Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the school announced Friday.
Kempt, who transferred to ISU after stints at Oregon State and Hutchinson Community College, applied for the extra year via the NCAA’s “run-off rule,” meaning he transferred only because coaches made clear he was not part of their plans.
The former walk-on will be on scholarship this season, ISU announced.
“We are excited that Kyle was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA,” Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell said in a release. “We alerted Kyle and our recruits when we received the clearance notification on Jan. 30. Since then all of our efforts had been focused on our 2018 football team and recruiting. Kyle has established himself as a leader on our team and we are thrilled by the NCAA’s decision to allow him to remain a Cyclone in 2018.”
Kempt took over the starting job last season when Jacob Park left the team prior to the Cyclones’ Oct. 7 game at Oklahoma. Kempt led ISU to a 38-31 upset of the then-No. 3-ranked Sooners, completing 18 of 24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns.
Kempt, a Massillon, Ohio, native, started seven of Iowa State’s next eight games, including the Liberty Bowl victory over Memphis. He finished the season 161 of 243 (66.3 percent) with 1,787 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions as the Cyclones went 8-5 in Campbell’s second season.
“I’m relieved the decision has been made and extremely excited to be back with the team in 2018,” Kempt said in a statement. “We have a lot of work to do and it is a thrill for me to be able to represent this great university for another year. I am also thankful for the NCAA for looking at my situation so thoroughly and for all of the people involved in this process. They put in a lot of hard work and I really appreciate it.”
Kempt redshirted at Oregon State in 2013 and did not see the field in 2014. He spent a year at Hutchinson before transferring to ISU for the 2016 season.
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His return makes Iowa State’s quarterback picture clearer. Redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland saw some snaps last season when Kempt was dealing with minor injuries. Redshirt freshman Devon Moore missed 2017 with a knee injury. Iowa State signed two quarterbacks in its 2018 recruiting class: Re-al Mitchell, who is enrolled for the spring, and Brock Purdy, Arizona’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Park announced in December he is transferring.