Brown: Kendall improving as a game manager, but there’s still room for growth

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WVU quarterback Austin Kendall has passed for more than 200 yards in three games this season, all three of them victories for the Mountaineers. 

Though he exceeded 200 yards passing again in the 29-24 win over Kansas, head coach Neal Brown admits Kendall wasn’t at his best, but he did display progress in one specific area.  

Brown was pleased with the way Kendall orchestrated a scoring drive in the final minute of the first half to give the mountaineers a three-point lead over the Jayhawks, and said the drive was a critical piece of West Virginia’s win.

That’s why Brown praised Kendall’s improvement as a game manager this week.  

“I thought the drive before half [was] really well done by him,” Brown said. “He managed the clock, he was efficient in his throws, he went to where the ball needed to go. So I think he’s improving.”

But there’s still more for Kendall to work on, including accuracy on deep balls. While the Mountaineers have recorded nine plays of 20 yards or more in their last two wins, they failed to connect on a pass in that range against Kansas.

“Our next step is, we’ve got to get the ball downfield — and that’s something that he knows he’s got to improve on,” Brown said. “Again, we’ve got to improve on our protection on those downfield throws, we gotta improve on schematically setting up those one-one-one opportunities and we’ve got to improve on getting open.” 

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