The return of Kyle Kempt for a sixth season of college eligibility has done wonders for Iowa State.
Not only did it give the Cyclones hope of building on an 8-5 season a year ago. But it also gives Matt Campbell’s team a legitimate hope of being a factor in the Big 12 race.
And according to CBS Sports reporter Barton Simmons, Kempt and his Cyclone quarterback teammates rank among the best in the nation.
Quarterback coach Joel Gordon’s group for the Cyclones ranks No. 20 in Simmons’ national rankings. The inclusion of sophomore Zeb Noland and freshmen Re-al Mitchell and Brock Purdy provide strong depth.
Here’s what Simmons had to say about Iowa State’s group:
“Kempt is a former walk-on with size and ability, and the stones to beat Oklahoma in his first start last fall. When Kempt went down to injury, Noland nearly upset Oklahoma State. Mitchell brings an athletic, run-first quarterback if needed and Purdy chose Iowa State late last cycle over the likes of Texas A&M and Alabama.”
Kempt’s return provides Iowa State with a proven playmaker who can give them a chance to contend for a Big 12 title if he stays healthy.
The Cyclones rank third in the Big 12 on the CBS list behind Oklahoma at No. 10 and Kansas State at 16th.