Report: Austin Kendall Enrolls At West Virginia
With just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2019, obtaining at least one transfer with immediate eligibility was a priority for West Virginia’s football program. Preferably, that would be a player with at least some experience and the ability to compete with incumbents Jack Allison and Trey Lowe.
The departure of offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, followed by that of former head coach Dana Holgorsen, put a temporary halt to that effort. With many staffers departing, and the identity of the new coach yet to be determined, WVU was put a bit behind as transfer season, which is almost as important as the traditional recruiting season, unfolded. Ties and potential relationships between departing coaches and some transfer targets disappeared.
However, new WVU head coach Neal Brown hit the ground running on this issue, and has reportedly gotten Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall to fill the void, as first reported by MetroNews’ Brad Howe.
Kendall played in eight games for Oklahoma – two during his freshman season of 2016 and six during last year as a redshirt sophomore. In 2016, he completed 16-of-22 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions. That season included the most extensive game action of his career, when he as 12-of-15 for 108 yards and two scores against Louisiana-Monroe. He was also sacked three times in that game.
After redshirting in 2017, he saw action in six contests in 2018, with one start against Baylor. He was only 0-of-2 in that game, playing just one series before Kyler Murray returned from a “punishment” for being late to practice, but he was again mostly error-free on the season. For the year, he was 12-17 for 122 yards and two scores, while again avoiding an interception.
Kendall played his high school football at Cuthbertson High in Waxhaw, N.C., which is a southern suburb of Charlotte. There, he passed for 10,256 yards and 110 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,300 yards on 332 carries. He had offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson, among others, before choosing OU.
In terms of style, Kendall looks to be somewhere between Allison and Lowe. He is first a pocket passer, but has respectable mobility, which he displayed in high school. He doesn’t have the speed of Lowe, but he does appear to be enough of a threat to run that he would keep defenses honest.
The tie between WVU and Kendall comes courtesy of head coach Neal Brown, who had coached Kendall’s older brother Ryan at Kentucky in 2014 and recruited Austin Kendall to the school. Ryan Kendall was a walk-on receiver at UK for three seasons before departing after the 2016 campaign.