Former K-State WR Isaiah Zuber transferring to Mississippi State

Kansas State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber dives for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(WIBW) - Kansas State will have to try and defend its leading receiver from last season during the 2019 campaign.

Isaiah Zuber announced on Friday that he is transferring to Mississippi State. K-State will face the Bulldogs on Sept. 14 of the upcoming season, as it tries to avenge a 31-10 loss to MSU from last year.

The former Wildcat wide receiver tweeted out a statement to go along with his Twitter message to respect his decision.

"I appreciate everything KState has done for me and the opportunity they gave me," Zuber wrote. "Thank you to all the fans, my teammates and coaches that believed in me! For my last year in collegiate football, I'm coming back south to play at Mississippi State! Thanks for the love!"

The wideout is originally from Georgia. He led KSU in receptions (52), receiving yards (619) and receiving touchdowns (5) in 2018. No other KSU receiver broke the 40-catch or 600-yard mark. He was also the only pass-catcher to have more than two touchdown catches.

The speedster also was the primary kick and punt returner for Kansas State last season. Zuber averaged 17.8 yards per punt return and 16.3 yards per kick return, while adding a punt-return touchdown in 2018.

He departs Manhattan in a tie for eighth in school history with 127 career receptions. The receiver had 1,321 yards and 11 touchdown catches for his KSU career.