much hype and waiting, however, Penniston never made the impact most expected from him coming out of high school, and he would eventually lose his job to redshirt freshman Jake Ferguson.

Despite being on the Mackey Award Watch List heading into his redshirt junior season, he caught just 3 balls for 18 yards and 1 touchdown.

In his entire Wisconsin career he had just 16 catches for 176 yards and 4 touchdowns, but let’s be honest, Wisconsin isn’t anything close to the tight end development school that the Iowa football program is. Also, no offense to Wisconsin, but Alex Hornibrook is no Nate Stanley either.

Moving south a few hours would provide the former Badger tight end with an opportunity to make an impact in an offense that is currently trying to figure out who can replace two All-Americans. Consider this, Penniston has 14 more catches in his career than every single tight end on the Iowa football team combined does.