The fun for Kyle Kempt in Ames isn’t over yet. Iowa State University announced on Friday that Kempt has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
The quarterback has bounced around during his college career, from Oregon State, to Hutchinson Community College to Iowa State. Kempt barely played until this season, when he took over for Jacob Park, and 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.
In a statement, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said, “We are excited that Kyle was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA. 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’s borderline legendary status in Ames (OK, maybe “legendary” is too strong) began in his first start when he helped the Cyclones beat the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman 38-31. Kempt then helped the team beat TCU, giving Iowa State two top 5 wins in the month of October, something that had never been done for the program.
Kempt added in the statement, “I’m relieved the decision has been made and extremely excited to be back with the team in 2018. 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.”
Kyle Kempt finished the season completing 66.3% of his passes with 1,787 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Iowa State wrapped up the season 8-5, ending with a win over Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.