AMES - Kyle Kempt has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, the Iowa State Athletics Department announced Friday.
Kempt was granted an extension of eligibility on Jan. 30 after considering the circumstances surrounding his transfer from Oregon State University and Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
"We are excited that Kyle was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA," Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell said. "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."
"I'm relieved the decision has been made and extremely excited to be back with the team in 2018," Kempt said. "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 attempted only two passes in his collegiate career prior to earning his first career start at No. 3 Oklahoma on Oct. 7, 2017. In the game, Kempt threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-24 passing.
The honorable mention All-Big 12 selection finished the season with a 5-3 record as a starter, including a 3-1 mark vs. ranked opponents. Kempt broke ISU's single-season completion percentage (66.3) mark, connecting on 161-of-243 passes for 1,787 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Kempt notched his second 300-yard passing game of the year (314 yards) in the 21-20 win over No. 19 Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.
Kempt began his career at Oregon State in 2013, redshirting his first season and directing the scout team in 2014. After a coaching change, Kempt transferred to Hutchinson Community College in 2015.
After that, Kempt joined the Cyclones as a walk-on in 2016, seeing action in two games. Kempt remained a walk-on during the 2017 season.
Campbell also announced that Kempt has received a scholarship for the remainder of his time in Ames.
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