Questions for the 2018 season at the quarterback position have been erased.
Kyle Kempt has been granted his sixth year of eligibility and will return to Iowa State next season.
After years of searching for a home and some stability in his college career, Kempt landed at Iowa State, only to find himself behind Jacob Park. Eventually, Park would leave the team and Kempt would lead Iowa State to a bowl victory and an 8-5 record.
Kempt hand wrote a letter to the NCAA requesting another season of eligibility, testing the “Run-Off” rule. Tanner Lee of Nebraska was granted another year based on the same scenario. The Run-Off rule allows the NCAA to grant players who have essentially been exiled from the team by coaching changes at other four year colleges.
Kempt passed for over 1,700 yards with 15 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions thrown this past season. He also boasted a 66% completion percentage, and gave Iowa State a calming presence it desperately needed. Kempt will be back to join David Montgomery, Hakeem Butler, and an offense that will look to make some noise in the 2018 season.
Iowa State will also return Zeb Noland, Devon Moore, and in-coming freshman Re-Al Mitchell and Brock Purdy. Kempt will be pegged as the early starter, but this news also helps the case of depth at the quarterback position.
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