AMES – Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park is taking a leave from the football team to work through personal health issues, the school announced Friday night.
Park didn’t make the trip to Norman, Okla., and coach Matt Campbell doesn’t have a timetable for his return.
“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Campbell said, according to a release. “We are committed to helping him cope, supporting him on all levels and helping him prepare to get back on the playing field with his teammates as soon as possible.”
Through four games, Park has led the Cyclones to a 2-2 record, throwing for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns.
“We are focused on helping Jacob in any way we can,” Campbell said. “I know how important the football team is to Jacob and how important Jacob is to the football team. But, supporting one another in difficult times is where our focus is.”
The quarterback position has been unstable for the Cyclones since Austen Arnaud graduated in 2010. The Cyclones have had seven different starting quarterbacks in those seven seasons since Arnaud’s graduation.
Park’s backups include redshirt freshman Zeb Noland and redshirt senior Kyle Kempt. Both Noland and Kempt have played limited snaps this season late in the fourth quarter, but neither has completed a pass with Noland being the only player to attempt a throw.
The 6-foot-2 Noland was a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, but he missed all of his redshirt season with a torn ACL. Kempt, who stands 6-foot-5, started his career at Oregon State, then transferred to Hutchinson Community College, before finally arriving at Iowa State in 2016.
Joel Lanning started his career at quarterback before Park took over for him last season and he made the switch to middle linebacker. Lanning passed for 2,537 yards and rushed for another 849 in his career. Lanning is listed as a quarterback or linebacker on Iowa State’s current roster.