On the heels of Northwestern’s selection to the Citrus Bowl, a host of Wildcats have announced their intent to enter into the NCAA transfer portal.

One of the first to announce was junior running back Isaiah Bowser.

After making a splash in Evanston as a freshman, with 866 yards, six touchdowns, along with four games of over 100 yards on the ground, Bowser would rush for just 434 yards over the next two seasons, having to deal with injuries.

Bowser played in just five games in 2019 and started 2020 off strong with 70 yards and two touchdowns in the opener with Maryland. After fumbling on the goal line against Wisconsin, he was benched and saw little action the rest of the season.

On Saturday, Bowser released a statement over his Twitter account.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to coach Fitzergald and coach Ayeni for believing in me and helping me become the football player and man I am today. Also, thank you to all of my loved ones and fans who have supported me over the past 3 years. I have made endless memories and relationships at NU that will last me a lifetime. My time at NU has been nothing short of a blessing.

“All things considered, I will be grad transferring this June. My recruitment is open.”

Sophomore defensive lineman Eku Leota, senior wide receiver Kyric McGowan, freshman defensive back Gunner Maldonado, sophomore linebacker Jeremiah McDonald and sophomore wide receiver Malik Washington have also opted to enter the portal.