Iowa State's defensive line depth took a hit Thursday afternoon as defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin announced on social media that he is leaving the program.
"It is with a heavy heart that I am sad to say I will no longer be playing football for Iowa State University," Cousin wrote on Instagram. "I have made the decision to continue my career elsewhere. I will not forget the people I met and the friendships I made during my career at Iowa State. The brotherhood [and] the bond I'm going to miss it all."
The loss of Cousin cuts into Iowa State's depth on the defensive front. While Cousin had moved to No. 2 on the depth chart at defensive tackle ahead of fall camp, he was expected to provide much-needed depth up front behind Pierre Aka.
Iowa State will now likely look to the likes of Robby Garcia and Bobby Leath among others to fill that void entering Week 1.
According to a statement from coach Paul Rhoads, Cousin will remain enrolled before transferring at the end of the fall semester.
"Devlyn and I met last night and he informed me of his decision to leave the football team and his intention to transfer to a school that is a better fit for him," Rhoads said in the statement. "He is going to stay in school at Iowa State for the rest of the fall semester and we will help him in the transfer process. We wish him success in his future."