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Cyclones land starting Wyoming defensive lineman

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Exiting spring practice, Ben Durbin was listed as a starting defensive lineman on Wyoming’s depth chart.

Entering summer camp?  He’ll be in line for a starting job — in his home state of Iowa.

According to a release from Iowa State, Durbin has decided to transfer from the Cowboys and play his final season of college football with the Cyclones.  As Durbin has already graduated from his now-previous school with a degree in psychology, he will be allowed per NCAA transfer rules to play immediately in 2012.

Durbin said he grew up as an ISU fan — but wasn’t offered a scholarship by the Cyclones coming out of high school — and is looking forward to fulfilling what appears to be a lifelong dream.

“I wanted to play for the Cyclone Nation,” Durbin said in a statement. “I can play in front of my family. This is God’s Country to me and I have always been an Iowa State fan.”

In 2011, Durbin started eight games for the Cowboys at defensive tackle.  He played in all 12 games the previous season.

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