Azunna enters transfer portal

Oct 31, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver Andrew Parchment (4) catches a pass as Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Arnold Azunna (4) makes the tackle during the first half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran defensive back Arnold Azunna has reportedly entered the transfer portal.

The Grand Prairie, Texas, native, who played in 33 games for the Cyclones during his career, will seek a new home to play his college football season, 247Sports‘ Michael Swain reported on Tuesday.

Azunna recorded 67 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles during his four seasons with the Cyclones. He played in nine games, making 29 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and one forced fumble during the 2020 season.

He did not appear on the participation report for Iowa State’s 34-17 win over Oregon in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl this past Saturday.

Despite losing Azunna, the Cyclones project to return several experienced and talented players at the safety spot in 2021, most notably freshman All-American and Big 12 co-defensive freshman of the year Isheem Young, but also freshman Mason Chambers, sophomore D.J. Miller and others with game experience.

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