Iowa State is currently facing Oklahoma on the road in Norman, and on Friday, we learned that it would be without its starting quarterback.
Jacob Park, a starter for much of the 2016 season who had played every snap of the 2017 season thus far, has been a solid performer for the Cyclones.
So far this season, he is 100-for-162 1,181 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has also run for one score.
He is not playing for ISU in Norman today, however. Yesterday, the team announced that he has taken a leave of absence. From The Des Moines Register:
“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a statement first obtained by the Register 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.”
Senior Kyle Kempt is currently in for ISU, and is 0-for-1 so far on the day. Last season, he appeared in one game for the Cyclones, completing both of his two pass attempts for 15 yards.
Oklahoma leads the game 7-0 midway through the first quarter.
We wish Park the best as he deals with whatever had led to this leave.