FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football team has announced the addition of transfer quarterback Blake Kemp to its signing class. Kemp brings a wealth of experience as a FBS transfer and former Arizona high school product.
"We're excited to add another former Arizona high school standout in Blake," said offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tim Plough. "What we love the most about Blake is that he's got a winning attitude. He's had a long path to get here and he's always had such a great outlook on everything. That kind of maturity and leadership instantly makes us better."
Kemp, who played high school ball at Hamilton in Chandler and led the Huskies to three straight state championships, comes to NAU after a stint at East Carolina University. Last season, Kemp completed 260 of 375 passes for 16 touchdowns. He threw for a total of 2,658 yards and an average of 241.6 yards per game. Prior to ECU, Kemp led Mesa Community College to a pair of bowl games in 2012 and 2013.
"We have a young quarterback room and we knew we needed maturity," Plough added. "Not only that, but Blake is an excellent athlete. Last season alone Blake had five 300-yard passing games, including one against the University of Florida; so he's played at a high level and he's thrived there. The combination that he brings to our team has us all very excited. We got a lot better when Blake chose to be a Lumberjack."