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Iowa Linebacker Jayden McDonald Announces Transfer Destination

A general view of the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium.

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 12: Iowa Hawkeyes Kinnick Stadium against Michigan State Spartans November 12, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)

Last week, the Iowa Hawkeyes learned that sophomore linebacker Jayden McDonald was going to enter the NCAA transfer portal. Clearly it didn't take him long to find a new suitor because he announced his decision on Tuesday.

McDonald was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He chose Iowa over Ole Miss, Kansas State and Purdue.

With the first game of the 2019 college football season set for this Saturday, McDonald has decided that he's officially leaving the Hawkeyes.

The Georgia native has decided that he'll continue his career at Troy University.

McDonald announced his transfer destination on Twitter, saying "Roll with the punches so the jabs will hurt less."

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Although the timing of his decision is unfortunate for the Hawkeyes, there wasn't a guarantee that McDonald would have a major role for the team this season.

Iowa has a plethora of linebackers that it'll rely on for this season, such as Kristian Welch, Barrington Wade and Djimon Colbert.

Now that McDonald is heading to Troy, the talented linebacker will most likely see more snaps than he would on Iowa.

As for the Hawkeyes, they'll carry on with their preparation for a Week 1 showdown against the Miami Redhawks.