Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, the school announced Friday.
The university said the NCAA decision was based on the “totality of circumstances surrounding his transfer” from Oregon State to Hutchinson Community College before the 2015 season. Kempt was at Oregon State for two seasons but decided to leave after Beavers coach Mike Riley departed for Nebraska.
“I’m relieved the decision has been made and extremely excited to be back with the team in 2018,” Kempt said in a school news release. “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 had thrown just two passes as a major-college quarterback before etching his name into the school history books in his first college start on Oct. 7. He passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns as the Cyclones outlasted No. 3 Oklahoma 38-31 for one of the biggest victories in school history.
Regular starter Jacob Park left the team shortly after that contest and Kempt started for the rest of the season. He set a school record with a 66.3 completion percentage while passing for 1,787 yards and 15 touchdowns against three interceptions.
Needless to say, Cyclones coach Matt Campbell was pleased when he recently was informed that he had a returning starter at quarterback for the 2018 campaign.
“We are excited that Kyle was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA,” Campbell said in the news 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, who has been a walk-on the past two seasons, was also placed on scholarship for the 2018 season.
–Field Level Media