Following a week of speculation, seemingly all around Oklahoma Football, coveted backup Quarterback Austin Kendall has made his transfer destination.
Once expected to be the next-in-line to be Lincoln Riley’s man under center, the college football universe was shaken to its core upon learning that former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced his transferring to Oklahoma this past Wednesday, further complicating matters.
Up until Thursday, OU kept a stronghold on their backup QB, blocking any transfers for the immediately eligible graduate transfer, but are now allowing him to leave the Norman campus and do what he pleases. His official decision came on Friday morning, even though it was expected to be prolonged for a couple of days.
The official announcement came as no surprise to anyone, as the former Oklahoma gunslinger is headed to West Virginia to continue his collegiate career, but this time as the presumed starter for the Mountaineers.
The statement of his transfer to WVU was made via his Twitter on Friday morning.
Thank you Sooner nation for an amazing three years. I will never forget the connections and opportunities at OU.
There’s only ☝🏻. I am excited for this next step in my life and opportunity at West Virginia University. #HailWV pic.twitter.com/Jr5ut7h4YQ
— Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) January 18, 2019
The Mountaineers are in serious need of a quarterback, and a sense of direction, going forward. Dana Holgerson, former West Virginia head coach, accepted the same position at the University of Houston, and on top of that, their trusted Senior leader on the offensive end, former WVU QB Will Grier just declared for the NFL Draft. Though Kendall has played limited snaps, he stills shows prowess as a starter and is an upgrade from Jack Allison, who will be looking forward to a position battle with the new transfer.
If Kendall is to win the starting job, the Oklahoma-West Virginia matchup in late 2019 will be quite the dandy to watch when Jalen Hurts and Austin Kendall (who could both be Heisman candidates in 2019) compete in a regular season shootout.