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AMES — Iowa State freshman quarterback Zeb Noland will miss the entire season after sustaining "a non-contact injury," Coach Matt Campbell said Friday.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound true freshman enrolled in classes at Iowa State in January and participated in spring practices. Noland was listed on the current depth chart as the potential backup to junior Joel Lanning.
"Zeb was really playing well for us and doing some great things, but it’ll give him a chance to kind of sit back now and really take some time to study," Campbell said. “The silver lining in all of this is he’ll come back, he’ll be 110 percent when he comes back and it’ll be nothing that has long term effects on Zeb and his performance going forward, so that’s huge for us.”
Noland sustained a knee injury as he rolled out of the pocket in practice. Campbell said the extent of the injury is unknown, but that conclusion will help decide whether or not Noland will undergo surgery.
Campbell said Noland will begin rehabbing soon and remain an active participant in the quarterbacks room. The Watkinsville, Ga., native was 6-for-14 for 20 yards in the spring game.
“If you know Zeb, he’s a really good competitor and he already said to me, ‘Then you better be letting me coach,’” Campbell said. “If I know Zeb, it’ll be a good part.”
Noland’s injury cleared the way for sophomore Jacob Park to assume sole backup quarterback duties. The two had been locked in a tug-of-war over the spot in fall camp.
Park began his career as a redshirt at Georgia, before transferring to junior college in Oklahoma where he spent a year away from football. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he was a four-star recruit out of high school.
Junior walk on Kyle Kempt, another newcomer, will move in as the third-string quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder spent two years at Oregon State and his third year at Hutchinson Community College before transferring to Iowa State this spring.
Kempt was 5-of-7 passing for 45 yards in the spring game with a long of 24 yards to wide receiver Hakeem Butler.
“I think we’ve all been fortunate that we’ve had Kyle Kempt,” Campbell said. “Even in the spring game I thought his reps were quality reps. He’s really done a nice job, so I think that’s huge to have a guy like Kyle Kempt as potentially your third guy right now, a guy that has the ability to run our offense and do what we need to do. It’s football and we’re lucky we have great depth there.”
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