IOWA CITY — Iowa State senior quarterback Kyle Kempt left Saturday’s game against Iowa in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Coach Matt Campbell said after the game that it’s an MCL injury, but isn’t sure what the extent of the injury is.
“I don’t think it’s season ending by any stretch of the imagination,” Campbell said. “We’ve been here before, we’ve played a lot of quarterbacks. Fortunately for us, Zeb (Noland) came in and I thought Zeb did a really good job. He’s a guy that’s started and if he has to start and is our guy starting going forward, I know our team is confident.”
Noland went 4-of-10 passing with 43 yards in Iowa State’s 13-3 loss to Iowa.
“If Zeb is the guy going forward, and this was so critical to getting Kyle Kempt back was Zeb has grown as much as anybody over the last six months in our program,” Campbell said. “A lot of it is the leadership of Kyle. Kyle has taken him under his wing and those two have really, really grown together”
Mike Rose is the real deal
It’s always interesting to see if a player lives up to the hype, and boy oh boy did true freshman middle linebacker Mike Rose live up to the hype.
The Ohio native was seemingly everywhere for the Iowa State defense. He ended his debut with 11 tackles, which led Iowa State, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
Campbell was asked if Rose was the best player on Iowa State’s team Saturday.
“Mike Rose was pretty good,” Campbell said with a smirk. “I don’t think I’ve lied about guys that are good players — I try to be honest with you. I think Mike is really good and I think a lot of people saw why he won the job. Mike is special. You’re talking about a kid and he has a lot of growing to do and a lot of work to do, but Mike is really talented and we’re fortunate to have him on our team.”
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Iowa State broke in a new punter on Saturday and he had as inconsistent of a game as a player could have.
He shanked two punts that went less than 15 yards. On the other hand, he hit two bombs that went more than 50 yards.
In a closely contested game like this, it’s important to be able to flip the field and the Cyclones had trouble doing that, handing the Hawkeyes a short field on numerous occations.
“In a game like this, you try to (play the field position game), early,” Campbell said. “Your defense is playing really good and you don’t want to try and expose yourself, especially against these guys. When you play these guys, they make you beat yourself and I think playing station-to-station football was big early on. The reality of it is, trying to swing that field position was really tough for us and it was put on that offense. We tried to swing it a couple of times and we couldn’t get it swung.”
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