Football adds a defensive tackle transfer

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams 

Paul Rhoads just borrowed a page from Fred Hoiberg’s playbook.

Ben Durbin, a 6-foot-3, 273 pound defensive tackle who originally hails from Gilbert, Iowa, is transferring from Wyoming to Iowa State. That’s according to a university press release that was sent out early Wednesday morning.

Durbin started eight games as a junior at defensive tackle last season for the Cowboys, recorded 28 tackles (3.5 for a loss) along the way. Durbin has already received his bachelor’s degree from Wyoming (in psychology) and plans to take graduate courses at Iowa State next year. Because of this, he’ll be eligible to play right away next season for head coach Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones.

"I wanted to play for the Cyclone Nation," Durbin said in the release. "I can play in front of my family. This is God’s Country to me and I have always been an Iowa State fan."

Durbin was a two-time first-team all-state honoree during his high school career at Gilbert.

"The previous (Iowa State) coaching staff recruited me, but ultimately I did not get an offer," said Durbin. "I was at Wyoming for four years and Laramie is a great place. This is not about Wyoming. I talked to my friends and family about it. Iowa State is doing great things under (Iowa State head) coach Paul Rhoads. Coming home is a dream. Believe me, I appreciate this opportunity."

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.