The Iowa State football program took a big hit to its defense, with head coach Matt Campbell announcing starting linebacker Jordan Harris will be leaving the program as a graduate transfer.
Iowa State released a statement saying the Mississippi native was hoping to finish his collegiate career closer to him.
“Jordan has done everything we have asked him to do since the first day I got here,” Campbell said. “He’s a great person and a great teammate. In our meetings recently, Jordan expressed interest in finishing out his career closer to his family. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and we will fully support him in his decision.”
Last season, Harris burst onto the scene with 70 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.
Harris started in every game and was third on the team in tackles.
There is no word on what schools Harris will consider.
“Iowa State helped me become the man I am today,” Harris said. “From my teammates, the old coaching staff to the new coaching staff, everybody has played a big role in helping me. I am happy I got my degree from Iowa State, which will open up many more doors for me in the future. I want to finish out my final year where my family can be more involved.”
Iowa State opens its 2016 campaign on Sept. 5 against Northern Iowa at home.
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