Alumni Player Profile: Daurice Fountain

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor

During his time at the University of Northern Iowa, wide receiver Daurice Fountain was a driving force in the Panther’s offense. His combination of speed and pass-catching skills made him a force on the offensive side of the ball, constantly keeping opposing defenses on their toes. NFL scouts would soon take notice, as the Indianapolis Colts would take the young Panther wide receiver in the 2018 draft.

Born in Madison, WI, Fountain attended James Madison Memorial high school. He was a multi-sport athlete and was named the Wisconsin Journal’s 2014 Male Athlete of the Year. Upon graduation, Fountain chose football as his path in college. After choosing to play for coach Mark Farely at Northern Iowa, Fountain found himself contributing right away. As a true freshman in 2014, Fountain saw action in all 14 of the Panther’s games. Despite limited playing time as a freshman, Fountain’s contributions would not go unnoticed as he moved into a starting wide receiver role during his sophomore season. He led the Panthers in the 2015 season with 41 receptions, 604 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. His junior year saw a slight dip in production, but Foutain was still an integral part of the Panther’s offense.

Fountain’s senior year was when he really broke out. He would go for 66 catches for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns for the year, leading the Panthers in each category and near the league leaders of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in these categories as well, earning him an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. He would also be named MVP of the Shrine Game and an All-American for the 2017 season. His production would soon catch the eye of NFL scouts.

The Indianapolis Colts selected Fountain in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft, taking him 159th overall. The Colts later released him on September 1st of the same year, and signed him to the practice squad the next day. Fountain was promoted to the active roster on December 7, but did not see the field for the Colts. On March 30, 2020, Fountain again signed a one-year deal with the Colts. On September 5, he again found himself waived and signed to the Colts’ practice squad the next day. He will look to earn a spot in the Colts offense that already features such prominent names like T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Rivers and Marlon Mack.