Kyle Kempt

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Kyle Kempt
Iowa State Cyclones – No. 17
MajorComputer Science
Career history
  • Iowa State (2016–present)
  • Hutchinson (2015)
  • Oregon State (2013-2014)
Bowl games
  • 2017 Liberty Bowl
High schoolMassillion Washington
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-14) November 14, 1994 (age 27)
Kirkland, Washington
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Kyle Kempt (born November 14, 1994)[1] is a college American football quarterback for the Iowa State Cyclones. Previously, before Iowa State, Kempt played for the Oregon State Beavers football team and Hutchinson Blue Dragons football team. [2] Kempt was awarded the Second Team Academic All-Big 12 award,[3] as well as being on the CFPA National Performer of the Year Watch List. [4]

High school career[edit]

Kempt played both football and baseball at Massillon Washington High School, located in Massillon, Ohio. He was a starting quarterback by the time he was a sophomore. Kempt became the school's all time leading passer.[5] Some of his honors and awards in high school include the 2013 North/South Ohio All Star Classic MVP, as well as being awarded with the second team all-state quarterback by the Associated Press. By the time Kempt was a senior, he threw for 3,056 yards as a senior, with 32 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. [6]


Kempt was heavily recruited out of high school, receiving offers from Oregon State Beavers, UConn, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Toledo, Cincinnati, and West Virginia. At first, Kempt committed to Cincinnati. When the head coach there, Butch Jones, left Cincinnati to coach the Tennessee team, Kempt lost his scholarship. On January 26, 2013, Kempt committed to Oregon State University.[7]

College career[edit]

2013 season[edit]

After arriving at Oregon State, Kempt redshirted his initial college season.

2014 season[edit]

Kempt was a squad member with the Beavers. He did not make any plays. At the end of the season, he was run off and lost his scholarship at Oregon State.[8]

2015 season[edit]

After Kempt left Oregon State, he went on to play at Hutchinson Community College, in Kansas. He didn't play there either. By the end of the season, Kempt was looking to transfer to a 4 year university elsewhere.[9]

2016 season[edit]

Kempt contacted Matt Campbell, the former head coach at Toledo. When Campbell was named the head coach at Iowa State for the 2016 season, Kempt decided to walk on. He was placed on the scout team. He appeared in 1 game, passed for 15 yards and made one rush for 7 yards. He was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.[10]

2017 season[edit]

On October 3, 2017, the starting quarterback for Iowa State, Jacob Park, announced he was taking a leave from the football team to work through 'personal issues.'[11] Kempt was named the starting quarterback for the game against #3 Oklahoma. He rushed for 343 yards, completing 18 out of 24 passes, and scored 3 touchdowns with zero interceptions. He led Iowa State to win, 38-31, [12] as well as leading the team to win games against Kansas, Texas Tech, and an upset win against #4 TCU. [13] In the middle of the game against Oklahoma State, he suffered a shoulder injury. [14] He recovered and played for the 2017 Liberty Bowl against #20 Memphis. He completed 24 out of 38 passes, leading Iowa State to a 21-20 win. [15] He finished the season with a 66.3% completion rate, the best in Iowa State football history. [16]

2018 season[edit]

There was uncertainty that Kempt would get a 6th year of eligibility. Kempt was testing the "run off" rule in the NCAA, which allows players another year if being run off from another 4 year institution. Previously, Kempt was run-off by Oregon State after the end of the 2014 season. After the 2017 season, the NCAA granted him another year.[17] The starting quarterback from the beginning of the season, Jacob Park, decided to transfer from Iowa State, making Kempt the new starting quarterback. [18]

College career statistics[edit]

Kyle Kempt's college stats[19]
Year Team Games Pass Attempts Pass Completions Completion Percentage % Pass Yards Pass TDs INT Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Avg Rush TDs
2016 Iowa State 1 2 2 100% 15 0 0 1 7 7.0 0
2017 Iowa State 8 243 161 66.3% 1787 15 3 31 -5 -0.2 0
Total 9 245 163 83.2% 1802 15 3 34 2 3.4 0

Personal life[edit]

Kempt was born in Kirkland, Washington, near the Seattle area. His dad, Mychal, played football at Montana State. Because of his dad's job, his family relocated to Hawaii and Oregon before settling in Ohio. His brother, Cody Kempt, played football at Oregon and Montana State, and his younger brother, Jake, plays football at Dayton and is a cornerback.[20] In high school, Kempt had a 4.25 GPA and was the valedictorian of his class. [21]


  1. "Kyle Kempt Profile" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  2. "Kyle Kempt Profile" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. (November 16, 2017) "A Total of 22 Cyclones Earn Academic All-Big 12 Recognition" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  4. (October 30, 2017) "Kempt On CFPA National Performer of the Year Watch List" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  5. Birch, Tommy (October 11, 2017) "Inside Kyle Kempt's patient journey to instant football stardom at Iowa State" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  6. Birch, Tommy (August 18, 2016) "Kyle Kempt, Iowa State's third-string quarterback, followed Campbell to Ames" Retrieved July 23, 2018
  7. "Kyle Kempt School List" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  8. Letourneau, Connor. (March 31, 2015) "Kyle Kempt on leaving Oregon State Beavers: 'This is the best option'" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  9. "Kyle Kempt Hutchinson Community College" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  10. Williams, Chris. (December 4, 2016) "Iowa State football awards banquet recap" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  11. Visser, Ben. (October 6, 2017) "Iowa State QB Jacob Park taking leave from football team" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  12. Schroder, George (October 8, 2017)"Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt goes from walk on to hero against Oklahoma" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  13. Birch, Tommy. (October 28, 2017)"Iowa State analysis: October 2017 was a memorable month for Cyclone football" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  14. Jennings, Matt. (November 13, 2017) "Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt ‘day-to-day’ due to shoulder injury" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  15. Chiari, Mike. (December 30, 2017) "Iowa State Narrowly Holds off Memphis for Liberty Bowl Win" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  16. Fuitak, Pete. (February 9, 2018) "Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt Learns His NCAA Fate: What Does It All Mean?" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  17. (February 9, 2018) "NCAA grants ISU QB Kempt extra year of eligibility" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  18. (December 12, 2017) "ISU's Jacob Park to transfer" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  19. Kempt Stats Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  20. Cooke, Hunter. "Who is Kyle Kempt? 5 things to know about the new Iowa State quarterback" Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. Beyer, Heather. (May 29, 2013) "Class of 2013 says goodbye to Washington High" Retrieved July 23, 2018.

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