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West Virginia QB Austin Kendall Puts Name Into NCAA Transfer Portal

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Austin Kendall appears to be on the move again.

Kendall, a quarterback who just completed his second season at West Virginia University, has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. The Associated Press confirmed Kendall’s status in the transfer portal with a WVU spokesman on Tuesday morning.

Kendall came to WVU as a graduate transfer from Oklahoma not long after Neal Brown was hired by the Mountaineers amid some controversy when OU coach Lincoln Riley initially blocked the transfer. Riley relented, and Kendall became West Virginia’s starting quarterback for most of the 2019. Bowling Green transfer Jarret Doege took that job late in the 2019 season and carried it over into 2020, but Kendall did finish his career at WVU by leading the Mountaineers to second-half rally to beat Army in the Liberty Bowl.

“I think it should be noted Austin had practiced really well during bowl prep, and really for about the last six weeks he has practiced really well, and we have confidence in him,” Brown said after the bowl game.. “I thought he came in in relief and did a nice job. We had some drops, and that’s kind of plagued us throughout the year, but he made plays when we needed. I love Austin’s attitude. He’s fun to coach, and then when his number got called, he made the most of it.”

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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