The Iowa State football team came into this week as a huge underdog against the Oklahoma Sooners.
After news that starting quarterback Jacob Park was taking a leave of absence from the team, few expected them to keep the game close.
On Friday, the Cyclones coach told the Des Moines Register that Park was dealing with some medical issues and needed to step away from the team. He said the team supports him in his decision.
“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said on Friday. “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.”
“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 we need to be.”
Park took the majority of the snaps for Iowa State last season, and hadn’t missed a play this season. However, despite his absence, the Iowa State Cyclones have made the game against Oklahoma surprisingly close. Midway through the fourth quarter, the game is tied at 31.
His backup, senior Kyle Kempt, has passed for touchdowns and 299-yards, completing 71.4 percent of his passes.
Everyone is wishing Park the best in his recovery. But if/when he returns to the team, it might be behind Kempt if Iowa State is able to steal a win against Oklahoma today.
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