Kansas State football linebacker Wayne Jones enters the transfer portal as a graduate student
Kansas State linebacker Wayne Jones announced on social media Wednesday that he is entering the transfer portal.
"I want to thank Coach (Chris) Klieman and staff for the opportunity to play the game I love while obtaining my degree," Jones said in a post on his Twitter account. "I also want to thank the K-State fans for making this a special place to be a part of.
After a long night of prayer, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate student. Thank you for the support through my K-State career. Wayne Jones."
Jones, a 6-foot, 208-pound junior from Owasso, Oklahoma, moved from safety to strong-side linebacker in the spring of 2021 and has appeared in all 11 games for the Wildcats with starts against Iowa State, Texas Tech and TCU, recording 11 tackles, including one for loss. He remains listed as the starter on K-State's two-deep, but was replaced in the lineup by Reggie Stubblefield in a hybrid linebacker-nickelback role the past three weeks.
Jones began his K-State career as a defensive back, appearing in two games while preserving his redshirt in 2018, then had his most productive season as a redshirt freshman in 2019. He started all 13 games that year, finishing fourth on the team with 57 tackles, including .5 for loss and a pass break-up.
Jones appeared in all 10 games for the Wildcats last year in a diminished role, though he did make starts at both safety and nickelback.
If he elects to use the additional year of eligibility granted by the NCAA during the COVID-19 pandemic, he would still have two years remaining at his new school.