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Wisconsin football: OL Kayden Lyles to enter transfer portal

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The former 4-star offensive lineman will play his last season somewhere other than Madison.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 Penn State at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Monday afternoon, Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Kayden Lyles announced on Twitter that he will be entering the transfer portal and using his last year of eligibility at a new program. Lyles has appeared in five of Wisconsin’s seven games this season, but hasn’t seen the field since the Illinois game.

While he is still listed as the backup center on the depth chart that was released Monday morning, one can safely assume that he won’t be in that position on Saturday.

Lyles, a native of Madison, was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school back in 2017 and had offers from schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Southern Cal among others.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 09 Wisconsin at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While he ended up redshirting his first year on campus, Lyles started seven games his redshirt freshman season...just on the defensive line instead of the offensive line. In his career Lyles started 16 games (four at guard, five at center, seven at defensive end) and appeared in 34.

Heading into the season, Lyles was projected to be the starting center for a revamped Wisconsin offensive line, but he was beaten out for the position by sophomore Joe Tippmann. With a younger player in front of him, the writing was on the wall for Lyles if he wanted more playing time in his final season.

Lyles is now the fifth player to leave the Wisconsin program and enter the transfer portal this season, following WR Devin Chandler, RBs Antwan Roberts, Jalen Berger and Loyal Crawford.

Here is Lyles’ full statement from Twitter:

With one year of college football left in my future, I’ve decided to bet on myself and will be transferring to a new program for my final season of eligibility. My five years as part of the Wisconsin football program have given me some of the best times of my life and experiences I’ll never forget. Though my time as a Badger has come to an end, I’ll forever be thankful to the fans, coaches, staff and — especially — to my teammates for all their support.

On, Wisconsin!

Kayden