|10 Blake Kemp|
Will open first active season on the Pirates' roster in a position to challenge Kurt Benkert for the starting quarterback job ... A junior college transfer who used a non-traditional redshirt season because of former signal-caller Shane Carden's success and subsequent lock-hold as the starter in 2014 ... Was a late addition to East Carolina's `14 recruiting class, officially signing a national letter-of-intent on March 7 ... An accurate and mobile lefty who could provide opponent defenses a completely different look and alter game-planning strategies ... Completed eight-of-13 passes for 95 yards but was also picked off twice during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 ... Was 10-of-18 for 78 yards in the second tilt on April 11 before wrapping up spring work with a six-of-10, 33-yard effort during the Purple-Gold Game a week later ... In all, completed 24-of-41 passes (58.5 completion percentage) for 206 yards with two interceptions ... Strength and conditioning testing numbers include a 440-pound back squat, a 286-pound power clean, a 28.5" vertical jump, an 8'7" broad jump and a shuttle drill time of 4.47.
2014: Redshirted during initial season in the ECU program ... Brought a level of maturity and poise to the offensive scout squad, which enhanced defensive preparation on a weekly basis.
Junior College: Directed Mesa Community College to a pair of bowl games during two-year career under coach Ryan Felker (Thunderbirds fell to Glendale 41-35 in the 2012 Valley of the Sun Bowl and to Trinity Valley 72-23 in the 2013 Heart of Texas Bowl) ... Selected as MCC's Top Male Athlete in 2013-14 ... Completed 229-of-352 passes for 2,961 yards and 27 touchdowns in eight games as a sophomore team captain in 2013 ... Also ran for 128 yards and three scores ... Recorded multiple TD strikes on seven occasions and had three or more in six contests ... Averaged 370.1 air yards per game and 8.4 yards per throw ... Threw for 550 yards or more twice and recorded a pair of five touchdown pass outings ... In all, surpassed 300 yards in six of eight games ... Completed a career-best 48 passes in back-to-back wins against Glendale and New Mexico Military Institute and logged a combined nine TD passes over those two games ... Threw for a season-high 556 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns (five pass, two rush) against Scottsdale, topping own single-game school records for passing yards, completions, attempts and passing touchdown records ... Was picked off 11 times as a sophomore ... Completed 162-of-262 passes for 1,583 yards, 16 touchdowns and was intercepted five times in 11 contests during rookie season in 2012 ... Added 151 yards and three TDs on the ground ... Tossed multiple touchdown passes in six games during freshman campaign ... Threw for a then-career-high 432 yards and three TDs while completing a season-best 44-of-66 passes against New Mexico Military Institute -- all besting school records that had stood since 1995 and 1996 ... Passed for 175 yards and three scores in a 27-16 victory over Pima in his collegiate debut ... Named a Presidential Scholar for his accomplishments in the classroom.
High School: Part of a Hamilton High School program which enjoyed a nation-best run of 53-straight victories (freshman to senior seasons) ... Helped Huskies to state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (with a runner-up title in 2011 as a senior) ... Passed for 2,580 yards and 24 touchdowns to guide HHS to a 13-1 record as a senior team captain for coach Steve Belles ... Named the Powerade FAB 50 Spotlight Player-of-the-Week during course of campaign.
Personal: Full name is Blake H. Kemp ... Born Nov. 16, 1993 at Chandler, Ariz. ... Son of Eric and Michele Kemp ... A communications major who followed ECU Honor Roll designation in the 2014 fall semester with a Dean's List standing for the 2015 spring term ... Enjoys the outdoors ... Hobbies include hunting, fishing, snowboarding, camping, hiking and swimming.