Things are looking up for Matt Campbell and the Iowa State Cyclones.
Much of that success can be credited to quarterback Kyle Kempt.
After the Cyclones started 2-2 with Jacob Park behind center, Kempt took over after Park left the program for personal reasons, and that move proved to be a blessing in disguise for Iowa State.
The Cyclones notched arguably their most significant upset in program history by defeating No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-31. The victory sparked a four-game winning streak, which was capped by yet another top 5 upset, with the latest coming over No. 4 TCU, 14-7.
When it was all said and done, Kempt compiled a 5-3 record as the Cyclones starter as a senior, and he’s not done yet. A former walk-on, Kempt was granted a sixth year of eligibility, and after making a name for himself in 2017, he’s among the Big 12 players to know entering the spring, per ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
“The former walk-on was granted a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA — and he was given a scholarship by the Cyclones,” Schlabach said. “If he continues to develop as a passer, Iowa State might be more than a one-year wonder.”
The Cyclones, which improved by five games in the win column after a 3-9 start to the Campbell era in 2016, also earned the program’s first bowl victory since 2009. With Kempt manning the offense in 2018, the Cyclones are aiming to not only replicate their 2017 success, but take yet another step forward.
But of course, with key talents such as Allen Lazard and Joel Lanning out of eligibility, Iowa State’s 2018 success, or lack thereof, will largely depend on Kempt, who totaled 1,787 yards, 15 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in eight games.
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