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Kansas State linebacker Wayne Jones (4) watches Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders during the first half of a Sept. 25 game in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jones announced Wednesday he was leaving K-State to enter the transfer portal.

Kansas State linebacker Wayne Jones entered the transfer portal Wednesday, a K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury. The news was first reported by Rivals.com.

Jones later confirmed the news in a note posted on his personal Twitter account.

“I want to thank (head) Coach (Chris) Klieman and staff for the opportunity to play the game I love while obtaining my degree,” Jones wrote. “I also want to thank 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 transfer.

“Thank you all for the support through my K-State career!”

Jones, a defensive back by trade, moved to linebacker earlier this season. He has started three games this fall but has not recorded any individual stats since last month’s home loss to Iowa State.

A native of Owasso, Okla., Jones played in all 10 games during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 campaign. He started all 13 games of the Wildcats’ 2019 season.

He leaves K-State having appeared in 35 contests (18 starts) with 93 tackles (63 solo), with two tackles for loss. Jones also had two passes defended and a pair of fumble recoveries.

He is the second Wildcat to enter the transfer portal since the beginning of the season.

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