Multiple sources on Tuesday afternoon reported that sophomore wide receiver Joshua Youngblood entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.
First reported by 247Sports reporter Riley Gates, Youngblood’s status with the team was uncertain throughout the first four games of the 2020 season as the 2019 All-American only played in half of the games and rarely saw any action.
Youngblood had one rush attempt for three yards against Oklahoma and also had three kickoff returns for 54 yards against the Sooners. Youngblood had zero receptions in 2020.
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The two-star recruit out of Tampa, Florida, had a stellar 2019 season, leading the nation in kickoff return touchdowns with three, while racking up 502 return yards on 14 attempts. Youngblood’s three touchdowns included a 98-yard return against Texas, a 100-yard return against Texas Tech and another 100-yard return against Iowa State.
Those numbers helped Youngblood become the first freshman in Big 12 Conference history to earn the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year honor. Youngblood was also selected as an All-American and Second Team All-American last year, the first freshman Wildcat to earn those honors since Tyler Lockett in 2011.
Youngblood had nine receptions for 73 yards in 2019 while also rushing the ball 11 times for 55 yards and recording one touchdown on the ground.
As a sophomore this year, many people saw Youngblood as the future of the program. With him entering the transfer portal, the Wildcats will have to look for somebody else to replace the stellar kickoff return man.
This is a developing story. The Collegian will provide updates as information is available.