Isaac Slade-Matautia, Oregon’s two-year starting linebacker, has entered the transfer portal.
ISM played a total of 28 games as a Duck, and played at the side of Troy Dye during Oregon’s historic 2019-20 season that ended with a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. However, the senior took to Instagram to share the following heartfelt message:
“To the UO football program, thank you for the life lessons and the opportunity to play and train everyday at a high level. There are no words to express my feelings of gratitude for the people that have helped me become not only a better athlete, but a better person.
To the dedicated Duck Fans near & far and Eugene community. Thank you for accepting a boy from Halawa, Hawaii, and making Autzen Stadium a dream come true! The piercing atmosphere and spirit can never be duplicated. I will truly miss playing in Autzen. Oregon will always be a special place and I am grateful to call Oregon home for these past years.
To my teammates, past and present, thank you for sharing the experiences, the guidance, and the insight to becoming the player, teammate, and leader that I am today. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, every opportunity you’ve given me and every lesson you’ve taught me. Some of the greatest times in my life have been alongside with you and I will treasure these moments for a lifetime.
Being a 2x PAC-12 and a Rose Bowl Champion, these are all milestones and memories I will cherish forever. Nothing will ever replace those experiences, relationships, and memories I’ve had here. Thank you.
With that being said and after deep prayer and consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal and will finish my final college football season elsewhere. I will forever be grateful to the wonderful people at the University of Oregon.”
ISM on Instagram
During his time at Oregon, ISM tallied 127 tackles, 17 pass breakups, 12 tackles-for-a-loss, and 2 1⁄2 sacks. . He came to Eugene a four-star recruit out of Honolulu Kaiser with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, UCF, Washington, Washington State and others.
We wish you the best, ISM!