Former WVU QB Austin Kendall transfers to Louisiana Tech
Former West Virginia starting quarterback Austin Kendall will transfer to Louisiana Tech for the final year of his college career, according to BleedTechBlue.com.
Kendall transferred to West Virginia ahead of the 2019 season from Oklahoma, where he had supported back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners at Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Coming from a prestigious program like Oklahoma and the success they had over the years with quarterbacks, expectations were pretty high for Kendall at Morgantown.
Sadly, he suffered a hand injury for much of the 2019 season and didn’t have much help around him. The offensive line was very young and inexperienced, with the exception of left tackle Colton McKivitz, which led to WVU’s struggles in the running game. At the wide receiver, the Mountaineers lost Gary Jennings and David Sills V to the NFL and Marcus Simms left the team in the spring Neal Brown took over. The drops and inexperience plagued WVU at the wide receiver and it wasn’t until the end of the year that they finally started to show up. By this time, Kendall had lost the starting position to Jarret Doege and never got it back. He spent the entire 2020 season as a substitute for Doege and only saw the action in the first game of the year against Eastern Kentucky and in the bowl game against the Army. In the bowl game, Doege struggled to move the ball across the field, so at halftime Neal Brown made the switch to go to Kendall and it paid off. Kendall led the Mountaineers to a comeback victory to give Neal Brown his first bowl victory as WVU head coach. In that game, Kendall scored an 8/17 for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
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