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Oregon Ducks linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia enters transfer portal

Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia (41) looks down Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2021; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia (41) looks down Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia entered the NCAA transfer portal, seeking to play his senior season elsewhere.

“It’s time for a New Journey,” he posted to Instagram.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Slade-Matautia started for the Ducks the past two seasons. In 28 games from 2018-20, he had 27 tackles (12 for loss), 16 passes defensed and 2 1/2 sacks. From Honolulu, he was a four-star prospect and the No. 16 overall outside linebacker in the Class of 2017, per the 247Sports composite.

Before committing to Oregon, he had offers from six Pac-12 programs, as well as Hawaii, Nebraska and others.

He thanked the Oregon fans and program for his time in Eugene in the lengthy Instagram post.

He continued:

“Being a 2x PAC-12 and a Rose Bowl Champion, these are all milestones and memories I will cherish forever. Nothing will ever replace those experiences, relationships, and memories I’ve had here. Thank you.

“With that being said and after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal and will finish my final college football season elsewhere. I will forever be grateful to the wonderful people at the University of Oregon.”

–Field Level Media