Kyle Kempt played the role of hero last year when Iowa State knocked off then-No. 3 Oklahoma, throwing for three touchdowns, including the game-winner with just more than two minutes remaining.
Saturday, when the now No. 5 Sooners travel to face the Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium, Kempt is questionable after suffering a knee injury in last week?s loss to Iowa.
Kempt did return to practice Wednesday, but his availability to face the Sooners remains up in the air.
?He?s out there. He?s moving around. He?s throwing the ball,? Iowa State receivers coach Bryan Gasser told reporters. ?I don?t necessarily know what his status is, but he was out there doing things.?
If Kempt can?t go, the Cyclones will turn to redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland. Noland has one career start, beating Baylor last season when Kempt was hurt.
For Oklahoma, it?s the third consecutive game it enters the week not knowing who the opponent?s quarterback will be. In the opener against Florida Atlantic, Owls coach Lane Kiffin kept his quarterback decision a secret until just before the game when he started Chris Robison. A week ago, UCLA starter Wilton Speight worked out some during the week, but freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson ultimately got the nod.
Last year the Sooners had no film on Kempt.
?You?d rather see them, but then the advantage for us is that it?s a guy that hasn?t played a ton either,? OU coach Lincoln Riley said. ?It kinda goes both ways. You?re gonna have to be ready to adjust.?