The college football transfer portal has never been busier. The latest quarterback to throw his name in the ring has a Kentucky connection.
The Tulsa World reports quarterback Austin Kendall will transfer from Oklahoma. The four-star pocket passer played sparingly as a true freshman backup for the Sooners in 2016. After redshirting for Baker Mayfield’s Heisman winning season, many believed Kendall could beat out Kyler Murray. Instead, Kendall backed up another Heisman Trophy winner.
As Kendall seeks a new home, he could revisit a familiar place. Austin’s brother, Ryan, was a walk-on wide receiver at Kentucky from 2014-18. Early in the recruiting process Kentucky pitched Austin Kendall the chance to play with his brother, but ultimately lost the sweepstakes to Oklahoma.
If Gunnar Hoak grad transfers, Kentucky’s quarterback room could use another weapon. Austin Kendall will have two years of eligibility remaining as a grad transfer and could play right away.
The Kentucky connection might actually help Kendall land at another school. Neal Brown was one of the first to recruit Kendall. Brown needs to replace Will Grier and West Virginia isn’t a bad place to exact revenge against Oklahoma. Anything can happen, but Kendall to West Virginia makes too much sense.