Backup tight end leaving Hawkeye football program

Chad Leistikow

Jameer Outsey is transferring out of the Iowa football program, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Friday.

Outsey had a short but interesting journey in his two years with the Hawkeyes. The Somerset, N.J., native spent his redshirt year as a linebacker, but was switched to tight end in August.

That became a position of need early in the Hawkeyes’ 2015 season, with injuries to Jake Duzey and George Kittle. Outsey even started one game, Iowa’s 31-17 win at Iowa State on Sept. 12.

But Outsey gradually faded from the picture, and in the spring seemed to fall behind Jon Wisnieski and walk-on Peter Pekar in the battle to be Iowa’s No. 2 tight end behind George Kittle. The Hawkeyes also had highly acclaimed tight ends Noah Fant (Omaha, Neb.) and T.J. Hockenson (Chariton) join the program this week, and it’s possible Cedar Rapids Kennedy athlete Shaun Beyer will end up at that position, too.

Tight end Jameer Outsey played in eight games as a Hawkeye. The New Jersey native made one catch and recorded one tackle on special teams.

Outsey had one reception for 10 yards as a Hawkeye — the first-ever completion of quarterback Tyler Wiegers’ career. No transfer details were immediately available.

Outsey is the seventh scholarship player to leave the roster since January, joining running back Eric Graham, wide receiver Andre Harris, defensive end Terrence Harris, linebacker Justin Jinning and defensive backs Maurice Fleming and Omar Truitt.