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Kyle Kempt is coming back. The NCAA granted the Iowa State quarterback a sixth season of eligibility on Friday.

Kempt had cited the "run-off rule" in his application for another season due to the circumstances of his transfers from Oregon State and Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

“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 played a major role in Iowa State's 8-5 record after taking over for Jacob Park in the middle of the season. He came in to the 2017 season having attempted only two passes previously in his collegiate career. In his first start he threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-24 passing in Iowa State's shocking win at third ranked Oklahoma.

Kempt finished the season 5-3 as a starter, including a 3-1 mark against ranked opponents. His 15 touchdown passes tied for fifth on the Cyclones' single season record list.

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