On Tuesday night, Iowa middle linebacker Dillon Doyle announced on Twitter that he’ll be entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. Doyle finished his redshirt freshman season with 23 tackles and forced one fumble.
Here’s what Doyle wrote to social media.
“I’d like to take this time to thank Iowa Football for my time in the program,” Doyle wrote on Twitter. “Growing up in Iowa City, it has always been my dream to wear the Tiger Hawk, and I have taken great pride in representing the state of Iowa for the last two seasons. The relationships I’ve formed through this program will last forever and I’m so incredibly grateful for each of the people I’ve met during my time here. I’d like to thank my teammates and others in the community for the overwhelming amount of support I’ve received the last few days.”
“With that being said, I’m announcing that I”ll be moving to the next step of my career and entering the transfer portal. I am excited to join a new football team and give my all to helping them on their path to a championship.”
Doyle was rated an 89 overall and was ranked as the 32nd best outside linebacker by 247Sports coming out of high school. He held offers from Iowa, UCF, Northern Illinois and numerous Ivy League programs.
Doyle was projected to be in major contention to be Iowa’s starting middle linebacker in 2020 after starting three games for Iowa in 2019. Sophomore Jack Campbell is likely the next man in line as Iowa begins voluntary workouts.
“Jack’s just an awesome kid,” Doyle said Campbell earlier this season. “He works so hard, has that walk-on mentality. Just bring it every day and go to work … I was really proud of the way he stepped up. We tried to prepare as much as we could together this week in order to step up.”
“He’s just kind of unbridled enthusiasm,” Kirk Ferentz said about Campbell during Iowa’s signing day press conference. “It’s just natural. It exudes. When you talk to him, he’s that way. I had a chance to watch him practice last Wednesday night, practice basketball. It’s the same way. He fouls less, at least he did Wednesday night, than he did on some of the other reports I’ve gotten. But he’s turned into a pretty good basketball player. They alley-ooped him, and it’s impressive. He’s just a really raw-boned guy. I think he’s still going to continue to grow and develop. But the first thing I think about with him is his attitude. It just kind of jumps right out at you, and talk about players that make you feel good, he’s one of those guys.”
Doyle’s father, Chris, is currently Iowa’s Strength and Conditioning coach, but was recently put on administrative leave following allegations of racial disparities.
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