AMES — Iowa State offensive lineman Jaypee Philbert announced via social media Wednesday morning he will leave the football program and become a graduate transfer.

Philbert, who was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules in September, missed the final 10 games in Matt Campbell’s inaugural season.

“Thank you to the (goat emoji) @KeepSawinWood (former ISU offensive coordinator Mark Mangino) and ISU for the ability to play college football & graduate,” Philbert tweeted. “But I will be grad transferring my senior year”

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior started the first two games in 2016 — against Northern Iowa and at Iowa — at offensive tackle. As a sophomore, Philbert competed in 10 games as a reserve after playing a year at Coffeyville Community College.

Shortly after publicly announcing his intentions to transfer through his Twitter account, Philbert posted he received an offer from Southern Mississippi.

Philbert’s departure frees up a scholarship for Iowa State’s 2017 recruiting class, which stood at 19 commitments as of Wednesday morning.

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