|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.