The NCAA’s transfer portal seems to be the hippest place to be for college football players in 2019.
A litany of highly touted players are reportedly in the transfer portal, including Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Tate Martell.
Another name, one that might be of interest to fans of the Tennessee Vols, reportedly entered the portal this week — Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall.
Austin Kendall, who would be among the first in line to replace Kyler Murray as Oklahoma’s starter this year, is in the transfer portal https://t.co/AiPUYmK324
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 11, 2019
Kendall, a former four-star recruit, committed to Tennessee in 2014, before decommitting in early 2015. At the time, it appeared that Butch Jones and the Vols moved on from Kendall. The Vols had a commitment from Sheriron Jones and they were heavily pursuing Jarrett Guarantano (who eventually committed and signed). Quinten Dormady also signed during Kendall’s time as a commit.
The decision by Kendall to enter the transfer portal (which doesn’t mean for certain he will transfer) is perplexing. If Kyler Murray leaves Oklahoma (and it seems he will certainly leave, either for the Oakland Athletics or the NFL), Kendall would be the de facto starter.
Of course, this could signal that Oklahoma feels pretty good about potentially landing Jalen Hurts. Maybe Kendall is simply entering the portal to give himself some options if Hurts (or another grad transfer) ends up with the Sooners next season.
If Kendall transfers, he’ll be immediately eligible to play as a grad transfer.
The North Carolina native has appeared in six career games for Oklahoma, completing 28 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
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