Iowa State defensive lineman Latrell Bankston enters transfer portal

Randy Peterson
Des Moines Register
Iowa State Cyclones defensive lineman Latrell Bankston (56) sacks Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) in the second quarter of the Nov. 27 game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. Bankston announced on Dec. 23 that he entered the transfer portal.

A key player on a very good Iowa State defense has entered the transfer portal.

Defensive lineman Latrell Bankston, who played considerably in all 11 games during the Cyclones’ historic season, is leaving,

"This past year at Iowa State has taught me a lot of love and compassion with these great fans of Ames, Iowa!” Bankston posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “You guys will always be a part of my journey and I appreciate the relationships I built with the players who are now brothers for the rest of my life.

“I will cherish the memories of a Big 12 championship and seeing the crazy fans of Ames, Iowa take over Texas. And to Coach Campbell and (defensive line coach Eli Rasheed), you guys taught me a lot of who I am as a man and what I need to do to improve on myself to be a greater human being, and for that you will always be a part of my life."

The junior inside lineman, who started against West Virginia, had significant sacks in the victory against Texas. For the season, Bankston had 16 tackles, 3½ sacks and 4½ tackles for loss after transferring from Hutchinson Community College.

Enyi Uwazurike is the starting nose guard, while Bankston has been listed on the depth chart as his backup. The Cyclones face Oregon in the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been writing for the Des Moines Register for parts of six decades. Reach him at, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.