Oklahoma QB Austin Kendall Reportedly Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall (10) warms up before the start of an NCAA college football game against Baylor in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

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The Oklahoma Sooners could reportedly be down to just two scholarship quarterbacks for the 2019 season.

According to Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World, signal-caller Austin Kendall entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal to explore the option of moving to a different school. As a graduate transfer, Kendall would be eligible to play immediately for a new school and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

While he still has the option of returning to the Big 12 powerhouse, Kendall’s potential exit would leave Oklahoma with just two scholarship quarterbacks—freshman Spencer Rattler and redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is expected to enter the NFL draft.

Kendall has been sidelined behind two straight Heisman Trophy winners during his time at Oklahoma in Murray and Baker Mayfield. He hasn’t seen significant game action as a result and has tallied just 265 passing yards, 29 rushing yards and three total touchdowns during his career.

He arrived at Oklahoma as a 4-star prospect and the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and chose the Big 12 school over the likes of Tennessee and Auburn.

The Sooners are coming off a Big 12 title and College Football Playoff appearance and will need one of their young signal-callers to continue the tradition of success if they are going to be national factors again in 2019 should Kendall ultimately leave. 

Rattler stands out as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. Kendall’s decision to enter the transfer portal could clear the way for the highly regarded prospect to take over the position as the primary playmaker in head coach Lincoln Riley’s dynamic offense.

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