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Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility by NCAA

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Friday was a good day for the Iowa State Cyclones. The NCAA granted Iowa State qb, Kyle Kempt, a sixth year of eligibility. The NCAA granted Kempt a sixth year in college football due to difficult circumstances between transfers in his football career. A native of Kirkland, WA, Kempt started his college football career at Oregon State in 2013. He ended up transferring to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before walking on for the Cyclones in 2016.

“I’m relieved the decision has been made and extremely excited to be back with the team in 2018,” Kempt said in a statement. “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.” Head coach Matt Campbell is also thrilled of the news.

“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.”

This decision is huge for the Iowa State Cyclones. While Kempt wasn’t the starter the full season, he did finish 5-3 as the Cyclones’ starting quarterback. His performance on the field helped Iowa State in upsetting Oklahoma and TCU. Against the Sooners, he passed for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 38-31 upset. He also performed well in the 21-20 victory over Memphis in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Kempt finished the 2017 NCAA football season with a 66-percent completion percentage, 1,787 yards, and 15 touchdowns in just nine games. He makes good decisions inside and outside of the pocket and it shows with throwing just 3 interceptions.

Iowa State also announced that Kyle Kempt will be on scholarship for the rest of his collegiate football career. The Cyclones open up the 2018 football season against a very good FCS football team in South Dakota State. While Iowa State still isn’t projected to be at the top of the Big 12 rankings, their upcoming season has definitely took a turn for the better.