Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Youngblood enters NCAA transfer portal

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Then-freshman wide receiver Joshua Youngblood celebrates after running in a touchdown during the homecoming football game against Oklahoma in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 26, 2019. The Wildcats upset the No. 5 rated Sooners with a final score of 48-41. (File Photo by Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

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.

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.

Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Youngblood tries to break free against Iowa State last year. Youngblood has recently entered his name into the transfer portal. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)
Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Youngblood tries to break free against Iowa State last year. Youngblood has recently entered his name into the transfer portal. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

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.

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Cameron Bradley
Hey! I’m Cameron Bradley and I am the sports editor for the Collegian! I am a junior from Wichita, Kansas, and I am majoring in journalism. When I’m not working for the Collegian, I’m creating content and putting on broadcasts with K-StateHD.TV. I am also currently a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. I love sports, spending time with friends, family and doing everything that I do for the glory of God!